7 Roles Lady Gaga Should Play on Broadway to Get Her the Tony
Lady Gaga's first major motion picture, A Star Is Born, delivers a performance from Mother Monster that proves she is a true triple-threat. Fans are campaigning for her to snatch the Best Actress trophy at the Academy Awards, making her one step closer to becoming an EGOT, the term associated with people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT) Award.
Which makes us wonder: what role could Gaga play on stage to have her snatch the Tony, probably the hardest of the batch to win? We list seven musical roles on Broadway perfect for the diva to play. From a funny girl to a devil's side kick to a cabaret singer, our round-up imagines the name Gaga in bright lights in the Big Apple.
1. Fanny Brice in Funny Girl
This one is obvious. Lady Gaga as Fanny Brice would be the blockbuster of any Broadway season. And since she already stepped into the shoes of Barbra Streisand once (and did a better job than her), why not do it again? With her unconventional look and sound paired with her passion and sense of humor, she has all the makings of a first rate funny girl. And it turns out, we may not be that far off. Over the weekend, Rosie O'Donnell told the audience at New York's Paramount Theater that Gaga would take on the role of Brice in an upcoming revival, with O'Donnell playing her mother. Please don't rain on our parade and tell us it's not true!
2. Louise in Gypsy
While she wouldn't be winning best actress here, this role would be a perfect opportunity for Gaga to show off some range as the tomboy turned striping sensation. The role lives in the shadow of the indominable Mamma Rose, but still has ample opportunity to shine. leaving us with one question that could sink the whole dream: who would be her Mamma Rose?
3. The Witch in Into the Woods
There are a few roles Gaga could potentially play in the ensemble cast of Stephan Sondheim's fairy tale musical Into the Woods, but none are more meaty than The Witch. Originated by Bernadette Peters in the 1987 stage version and played by Meryl Streep in the 2014 film, the complicated character isn't truly evil, but simply distrusts people and the world in general. Children will listen, especially if Gaga is the one doing the singing.
4. Lola in Damn Yankees
The role of Lola in the 1955 musical has just enough spunk and pizazz for Gaga. Originated by the 5'4'' muse of Bob Fosse Gwen Verdon, at 5'2'' herself, Gaga would be the perfect pint-sized prima donna to take on the role of the Devil's sexiest minion, sent to win the soul of a baseball player. She would have lots opportunity to showcase her dancing skills and vocal prowess, especially during the signature song "Whatever Lola Wants" that was made popular by Ella Fitzgerald in 1963. We've seen her vamping at a Mets game -- why not on Broadway?
5. Eva Peron in Evita
When Madonna took on the blond bombshell in the 1996 film, she underwhelmed many, including the original Broadway star Patti LuPone. So Gaga would likely reign supreme when critics and fans compare the two performances to one another. With already the perfect resemblance to the Argentine politica, we can practically see the Times Square poster of Gaga peering at tourists from the balcony of the Casa Rosada, and for that image alone, this revival needs to happen.
6. Sally Bowles in Cabaret
Gaga just remade a role made famous by Judy Garland in A Star Is Born, so why not do the same to a role made famous by Garland's daughter Liza Minelli? We'd die to hear her belt the cabaret singer's powerhouse ballad "Maybe This Time," and with Gaga's name on the marquee, a revival would definitely welcome lots of audience members new and old to this Great White Way mainstay.
7. Ally in A Star Is Born
From Shrek to Pretty Woman, every blockbuster from the screen is being made into a musical these days, and with A Star Is Born, there wouldn't be much that needed to be changed. A few numbers from the soundtrack would have to be thrown in to beef up the music in the stage version of the film. But since she already wowed audiences with her performance on screen as Ally, why not wow them in real life as well. It may be an emotionally daunting task, but we'd watch her dive into the shallow eight shows a week. Only one question remains: who would be her Jackson Maine on stage?