Playbill Poll: What Should "X Factor" Contestant Rachel Potter's Next Broadway Project Be? Readers Respond
By Playbill Staff
Broadway actress Rachel Potter, who has been seen in the revival of Evita and The Addams Family, currently finds herself amongst the Top 12 in the reality singing competition "The X Factor." We wondered: What should be Potter's next musical on Broadway?
Here are some of our reader responses followed by our own commentary.
Andrea Chilkiewicz: I adore Rachel's voice. I thought she'd be a nice Eponine for the Les Miserables revival.
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical Les Misérables will return to Broadway in 2014 with Tony Award winner Nikki M. James as street urchin Eponine. West End actress Samantha Barks belted "On My Own" in her turn as Eponine in the star-studded film adaptation, and we'd love to hear Potter's take on the classic.
Jennifer Damiano received a 2009 Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Natalie in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. With Potter's limitless vocal range, she'd be a great choice to sing the Tony Award-winning score if the musical were to come back to Broadway.
The long-running musical Chicago has welcomed a slew of famous leading ladies to its cast, including Christie Brinkley, Kara DioGuardi, Melanie Griffith, Brooke Shields and Michelle Williams, among others. Potter would be a great future replacement for either merry murderess, Roxie Hart or Velma Kelly, in the Tony Award-winning revival.
Roundabout Theatre Company will present the Broadway revival of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's Tony-winning production of Cabaret in 2014. In the production Alan Cumming will reprise his Tony Award-winning performance opposite Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who will make her Broadway debut. In the 1998 production a handful of leading ladies were seen as Sally Bowles, such as Katie Finneran, Molly Ringwald, Brooke Shields, Gina Gerson and original star Natasha Richardson, among others. Potter could join the ranks following Williams' turn in the anticipated revival.
In the last Broadway revival of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II classic Oklahoma!, Josefina Gabrielle starred as Laurey, and Jussica Boevers played Ado Annie. Potter, who has both a strong belt and soprano, would be a good fit for either role if the musical were to be revived on Broadway.
Tony Award winner Patti LuPone received a 1976 Tony Award nomination for her performance as Rosamund in The Robber Bridegroom, featuring music by Robert Waldman and a book and lyrics by Alfred Uhry. We'd love to hear Potter's renditions of "Nothin' Up" and "Sleepy Man" if the musical makes a return.
Potter previously played Glinda in the national tour of Wicked, the hit musical that recently celebrated its tenth anniversary on Broadway. When she finishes her time on "The X Factor," it may be time for her to step into the Broadway production of Wicked and play Elphaba following current star Lindsay Mendez.
Margo Seibert will star as Adrian in the new Broadway musical Rocky, based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, which features a score by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The musical will begin previews Feb. 11, 2014, prior to an official opening March 13, 2014, at the Winter Garden Theatre.
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