What Role Should Anna Kendrick Play on Broadway? | Playbill

Polls What Role Should Anna Kendrick Play on Broadway? Anna Kendrick, who made her Broadway debut in High Society, proved her vocal dexterity in "Pitch Perfect" and will soon be seen in the anticipated films "Into the Woods," "The Last Five Years" and "Pitch Perfect 2." Playbill.com took to social media to see which role our readers would like to see the versatile singing actress play on Broadway.
Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN


Éponine Thénardier – Les Miserables

Michael Ball and Frances Ruffelle in <i>Les Misérables</i>
Michael Ball and Frances Ruffelle in Les Misérables Photo by Michael Le Poer Trench

Also referred to as the "Jondrette Girl," Éponine is a character from the musical Les Miserables, based on the Victor Hugo novel. Presented as a ragged, independent, tragic young woman, her great solo musical number is “On My Own,” a heartbreaking song of unrequited love. The role of Éponine was originated in London and on Broadway by Tony winner Frances Ruffelle and played by Samantha Barks in the 2012 film version.



Ella - Cinderella

Laura Osnes in <i>Cinderella</i>
Laura Osnes in Cinderella Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Anna Kendrick will be seen as Cinderella in the upcoming and highly anticipated film version of Into the Woods. In what is a different take on a similar role, Ella is the star of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, a Tony Award-winning Broadway family musical. Currently playing the Broadway Theatre, the show features some of the writers’ most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”




Eliyahu Kheel: Elphaba. Just Elphaba. She would be great for the role and she would be great for the movie.


Elphaba – Wicked

Idina Menzel in <i>Wicked</i>
Idina Menzel in Wicked

The vocally demanding role of Elphaba in Wicked is often considered one of the most sought-after lead female roles on Broadway. The hugely popular musical has been running on Broadway since 2003 and has broken box-office records all over the world. The original cast included Idina Menzel in the role of Elphaba, for which she won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.


Jessica Burdumy: Yes. She should be in “The Last Five Years” with Jeremy Jordan after the movie comes out. Perfect timing.


Cathy Hiatt – The Last Five Years

Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in the film <i>The Last Five Years</i>
Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in the film The Last Five Years Photo by Jose Perez

From the newly released movie trailer, Anna Kendrick promises to shine as Cathy Hiatt in the upcoming film version of the musical The Last Five Years, which co-stars Jeremy Jordan.The story explores the relationship between Jamie, a rising novelist, and Cathy, a struggling actress. The musical premiered at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2001 and was produced Off-Broadway the following year.



Sally Bowles – Cabaret

Emma Stone in <i>Cabaret</i>
Emma Stone in Cabaret Photo by Monica Simoes

Based on the book by Christopher Isherwood, the classic musical Cabaret is set in 1931 Berlin and tells the story of a seedy nightclub where a young English performer, Sally Bowles, strikes up a relationship with an American writer. Currently playing Studio 54, the character of Sally Bowles is now being played by movie star Emma Stone, alongside Alan Cumming, a role which won him a Tony Award.  



Nikki Sinclair: I’d love to see her as Natalie in a Next to Normal revival. I think she would bring so much depth into the role!

Natalie – Next to Normal

Jennifer Damiano, Aaron Tveit and Adam Chanler-Berat in <i>Next To Normal</i>
Jennifer Damiano, Aaron Tveit and Adam Chanler-Berat in Next To Normal Photo by Joan Marcus

This 2009 Broadway musical was the winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, and also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A modern-day rock musical, the story looks at a mother’s struggle with a worsening bipolar disorder and the effects of the illness on her family. Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano created the role of Natalie, the overachieving daughter who has her own struggles. 



Eliza Doolittle – My Fair Lady

Julie Andrews in <i>My Fair Lady</i>
Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, is centered on the character of Eliza, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons so that she may pass as a lady. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1956 starring Julie Andrews and was revived in 1981 and 1993. An Oscar-winning film version was made in 1964 starring Audrey Hepburn in the role of Eliza.


Matt Ian: Sandra Bloom in a BIG FISH revival! : )


Sandra Bloom – Big Fish

Norbert Leo Butz and Kate Baldwin in <i>The Big Fish</i>
Norbert Leo Butz and Kate Baldwin in The Big Fish Photo by Paul Kolnik

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the popular film of the same name, Big Fish was a musical that played a brief Broadway run in 2013. The production featured direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, and the central character of Sandra Bloom was played by Tony nominee Kate Baldwin

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