Who would you like to see in the revival cast?
Christian Borle seems likely.
She may be a bit old, but Sherie Rene Scott would be great.
Christian Borle and Aaron Lazar as Marvin and Whizzer.
Dan Fogler would make a good Mendel. I didn't see his performance in a New Brain but I can imagine him in Falsettos.
Rachel Bay Jones is a fantastic yet underrated performer that may make a good Trina. Jennifer Laura Thompson would also be good as Trina or "a lesbian from nextdoor."
Marvin: Zachary Levi
Whizzer: Jeremy Jordan
Trina: Annaleigh Ashford
Mendel: Aaron Lazar
Charlotte: Carly Hughes
Cordelia: Kate Wetherhead
Jason: Joshua Colley
Annaleigh Ashford is way too young for Trina.
I thought Stephanie J Block was playing Trina?
I heard Chenoweth was playing Trina.
I think Groff should do it.
I agree: Jonathan Groff as Marvin would be perfection.
Is Annaleigh really too young for Trina? Weren't she and Marvin high school sweethearts? Meaning they could both be right around 30 (since Jason is being bar-mitzvahed). I think she'd be wonderful in the role.
As for the rest, I can't really decide. I agree Aaron Lazar would be great as Mendel simply because I could buy him as half-Jewish and he really does look better than a donut. I actually think Christian Borle would be a better Mendel than Marvin (older and more serious than Groff).
The lesbians...one butch, one girly; maybe Lea Delaria makes her return to Broadway as Dr. Charlotte and maybe Elizabeth Stanley as Cordelia.
I would also like to see Santino in the mix. There really are so many possibilities. I can't wait to see it. Lapine's direction of A New Brain was smart and right on the money.
I just realized I confused Trina with the Sweetheart character from In Trousers. Oh well, there's no specific age listed for any of the characters so it's not that big of a deal. Faith Prince was 33 when she played Trina in Falsettoland (1990), although Barbara Walsh was older (37) when Falsettos was on Broadway in 1992.
I want to hear Annaliegh Ashford sing I'm Breaking Down and Holding to the Ground. I'd like to see how she balances the humor and sadness in those two great songs. So many Trinas I've seen fault on one side or the other. I think she'd nail it.
I'm not concerned about the age. Sure it has to believable that she has a 12-13 year old son, but that won't be a problem if the directing/acting is effective.
I also prefer a younger Marvin. The character's flaws are easier to accept f he's not pushing forty What is cute and charming at thirty can seem whiny and immature ten years later.
I've given this a few more minutes thought. I shouldn't have just written "balance the humor and sadness". I'm looking for the actress that evokes Trina's humor and sadness, and also her disappointment, intelligence, and strength; all the things that make up a well-rounded character and not just a caricature.
Isn't Whizzer the one that's half Jewish. Isn't Mendel supposed to be sort of goofy. I feel like Aaron Lazar would be too hunky for Mendel.
I'm not sure that I would like a Marvin as young as Groff. He would feel too "cute" and I can't see him playing the fatherly side of the role.
How about Craig Bierko for Mendel
Bierko is too old and lacks the menschy quality Mendel needs. Someone like Josh Grisetti would be really great as Mendel; he's more in the vein of Chip Zien and Lonny Price.
The ideal Trina of the moment will be unavailable because of "She Loves Me".
Marvin: Christian Borle
Whizzer: Jonathan Groff
Mendel: Josh Grisetti
Trina: Heidi Blickenstaff
Charlotte: Sally Wilfert
Cordelia: Betsy Wolfe
Didn't realize we were casting to type. Would love to see some surprises. Are we thinking this is going to be a paint by numbers revival? In today's enviornment I would think they might be looking to cast a name outside the B'Way regulars.
I highly doubt you'll see any out of the box casting for this revival.
Matt Morrison as Marvin
Jay Armstrong Johnson as Whizzer
Laura Benanti as Trina
Brian d'Arcy James as Mendel
Lesli Margherita as Trina.
Mendel Brandon UranowitzTrina Kathryn HahnMarvin Euan MortonWhizzer Max von EssenJason Jake LucasCharlotte Adriane LenoxCordelia Sarah Stiles
I like most of these ideas, but no one's Marvin strikes me as right.
I really have no idea who I would like to see play this part.
I'm going to have to really think about it.
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