Earlier this week The New York Times ran a story about how the lack of a major star often kills a Broadway show. Referencing the imminent death of Promises, Promises in January (after the exits of Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth), and the departure of Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (did you remember she won an Academy Award?) from A Little Night Music, the article brings to the forefront some sad truths about the current state of Broadway. Generally, a show loses millions of dollars when a big ol’ famous person isn’t at the helm.
A lot of rumors get tossed around about replacement casts and stunt casting to lift sagging shows’ box office receipts, so we thought we’d throw in our two cents and bring you five moves we DARE Broadway to try. Because they’d be so damn sweet…
The Addams Family – Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves
Apparently John Leguizamo and Minnie Driver just turned down the soon-to-be-departing Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth’s roles in The Addams Family. It’s possible that they simply looked at the offer and told their respective agents, “I’m sorry, why did anyone think we worked for these parts?” But no worries — why not just cast one of America’s favorite rom-com/action/supernatural thriller pairs? Sandra Bullock’s been talking about wanting to do a stage show, and Sad Keanu has probably been subconsciously wishing to don a thin mustache and do some real physical comedy. They could even make some coy references to Speed. We LOVE coy references to Speed.