PLAYBILL POLL: Who Should Play Wendla in a Film Adaptation of Spring Awakening? Readers Respond

Polls   PLAYBILL POLL: Who Should Play Wendla in a Film Adaptation of Spring Awakening? Readers Respond
In a recent interview with, lyricist-librettist Steven Sater revealed that a Spring Awakening film may begin production this summer. Sater also stated that he and Duncan Sheik have composed a new song for the film. With casting still underway, we wondered: Who should play the role of Wendla, the part originated on Broadway by Lea Michele, in the film? polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter. Their responses follow:

Lea Michele

Randi Brynteson: Lea Michele. Love her.
Jade Oxberry: Lea!!!!!
Toni Bufete: Lea!!!
Dominick Torro: Lea!
Suzanne Tidwell: I think Lea could still nail it. She is, and will always be, Wendla to me.
Charlie Dean: Lea Michele.
Nicole Megan Neumann: Lea Michele
Shannon Leigh Crawford: Lea should do it
Simone Stark Gay: Lea could still pull it off, she still looks young enough!
Rick Ross: Lea Michele

Michele, who made her Broadway debut in 1995 as Young Cosette in Les Miserables, orginated the role of Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening, earning a Tony nomination for her performance. She has since been seen in Fiddler on the Roof and Ragtime and has achieved international fame in the TV series "Glee."

Krysta Rodriguez

Meghan Maricelli Garrett: Krysta Rodriguez. She's already been in the show, and she's the right age.

Rodriguez was most recently seen as Casey in this season's musical about online dating, First Date. She was also part of the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening and originated the role of Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. The singing actress was also seen in the NBC series "Smash."

Abigail Breslin
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Dylan James: Abigail Breslin

Breslin, an Oscar nominee for her performance in "Little Miss Sunshine," made her Broadway debut in The Miracle Worker in 2010. She was recently seen in the film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County.

Ariana Grande

Tim Stuff: Ariana Grande
Neil Faulkes: Ariana is a great suggestion.

Grande originated the role of Charlotte in the Jason Robert Brown musical 13. She has also been seen on hit television series such as “iCarly” and “Victorious.”

Selena Gomez

R. Scott Reedy: Selena Gomez or at least someone in her age range.

Gomez rose to stardom in the Disney Channel original series “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Her debut album, “Stars Dance,” reached number one on the US Billboard Top 100 list.

Chloë Grace Moretz

Meg Rojahn: Chloë Grace Moretz. She's old enough to play the role without losing the innocence of the character. She's also an incredibly talented actress and would be able to bring a different take to the character rather than just replicating everything Lea already brought to the role.
Jennifer Weber: Chloë Moretz

Primarily a film actress, Moretz was recently seen in the title role in the 2013 remake of the 1976 film “Carrie.”


Matt Welch: I might be crazy - but I'd like to hear pop singer Lorde's take on these songs.

Hailing from New Zealand, Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, best known by her stage name Lorde, was nominated for four Grammys at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Her hit single “Royals” won both Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

Jennifer Damiano

Jessica Hollander-Sunshine: Jennifer Damiano..She'll finally have her chance to play Wendla and she's old enough to play the role

Damiano made her Broadway debut in 2006 in the original cast of Spring Awakening. She also originated the roles of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Natalie Goodman in Next to Normal, earning a Tony nomination for her work in the latter. 

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