10 Musical Revivals Broadway Is Desperate To See

March 10th, 2014 by

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The word rattling around the Rialto is revival. In the last week, perennial favorites Fiddler on the Roof, On the Town and Into the Woods all announced New York revivals for the coming seasons. And while we will clearly be first in line to see all three, we couldn’t help but note that this marks sixth Broadway mounting for Fiddler and the fourth New York production of both On the Town and Into the Woods. Below, BroadwayBox muses about 10 shows that haven’t been revived that theater audiences sure would like to see again.

Mame

Dream headliners: Tony winner Jane Krakowski as a sexy, live for the moment Auntie Mame and Tony nominee Orfeh as her boozy bestie Vera Charles.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Dream headliners: Let’s see Les Miz star Ramin Karimloo and two-time Tony nominee Robin de Jesus share a cell as Valentin and Molina, respectively.

City of Angels

Dream headliners: It’s black and white: Gavin Creel as the writer Stine and Andy Karl as Hollywood detective Stone. You can always count on Olivier winner Lesli Margherita to bring some color in the Tony-winning role of Oolie/Donna.

Once On This Island

Dream Headliners: Just move the brilliant Paper Mill Playhouse production directed by Thomas Kail and starring Syesha Mercado.

Applause

Dream Headliners: Who better than Patti LuPone as stage diva Margo Channing? And as her sweet but conniving Eve Harrington? We suggest Tony nominee Jessie Mueller.

Falsettos

Dream Headliners: How’s this for a gang of friends and lovers: Norbert Leo Butz as Marvin, Cheyenne Jackson as Whizzer, Stephanie J. Block as Trina and Michael Cerveris as Mendel.

Cats

Dream Headliners: Lea Salonga as Grizabella, Nick Adams as Mistoffelees, Justin Matthew Sargent as Rum Tum Tugger and Chuck Cooper as Old Deuteronomy.

The Secret Garden

Dream Headliners: Just planting the seeds of a revival starring Aaron Lazar as Archibald Craven, Alexander Gemignani as Neville Craven and Lilla Crawford as Mary Lenox.

The Life

Dream Headliners: Get your hooker heels ready Patina Miller and Da’Vine Joy Randolph because you’d be perfect to lead Cy Coleman’s musical about NY hookers as Queen and Sonja. Tony nominee Phillip Boykin is a natural fit for mean pimp Memphis.

Nick and Nora

Dream Headliners: It was a big flop back in the day but we think John Stamos and Sutton Foster could shine in the roles of crime-solving husband and wife duo Nick and Nora Charles. Betsy Wolfe should step into Faith Prince’s shoes as dead secretary Lorraine Bixby.