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Poll: Which Boyband-Type Person Should Do a Musical?

Just when you thought we’d run out of teen idols and ex-boybanders to be in musicals, Aaron Carter gets himself cast in a musical in New York. Again. Slated to star in The Fantasticks off-Broadway beginning November 7, Carter has already done the musical theater thang. As a casting stunt for the ages, he joined Seussical in 2001 when he was just 13 years old.

It’s not like casting teen idols in musicals is a new idea:

  • Donny Osmond starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
  • David and Shaun Cassidy were in Blood Brothers.
  • Joey McIntyre played Fiyero in Wicked.
  • Debbie Gibson has played everyone from Sandy to Eponine to Velma Kelly.
  • The Jonas Brothers have real Broadway cred, and refuse to let you forget it.
  • Joey Fatone was Mark in Rent, which still kind of makes no sense, and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.
  • Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson spun through the revolving casting door at Chicago.
  • We live in perpetual fear that Sebastian Bach will try to get himself cast in something new.

So now we’re digging through the box of stored pinups and band t-shirts under our beds and wondering… who’s next?

Which of the following semi-underqualified teen idol-types would you love (or at least be mildly curious) to see on stage in a musical? Write-ins are welcome in the comments, below.


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  • Mark Panzarino October 25, 2011, 3:31 pm

    If Britney Spears does Carrie, I’ll pay extra to hold the bucket.

  • JimmyD October 25, 2011, 3:49 pm

    I think I recently read that Drake Bell was involved with some John Denver musical project thing. So… he may be on his Great White Way.

    • the mick October 25, 2011, 3:52 pm

      Yup! He participated in a reading of A Moment in Time, a new musical using John Denver’s songs, back on October 20th & 21st!


  • Sarah October 25, 2011, 9:00 pm


  • kim October 26, 2011, 9:24 pm

    that picture of joey fatone will haunt my dreams….

  • dlevy November 5, 2011, 11:49 am

    I missed Joey-Joe in Wicked, but saw him twice (yes, you read that right) in tick…tick…BOOM! He’s got real chops.

    I also saw Aaron Carter in Seussical, and while I can say he wasn’t the worst thing about the production — that was the pall of desperation hanging over the entire proceeding — I won’t be rushing out to see him in The Fantasticks.

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