Adele, Rufus Wainwright and Lady Gaga: Wanted on Broadway

Adele Rufus GagaAdele, Rufus Wainwright and Lady Gaga were the singer/songwriters picked most often in answer to the questions:  What singer/songwriter would you like to see writing a show for Broadway, and/or performing in one? What would the show be about?  Bruce Springsteen and Madonna were close behind.

KinkyBootsposterThe questions were asked in a contest to win tickets to Kinky Boots, a musical opening in April on Broadway with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, making her Broadway songwriting debut.  More than 100 people responded, and their answers were greatly varied, from Jay Z to Norah Jones to Johnny Rotten to Scissor Sisters to Weird Al Yankovic.

The winner of the tickets, Rachel Hadley, picked Carrie Underwood. (Rachel won not because of her choice, but because her order in answering was selected at a drawing on Now Rachel adds: “I want her as the writer with Megan Hilty as the star. She’s already written songs for Hilty, and I think anything those two do together would be amazing.” (Why didn’t she say this for the contest?  “I ended up getting distracted (stupid work) and didn’t have enough time to elaborate.”)

The varied answers were instructive — surely proof that “Broadway” doesn’t have to be one musical genre, despite what Randy Jackson on American Idol might think.

But there were some favorites. Of the 112 responses, five each went for Adele, Rufus Wainwright and Lady Gaga; 4 each went to Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. Others selected multiple times included David Bowie and Prince.

Some of the entries:

ADELE2Jacob (@ohjustjake) wrote:
“I would love Adele to write a musical. Obviously it would be about a break up, but I feel it would be about a woman’s journey from that break up to being an even stronger woman. Adele is such a powerful songwriter that I feel she would write songs that everyone would be able to relate to.”
Ted Thompson:
I would love to see Rufus Wainwright write a show. It would be about a pouty self centered though sensitive boy in the process of trying to straighten out his life meets boy and his world opens up and he changes. He could star or Jonathan Groff could star in it.
Brad Widener:
I would love to see Lady Gaga write music for a musical. It would be about a gay guy struggling to overcome his drug addiction while fighting his way to fame.

bruce springsteenKristen Pilecki:
It would absolutely be a Bruce Springsteen musical – not jukebox, but at least written by him. Subject matter? Angsty.

Andy Scott:
Bruce Springsteen [writing a musical] about a family affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Brad Buchholtz


Metallica could create an outstanding show using their hits as well as new songs. With many of their songs based around fighting and battles, this show could be focused around war. It could be focused on soldiers going out to battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, their trials and tribulations, and about survival. I’d be the first in line
Shane Wright:
I think Fun. would write a great musical. Their music is so theatrical already!

Cougar Perry:
I would love to see Grace Jones write and perform in a show on Broadway. It could be called Nightclubbing and all about her club days in NYC. Recreate moments like when Keith Haring painted her body in white tribal body paint for her performance at Paradise Garage in 1985!

Jill Scott

Cynthia Jimenez:
I would say Jill Scott. She’s beautiful, earthly, poetic, artsy, I would say maybe a show with a combination of dance and poetry, kids coming out of poor homes, homes with both parents, being in gangs when their only freedom is poetry and dance and Jill Scott leads them the way .I would love to see performances from different ethnicity
Regina Zanghi:
I would love to see Carly Simon write a play and maybe even star in it on Broadway about her life, music and loves. With the big finale being the reveal of who “You’re So Vain,” was really written about! ;)

For the complete list, scroll down to Comments section of Kinky Boots ticket giveaway contest

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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