Broadway hit, How to Succeed in Business, has had its fair share of crush-worthy leading men, from Daniel Radcliffe to Darren Criss, and now Nick Jonas. While Darren and Nick seemed like a natural shoo-in for Broadway based on their musical roots, we’re still impressed with how Daniel took to the stage with little dance background (unless you want to count those slow dancing scenes in Harry Potter).
But what other celebs are we dying to see on stage? Peep our list and tell us if you agree…
Ashlee Simpson may have already starred as sweet but murderous Roxie Hart in Chicago, but we think Leighton could hold her own in the part. She’s Blair on Gossip Girl, after all, so she knows a thing or two about playing characters who aren’t as innocent as they seem. We know she can sing, but here’s the real question — can she dance, too?
Although it’s usually Lea Michele who sings all the show tunes on Glee, we think Kevin (AKA Artie) would wow the crowds on stage. In his role as wheelchair-bound Artie, Kevin rarely gets to show off his dance moves. But Gleeks know that he can move—before Glee Kevin perfected his dancing as a member of the boy group NLT. And if his performance of “Safety Dance” (the song where Artie imagines he can dance at the mall) is any indicator, the star could easily be one of the boys in the Newsies cast.
Lucy (Pretty Little Liars) loves to sing (she won reality talent show American Juniors at age 13), and nailed the neglected princess role in the movie A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song. Who better to play Belle in Beauty & the Beast?
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber
Young and madly in love despite some people’s disapproval, we think Selena and Justin would be perfect for the leading parts in West Side Story. They may not come from warring families like Tony and Maria, but Selena has certainly faced her share of attacks from obsessed Beliebers. And like Tony and Maria, we can’t imagine anything getting in between these two!
Demi’s faced her share of hardships over the last few years, but her hit “Skyscraper” proved the singer was a fighter. Her strength would serve her well as Elpheba in Wicked, who continues to fight for good despite facing obstacles (like, ya know, having green skin). The Camp Rock actress has already mastered singing and acting on-screen, so we know it wouldn’t be too hard for her to make the leap to Broadway.
Channing may not strike you at first as a natural for Broadway, but The Vow star recently confessed he’d be willing to try theater after getting a taste of performing live on SNL. Based on his rebellious character in Step Up (and his past as a, um, stripper), the dancer would probably feel at home in a “bad boy” part like Danny from Grease. We just hope he takes his shirt off!
Who else do you think has the potential to make it big on stage? Do you agree with anyone we chose? Let us know in the comments!
— Kayda Norman