Which Cast of Characters Deserves a Sequel? | Playbill

Polls Which Cast of Characters Deserves a Sequel? Sequels. The Phantom of the Opera has one, so does Annie and Bye Bye Birdie... It seems that audiences just can't get enough of certain stories. Playbill.com took to Facebook and Twitter to ask its readers which show most deserved a sequel.


Les Misérables:

The international hit musical Les Misérables, currently back on Broadway, tells the story of relentless policeman Javert's decades-long pursuit of the escaped convict Jean Valjean. Valjean becomes a mayor, agrees to raise the daughter of the dying Fantine and joins the fight for freedom. Les Miz is based on Victor Hugo's epic novel. Perhaps a Les Miz sequel would include an afterlife love story for Éponine or an earthbound one for Marius and Cosette.

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Spring Awakening:

Based on Frank Wedekind's play of the same name, Spring Awakening depicts a dozen young people making their way through the thrilling, complicated and mysterious time of sexual awakening. Maybe a sequel would show what happened to the teenagers once they had children of their own.

Photo by Joan Marcus

The Last Five Years:

The Last Five Years tells the story of the tumultuous five-year relationship between Jamie, a rising novelist, and Cathy, a struggling actress. Perhaps a sequel — in chronological order  — would show Jamie and Cathy finally finding their true soulmates.


Something Rotten!:

Something Rotten! tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play, but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! Maybe a sequel would show how the Bottom Brothers became the creative minds behind the first jukebox musical.

Photo by Joan Marcus

Sweeney Todd:
Alex Bird: Sweeney Todd -- everybody is just lying dead on the ground for three hours as the overture plays over and over.

Sweeney Todd tells the story of a barber who was unjustly imprisoned for years by a corrupt judge. He returns to England bent on revenge – a revenge that turns indiscriminately murderous, leading his resourceful accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, to bake the victims into meat pies. Perhaps a sequel would show what happened to poor Tobias.

Photo by Paul Kolnik

The Book of Mormon:
‪Jared Johnson: I essentially want to see a sequel to The Book of Mormon -- but instead…Scientology.

The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormons who embark on a mission to spread the gospel in Uganda. Maybe a sequel would show us what became of Elder Cunningham and Nabalungi…or focus on a different religion entirely.

Photo by Joan Marcus
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