Anyway, since I am Zachary Levi’s self-proclaimed biggest fan — I loved him before all you theater fools got on the bandwagon — I’ve come up with some roles he can play on Broadway in the future. Because as I said, we’re never letting him leave. Ever.
I will fully admit that I am more of a Zachary Levi expert than a dreamcasting expert, so hit me with your other ideas in the comments, team. Oh, and these are in no particular order, by the way.
Prince Topher in Rodger’s + Hammerstein’s Cinderella:
Not that I ever want Santino Fontana to leave that show, but Levi has the goofy charm thing down and I think he would be a fitting replacement should Santino Fontana ever choose to leave (hopefully for another New York run of Sons of the Prophet).
Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods:
Look, it’s not that I only see him as a prince, but how funny would he be as one of the princes in Into The Woods? And I only picked him as Rapunzel’s even though Cinderella’s had more to do because he was in Tangled, which leads me to…
Flynn Rider in Tangled:
It’s not a Broadway musical yet, but eventually, Disney will get to that point on the list and there is only one person who can play Flynn Ryder. And how great would it be if Donna Murphy reprised her role as Mother Gothel?
The Emcee in Cabaret:
I know this is the weirdest casting ever, but I’d like to see Zachary Levi stretch himself.
Fiyero in Wicked:
You know you want to see him in those tight pants. You know you do.
Princeton in Avenue Q:
I’m not sure how his puppeteer skills are, but we know he can do comedy and play the nice-guy-trying-to-figure-out-his-life.
Bobby Strong in Urinetown:
Are you noticing a trend here? Basically any goofy leading man role, cast Zachary Levi.
Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty:
Honestly, I’m not sure whether he would be convincing as a blue-collar man’s man, but he might surprise us. But I just really want a revival of this. And I want to hear him sing “Breeze Off The River.”
Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying:
It would be nice to see him play the bad guy for once. And he has the comic chops for this role.
And last but not least…
Chuck in Chuck The Musical:
I know it doesn’t exist and his character Aaron in First Date is basically Chuck, but Chuck The Musical would have Jeffster and I think we can all agree that that’s clearly something Broadway has really been missing.