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Dream Casting the Tony Nominees: 6 Roles That Are Perfect for This Year’s Nominated Actors

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|by Marshall W. Mabry IV |

From Pippin to Macbeth, here are the roles we’re hoping they play next

Every May, The Tony award nominations are announced, and Broadway recognizes its best of the best. These actors lead almost three-hour long Broadway shows, every night, eight times a week, so they’re nearly superhuman. A Tony nomination or win can open many doors for any actor, and this year’s outstanding nominees may already be planning their next project. We’ve got a few ideas for the roles they might shine in next – which just might earn them another nod.

Tony nominee Lilli Cooper as Julie Nichols in ‘Tootsie’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Tony nominee Lilli Cooper as Julie Nichols in ‘Tootsie’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Jeremy Pope: Pippin in Pippin
The now two-time Tony nominee is hot on the scene! With his play (Choir Boy) and musical (Ain’t Too Proud) Broadway debuts both earning him Tony nominations, Jeremy is proving himself to be Broadway’s next big leading man. And what’s a bigger leading role than the title role in Pippin? Filled with wonder, fear and a lot of magic, Pippin is the perfect show for Jeremy. Plus, with Jeremy being one of Broadway’s up-and-coming activists, Pippin’s political side would suit him well.

Eva Noblezada of Hadestown: Anna in Frozen
The 23-year-old Tony nominee is without a doubt a face we’ll be seeing on Broadway for decades to come. Eva broke onto the scene in the 2017 revival of Miss Saigon, and hasn’t stopped working since. But with a show like Frozen, she’d get to do something unlike anything she’s done before. A comedic role like Anna would be a complete tonal switch from the darkness of Hadestown and Miss Saigon. Plus, she could inspire young actors of color, all while belting “For the First Time in Forever” eight times a week.

Stephanie J. Block of The Cher Show: The Witch in Into the Woods
Give the people what they want! There are two things Broadway will always love: Sondheim musicals, and Stephanie J. Block. So why not put them together? Block is currently playing Cher, one of the biggest divas in the music industry, but we’d love to see her take on the witch. Armed with quick wit, a haunting story and one of the most beautiful Sondheim ballads ever written, the Witch in Into the Woods is one of the most iconic roles in musical theater, and one that Block would undoubtedly give her own signature spin.

Lilli Cooper of Tootsie: Trina in Falsettos
There’s just something about former Elphabas from Wicked going on to play Trina in Falsettos that audiences can’t get enough of. Stephanie J. Block and Eden Espinosa have both taken on these two challenging roles, and Lilli should get a shot at it next. Trina is an actor’s role, songs like “Breaking Down” and “Holding to the Ground” are songs that are hard to sing, and harder still to act. Trina’s almost enigmatic in the way she thinks, and Lilli’s nuanced acting makes her perfect for the role. After starring in both Tootsie and SpongeBob SquarePants, she’s proved that she has both the comedic timing and the acting ability to tackle it. 

Bryan Cranston of Network: Macbeth in Macbeth
The Tony winner is back on Broadway and nominated again for his work in Network at the Belasco Theatre. Every year, Broadway ushers in at least one or two Shakespeare revivals or adaptations. This year alone brought us King Lear starring Glenda Jackson, Bernhardt/Hamlet and Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, and next season, we would love to see Bryan Cranston take a crack at the behemoth role of the title character in Macbeth. Many revered actors, from James Earl Jones to Sir Ian Mckellen, from Denzel Washington to Sir Patrick Stewart, have taken on this role, and Cranston should be the next to join their ranks. As he currently is doing as unhinged news anchor Howard Beale in Network, Cranston could define an iconic character for a new generation of theatregoers as MacBeth.

Derrick Baskin of Ain’t Too Proud: Curtis Taylor Jr. in Dreamgirls
This is our dream! After delivering the smoothest vocals on Broadway as Otis Williams, Baskin would be perfect in Dreamgirls. Playing the smooth-talking manager to the stars, Baskin’s voice would shine in numbers like “Steppin’ to the Bad Side” and “When I First Saw You.” The Tony nominee is just getting started, and we’re ready for whatever role he decides to tackle next.

For more of the best of Broadway this awards season, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in June 2019

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