There is nothing we love more than talking about the incomparable Chris Colfer. Apart from his adorable charm and loveable personality, Chris is one of the most talented young stars of our time. Kurt Hummel would never have existed had Chris not been so good that Ryan Murphy created that part for him; and imagine all those Glee seasons without him!
Not only has he written a bestselling book (and has another one coming out that hits bookstores August 6), but he has written and starred in his own movie, has been nominated for an Emmy, and has won a Golden Globe for his work. There’s just one thing on his list of accolades that’s missing; a Tony Award. We have decided to put together a ”road-trip to the Tony’s” with roles that Chris was born to play. Check it out and see if you agree!
5. Emcee - Cabaret
“ Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome /I’m Cabaret, au Cabaret, to Cabaret”
Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome /I’m Cabaret, au Cabaret, to Cabaret”
Chris Colfer could most definitely channel the Emcee’s balance between creepy and seductive. Colfer would kill playing a role that’s campy but complex at the same time. Also, who doesn’t want to see Colfer putting on a German accent? This role has been played by the greats; Joel Grey, Adam Pascal, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alan Cumming. Who’s to say Colfer can’t be next in line? The character’s facial expressions, mannerisms and way of speaking, makes it an intricate, difficult, and unique role. Does that not scream Chris Colfer to you?
4. Billy – Billy Elliot
“I don’t want a childhood. I want to be a ballet dancer.”
So, you might be thinking this part is just a tad out of reach for Chris, considering he’s a bit older than the traditional Billy. Imagine this part as a look into a different time of Billy’s story, with 10 year old Billy only a preface to him in his older years at the dance academy. Chris has proved his singing and acting abilities time and time again, and we know he can dance as well, so to see him take on a new interpretation of this iconic role would be unbelievable.
3. Gabe – Next to Normal
"But I’m alive, I’m alive / I am so alive /And I feed on the fear / That’s behind your eyes."
Gabe might be one of the most emotionally demanding roles in theatre. Spoiler alert, Gabe doesn’t exist. He is the supernatural presence in the show and is the catalyst in some sort of way. He is symbolic of so many things, and to top it all off, gets the best numbers of the show. If Chris Colfer took on the role of Gabe in Next to Normal, not only would he get to belt out “I’m Alive,” but he would also get to do it while swinging around a pole shirtless. Next To Normal: Magic Mike edition…featuring Chris Colfer. Hallelujah, amen.
2. Guylinda - Wicked
"You’re gonna be popular!
/ I’ll teach you the proper poise / When you talk to boys”
Okay, this is kind of cheating because Colfer himself has said on numerous occasions playing Guylinda would be his dream, especially playing opposite Lea Michele as Elphaba. Still, this doesn’t change the fact that the role is perfect
perfectfor him. Wicked has been around for a long time, but never has there been a gender-bending adaptation like we’re suggesting. Whoever said Fiyero only likes females? There might need to be some serious talks with Stephen Shwartz about making a few minor changes. Imagine hearing Colfer hit Glinda’s signature high note in the finale, or even his interpretation of “Popular.” Don’t even get me started on the notion of him singing “I’m Not That (Guy) Reprise.” Maybe Fiyero ends up with Guylinda in the gender bent adaptation. Never say never!
1. Time will tell…
So, what would be better than seeing Chris star in a Broadway production that he wrote? If you said “pretty much nothing,” than we are all on the same page. We would love to see Chris take his writing abilities to the Great White Way and dazzle us with an original Colfer production. The singing/acting/dancing/writing superstar could do no wrong if he was given free-reign to bring an original Broadway production to life on stage. I’m thinking something like SMASH 2.0; but more along the lines of Hit List rather than Bombshell.
Well, this is the end of our journey to the Tony’s. Thank you for reading! We are as passionate about these productions as we are about the ever-endearing Chris Colfer. To see him take on these roles (any or all of them!) would be an incredible experience and would require a couple (thousand) reserved seats at each show for members of Team Colfer all the way.