It’s hard to imagine anyone better suited for a starring role on Broadway than Chris Colfer (besides his Glee twin Lea Michele, of course). In fact, Chris recently admitted at this year’s New Yorker Festival that he’s hoping to someday appear on the Great White Way, but that he wasn’t sure which role would be best for him. Have no fear, Chris: Leave the casting work to us.
Although his character Kurt said that the only leads right for him would be in La Cage aux Folles or Falsettos, we feel there are plenty of shows that would be great for a mega-watt talent like Chris, and we’ve listed our top five picks here. Let us know if you agree!
5. Show: The Music Man
Role: Harold Hill
Debuted on Broadway: 1957
Here’s why: We’re sure that Chris in his slightly younger days would have been perfect as lisping Winthrop, played in the ‘62 film version by little Ron Howard. But these days, we’d rather see Chris as huckster Harold Hill, and what show would be more perfect for a Glee cast member than one about organizing a marching band? Plus, if Chris gets the role, perhaps he can finally help us figure out what the word “shipoopi” means.
4. Show: The Book of Mormon
Role: Edler Price
Debuted on Broadway in: 2011
Here’s why: There are many current shows that Chris would be great in, such as even a less-obvious role like that of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (given Chris’ ability to hit the falsetto in hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry”). But we think the most ideal fit would be in Book of Mormon — not to mention that it’s the hottest show in town. You’d have to agree that Chris (as the sheltered, by-the-book Elder Price) matching up with Josh Gad’s Elder Cunningham would be a match made in musical-comedy heaven — regardless of your actual faith.
3. Show: Hello, Dolly!
Role: Cornelius Hackl
Debuted on Broadway in: 1964
Here’s why: If A Chorus Line hadn’t so recently been produced, we would push for him to play Paul, but another enduring classic, Hello, Dolly!, also deserves a revival. So why not cast Chris as scheming, desperate-for-love Cornelius, a role originated by Charles Nelson Reilly? The only thing we’re worried about is that now we’re going to be humming the song “Hello, Dolly!” for the next three weeks.
2. Show: Rent
Role: Mark Cohen
Debuted on Broadway in: 1996
Here’s why: We almost think that Chris could pull off Danny in Grease, but when it comes to a show about young people in love, he’d be even better suited to play Mark in Rent, a part once played by Glee guest star (not to mention the favorite actor of grandmas everywhere) Neil Patrick Harris.
1. Show: Peter Pan
Debuted on Broadway in: 1954
Here’s why: We know that this role is often played by women, but we kinda think he’d perfect to play someone who won’t grow up. He has the boyish charm, lithe dance moves, and perfect vocal range to excel in this role. Can’t you just hear him delivering a dynamite “crow”?
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