Broadway is freaking out because the beloved, iconic, and game-changing (no hyperbole) musical A Chorus Line is getting another screen adaptation from Ryan Murphy. The Hollywood and Broadway producer announced plans to bring a 10-part A Chorus Line miniseries to Netflix. Hopefully it will wipe away the memory of the not-so-great 1985 film adaptation. Now, while Murphy’s The Prom adaptation went Hollywood, his Boys in the Band stayed very Broadway; so here are eight dancers from the Broadway community that we hope are considered for the new A Chorus Line on Netflix.*
The Tony-nominated star of Ain’t Too Proud previously appeared in Broadway’s Newsies, Memphis, Motown, and Hamilton. He’s an absolutely magnetic performer. He’s also no stranger to the camera, having starred as Seaweed in Hairspray Live! and the film Detroit. He’s our pick for Richie Walters.
The fierce dancer legit stops the show over at Moulin Rouge right now. There are gasps as she dances “Roxanne”. She won raves as Cassie in Encores! A Chorus Line, but if Meryl is playing Dee Dee Allen, some big stars are going to play Cassie and Zach. So for TV, we want to see Robyn's bite and sass—we want her in the Tony Award-winning role of Sheila Bryant.
The career dancer, who most recently starred as Rum Tum Tugger in Broadway’s Cats, has the charm, the talent, and smile to bring Bobby Mills to life on screen.
We’ve loved Tommy Bracco since Broadway’s Newsies, but now thanks to his appearance on Big Brother, the world loves Tommy Bracco. He starred as Mike Costa in the recent Encores! production and he should reprise his performance for the screen.
Another insanely fierce and talented dancer, Paloma has been on Broadway since she’s a teenager. She’s currently catching your eye at every turn in Moulin Rouge. We think she’d be the Bebe Benzenheimer we want and deserve.
The standout young dancer from The Prom (aka the one in the white suit), Anthony is our pick for the youngest dancer on the line, Mark Anthony.
Whether you saw her burn up the floor starring in Flashdance or live it up as the life of the party in Bright Star, you know Emily Padgett is the real deal. That’s why we want to see her shine as fan favorite Val Clark.
Catherine Ricafort won our hearts singing “Friki-Friki” in Honeymoon in Vegas. She’s been in eight Broadway shows, slaying it every time. Catherine is our pick to deliver that amazing Connie Wong monologue in “Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love”.
*We must say: the possibilities were endless and there's no wrong choice here because Broadway has the best dancers you can find for this project—you should see only our SLACK channel about this.