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BWW Blog: Fantasy Casting AMERICAN IDOL's Top-5 in Musicals Real & ImaginedIn last week's American Idol recap, I mused that some enterprising theatre producer should snag the stage rights* to the Jack Black movie SCHOOL OF ROCK and cast IDOL front-runner Caleb Johnson in the lead role. In addition, earlier in the season, I said that Caleb should cover a song by Meat Loaf, a Broadway vet three times over. So, that got me thinking, if I were going to fantasy cast the American Idol Top-5 in classic and "potential" musicals, what shows would work best?

(*After I wrote that last week, I found out that some theatre novice named Andrew Lloyd Webber bought the rights last year.)

Let me know what you think of my picks, and chime in with your own in the comments below, or on Twitter @BWWMatt. And of course, don't forget to check back Wednesday right after the show for my full recap and critique of Wednesday's Top-5 "Viewer's Choice" show.

Now, onto Bernie Telsey moment:


Jena IreneBWW Blog: Fantasy Casting AMERICAN IDOL's Top-5 in Musicals Real & Imagined
Throughout this season, Jena has shown both a willingness to tackle many different musical personalities, and an ability to belt the bejesus out of some high notes. She has slain songs by such varied artists as Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Radiohead, Pink, Paramore, Zedd, and Lana Del Rey, being true to the original, while throwing in her own brand of vocal power. So, for this 17-year-old I chose roles that would play to both of those strengths.

Revival: Brooklyn in BROOKLYN THE MUSICAL (a role played on tour by IDOL alum Diana Degarmo). In this 2004 show, Brooklyn participates in a singing competition with "the biggest purse in the history of histories." While American Idol surely isn't making that claim, I thought the symmetry was too perfect to overlook.

New show: Sarah, Allison, Cosima, and the rest of the Clone Club in ORPHAN BLACK: THE MUSICAL. As shown in the pictures above, she's got the faces down.


Caleb JohnsonBWW Blog: Fantasy Casting AMERICAN IDOL's Top-5 in Musicals Real & Imagined
I am not the only one to think Caleb might be the lovechild of Jack Black and Meat Loaf, so I decided to cast the season's resident rocker in roles that his hypothetical fathers have made famous.

Revival: Eddie in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (played originally on Broadway and in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW by Meat Loaf).



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