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Lady Gaga Wants to Play Maureen in Rent on Broadway

Lady Gaga Wants to Play Maureen in Rent on Broadway

Lady Gaga Wants to Play Maureen in ‘Rent’ on Broadway

“Over the Moon” is pretty far from the shallow.

Anyone with even a glancing impression of Lady Gaga can tell she's a former theater kid, but the "former" part may not always be true. Not satisfied with dominating movie musicals, it seems Gaga may be heading for Broadway one day -- how else is she going to get the "T" in her EGOT, after all?

Mother Monster, or more recently Ally in A Star is Born, sat down with Mary Poppins star Lin-Manuel Miranda to talk about their buzzy awards season films for Variety and the conversation inevitably steered towards the Great White Way.

Miranda: OK. Music, check. Big movie, you're incredible in it, check. Do you ever want to do eight shows a week on Broadway?

Gaga: Check. I'd love that. That was my dream. I think I've seen Rent probably 30 times.

Miranda: Rent's the one that got me writing. I saw it for my 17th birthday. I always loved musicals, but they never took place in the present.

Gaga: I lost my mind when I saw Rent. I used to go -- you stand in line and put your name in, and they call a raffle.

Miranda: They invented the lottery system.

Gaga: I'm like staring at Maureen as she's belting. I'm just like, I just want to be Maureen. For many years, record executives told me I was too theater.

Miranda: Any record executive using "theater" as pejorative, you know you're dead to me.

As a confirmed Little Monster -- although not a Little Auntie, sorry Joanne -- I've been holding out hope Gaga would write and star in her own Broadway musical. But if she has to star in a revival to get her Tony, Rent isn't the worst option. But girl, why not Evita? Gypsy? Cabaret? Rent is so tired...although I did just get a tingle thinking about Gaga singing "Over the Moon."

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