Theatre Talk Thursday: Who do you want to see make a return to Broadway?

The internet is still aflutter with the news that Idina Menzel will soon return to Broadway so the cast of weighed in on who they would love to see make a return to the stage.

Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, John Gallagher Jr.

Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, John Gallagher Jr.

Samantha, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

After hearing Skylar Astin speak about wanting to work with Jonathan Groff again, I began thinking about the last time we saw most of the Spring Awakening cast on Broadway. Lea Michele, John Gallagher Jr. and Jonathan Groff have traded the stage for television and Skylar Astin is starring in Hollywood films but I would love nothing more than to see the four of them returning to their theatre roots. And as he suggested, it wouldn’t hurt if Skylar played Jon’s brother in a production.

Alan, Managing Editor

I would love to see Tracy Letts back on Broadway. He was just in Steppenwolf’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf but I missed it. And who knows when he might be back. A prolific actor and Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, Letts currently hails from the Windy City and doesn’t make it to NYC often enough. If he did come back I would be sure to see him. He has also written some of the best plays of recent years, including August: Osage County and Killer Joe (now a movie with Woody Harrelson). Hopefully we will be seeing more of Letts and his work in the near future. If you’re reading this, Mr. Letts, I would definitely take you up on the “drink with a Broadway star” from last week’s Theatre Talk Thursday.

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury

Renee, Assistant and Contributing Writer

The first cast recording for a Broadway musical that I had listened to was Sweeney Todd with Angela Lansbury. I not only fell in love with the musical, but I was amazed by Lansbury’s Mrs. Lovett. I would love to see her return to Broadway soon. She is such a legend, and it would be such an amazing experience to get to see her in a show, when she was one of the first actresses to get me interested in Broadway and musical theatre. I really hope she does another show soon!

Wendi, Video Blogger

The Broadway actress I would most want to see return to the stage is Lea Michele, and it only partly had to do with the fact that Spring Awakening is one of my favorite musicals. Lea has one of the most amazing voices I’ve heard, and it’s pretty obvious that she was born for the stage. As much as I love Glee (or should I say the first two seasons of Glee…), Lea definitely belongs on the stage, and more specifically, on Broadway. She’s played such iconic roles including Eponine and Wendla, and I’m pretty sure she could tackle any musical theatre role and nail it. I’d pay good money to see her back and belting on a Broadway stage (maybe someday!). And, if I have the power to bring her back to Broadway, I’m giving myself casting power as well, and  I’m casting her as Eliza in the My Fair Lady revival.

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

Claire, Contributing Writer

I’d love nothing more than to see the lovely Kristin Chenoweth back on Broadway. I saw her in Promises, Promises in 2010 and she brought the house down. I idolized her as a kid and it was so crazy to see her onstage in person. I’d love to see her bring an original role to life in a new musical. Kristin is a big part of theatre history and I’d be so happy to see her performing in New York again. She’s just as wonderful to see in movies and on television, but anytime she decides to return to her musical theatre roots, New York would be thrilled to have her back – or this New Yorker would!

Amelia, Contributing Writer

I had to think long and hard about my answer, but I think my final conclusion is: James Barbour. I want his fine looking self on that Broadway stage and his dulcet tones to grace my ears again. I first saw him (5 or 6 times) as the drunken, brooding, lawyer Sydney Carton, in A Tale of Two Cities during its (shall we say, very limited engagement?) run on Broadway in 2008. If you are unfamiliar with that particular performance he has also been seen as Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre and Leon Czolgoz in the revival of Assassins. His miraculous voice brought tears to my eyes and I would love nothing more than to sit back and watch him do his thing again. The moody, broken, and sometimes disfigured, character niche totally works for him. I know he has a few cds out and does a ton of fun little concert specials, but I’m hungering for more!

Jackee, Intern

I would thoroughly enjoy hearing the amazing vocal prowess of Ty Taylor back on Broadway.  After playing Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the 1993 Broadway revival, he played the Leading Player in Pippin at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and Britney in the regional premiere of We Will Rock You in Las Vegas.  He also lent his voice to the original Broadway cast recording of Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown, making the songs “Steam Train”, “King of the World”, and “Flying Home” well-known amongst the theatre crowd.  His voice is unreal, as he can soar high into the rafters with the ease of a soprano.  The strength that his voice wields is remarkable, and the Broadway stage misses him.

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  1. I’m going with Gideon Glick and Blake Daniel. I feel like these two even though they were both in Spring Awakening have been kind of forgotten on the Broadway scene and they are both incredible. In any case, I’m voting for Gideon Glick for Aladdin in the first Broadway production of Aladdin and I’m pretty sure that Blake can do anything so….

  2. After seeing them both in Addams Family and most recently on “Smash,” I would love to see Krysta Rodriguez and Wesley Taylor perform together again on Broadway. There is something about the two of them in the same scene that excites me and makes me feel engaged in the work. They don’t necessarily need to play opposite each other; in fact, I think it would be interesting to see them play siblings or friends—characters without a romantic affiliation, like Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer in Cats. Or Action and Anybodys in West Side Story. To me, they’re the Dynamic Duo that can do no wrong!