It's an epidemic! Suddenly everyone you've ever heard of seems to be coming down with the Broadway itch.
Movie musical veteran Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!) wants to try her hand at the real thing. The actress recently told E! News, "I'd like to do something where there's one character who has one big song - a soprano song - but I don't know what that would be."
We have a guess! Tina Fey's husband, composer Jeff Richmond, reportedly told Vulture that a Broadway musical version of Fey's film Mean Girls is "actually becoming a thing!" Seyfried starred in the original and still doesn't look like she's much past junior high (Cosette is what? 17?), so Mean Girls the musical would be perfect for her Broadway debut.
Additionally, according to multiple sources, the currently running West End production of the Spice Girls' musical Viva Forever! is planning a Broadway transfer after significant revisions by book writer Jennifer Saunders aimed at making the show "sharper and funnier." Viva Forever! tells the story of a young woman and her best friends who achieve overnight fame and the impact that fame has on their relationships.
The endlessly talented James Franco also has his sights set on Broadway. The actor announced last night to Stephen Colbert that he has plans to come to the New York stage in a revival of Of Mice and Men. "I'm going to play George," Franco explained to Colbert, adding, "There's a character Slim, we haven't cast it yet. You can do it. You can nail it!" So maybe we got Colbert too?
Sex and the City star and Broadway favorite Sarah Jessica Parker (Once Upon a Mattress) is rumored to be planning to take to the off-Broadway stage this fall. The play, entitled The Commons of Pensacola will be written by actress Amanda Peet (Barefoot in the Park) and will play at the Manhattan Theater Club. The production will likely costar Tony Award winner Blythe Danner (Follies).
Anyone else? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Wait, he's actually already here. Sarah Jessica Parker's husband, Matthew Broderick, the star of the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, is also currently performing on Broadway in the Gershwin musical Nice Work if You Can Get It.
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