I’ll always be the first to admit that I have some “ultimate weaknesses” when it comes to musical theater, or just any sort of entertainment in general. For one, I adore a good romance, second, I love good ol’ fashioned Broadway numbers, and last but not least, I lose it over a good, well-crafted set piece. So it brings me great joy to tell you that Roundabout’s new revival of the classic Jerry Bock musical She Loves Me features all of those qualities and much, much more.
Unlike, I believe, most of the Internet, I did not watch the pilot of Supergirl when it leaked. I waited until last night, and apparently, I wasn’t alone. According to Variety.com, almost 13 million people tuned in last night. The pilot featured Supergirl, or Kara Danvers, played by Melissa Benoist, being sent to Earth to protect Superman, and getting there to find he’s already a hero. Feeling that neither Kent nor humanity needs her protection, she decides to blend in. That is, until her adopted sister is put in danger. It’s up to Kara to become a hero, and take on threats directed at her and her city.
With recent casting announcements coming out for Jason Robert Brown’s Parade in concert on February 16, 2015, I find myself looking forward to this event, and really praying that it is successful. If we can’t have another revival of Ragtime, Parade is the closest thing we have to a musical that is relevant to current issues facing America.
Parade is based on the true story of a Jewish man living in the south accused of raping and murdering a young girl who worked in the factory he oversaw. The musical (as I do not know much about the actual case) has Leo get arrested because he is Jewish, and because an African-American suspect would be typical, and wouldn’t draw in headlines. Again, in the musical, it would seem Leo is wrongfully accused, but the media takes the story and runs with it. Most of the play is spent trying to determine if Leo is guilty in the courtroom, by the newsmen, and the public. It is a really moving piece with a phenomenal score.
The future of Broadway is already looking pretty epic. We aren’t even out of 2014 yet, but with announcements like An American in Paris, Ever After, and even the rumored Frozen musical, we at DG can’t help but dream of what’s to come down the Great White Way.
So in the spirit of being excited, here’s a list of some dream casting choices for these upcoming productions. Some may be far fetched, while others a wish that could come true, but either way it’s fun to imagine what the future has in store. So turn down the lights, let the orchestra play, and enjoy our most magical of casting fantasies!