We Hope They Get It! Our Dream Cast for Ryan Murphy’s ‘A Chorus Line’
Five, six, seven, eight! Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch….you know the routine. Ryan Murphy is bringing a 10-part miniseries of Michael Bennett and Marvin Hamlisch’s “A Chorus Line,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about a group of dancers, to Netflix. If he can get Meryl Streep for “The Prom,” the casting of “A Chorus Line” will know no bounds. (Maybe Lizzo?) So we’ve gone ahead and helped out, culling a list of some of Murphy’s favorites and other stars who we think will really make this adaptation sing, or, er, dance.
Sarah Paulson as Zach, the director
What’s a Ryan Murphy show without Paulson? Honestly, nothing. It’s 2019 and we need to see more female directors on Broadway, so we’d love to see some creative casting here with Paulson as the director Zach.
Julianne Hough as Larry, the director’s assistant
Who better to teach the iconic routine than two-time “Dancing With the Stars” winner and “Grease Live!” star Julianne Hough. After all, a dancer dances.
Finn Wittrock as Don Kerr, a former strip club dancer
Let’s be honest, Don Kerr doesn’t have much to do, but with Wittrock in the role, he’ll certainly spice things up. The “American Horror Story” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versaci” star is a Murphy vet, and we hope Don’s strip club backstory makes it into the mini-series.
Lea Michele as Maggie Winslow, a ballet-loving sweetheart with a troubled family life
Yet another Murphy darling, Michele melted hearts everywhere on “Glee” as Rachel Berry, and TBH, Maggie Winslow has some major Rachel vibes. The inevitable “At the Ballet” fantasy sequence will not be the same without her.
Ephraim Sykes as Mike Costa, a tap dancer with a big personality
Sykes is really the only person around who can capture Mike’s ebullient energy and tap skills in his signature number, “I Can Do That.” If he can do the splits mid-mic throw in “Ain’t Too Proud,” we’re pretty sure he can do anything.
Awkwafina as Connie Wong, a short Chinese-American actress whose height holds her back
Awkwafina’s impressive comedic timing “Crazy Rich Asians”) and drama chops (the heartbreaking “The Farewell”) will bring Connie to life onstage. And measuring in at 5’1’’, we’re sure she can relate to Connie’s height plight.
Ben Platt as Greg Gardner, a sassy Jewish gay man who shares his first experience with a woman
Platt just joined the Murphy and Netflix universes with the upcoming “The Politician,” and considering the Tony Award winner stole every heart in “Dear Evan Hansen,” we really can’t have a musical adaptation without him.
Sutton Foster as Cassie Ferguson, a down-on-her-luck solo dancer and a former love of Zach’s
Foster has proved that she can belt her face off while kicking her face in just about every Broadway show she’s done. Now she’s a mainstream star with “Younger” so it’s about time she brought those skills to the screen. Just imagine the “Music and the Mirror” epicness.
Michelle Williams as Sheila Bryant, a sassy, sexy, aging dancer who tells of her unhappy childhood
Williams proved she could execute Fosse’s highly specific choreography in “Fosse/Verdon” (and portray Verdon over several decades) so we know she will bring the sass and … experience that makes Sheila “A Chorus Line” fan fave.
Darren Criss as Bobby Mills, Sheila’s best friend from a conservative family
Bobby Mills is more Blane from “Glee” than Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” and we think Criss’s Murphy cred makes him a perfect addition to the cast. All Bobby wants is “to be a movie star,” so we know Criss’s charisma will really make that line sing.
Zendaya as Bebe Benzenheimer, an insecure dancer who only feels attractive when she dances
With the massive success of HBO’s “Euphoria” and the box office hit “Spider-Man,” there is not a hotter name in Hollywood at the moment than Zendaya. This fiercely talented triple threat has already showed her dancing skills in “The Greatest Showman” and “Dancing With the Stars” and we know she would melt our hearts as part of the “At the Ballet” trio.
Emma Stone as Judy Turner, an awkward and eccentric dancer
We promise we’re not typecasting here based on the red hair. Stone’s got some serious theater cred with the Broadway revival of “Cabaret” and her Oscar win for “La La Land,” and she also loves tackling a complicated character, as seen in “The Favorite.” We feel like Judy’s sexual experimentation, fascination with mortality, and head-shaving bent will give Stone a lot to chew on.
Jordan Fisher as Richie Walters, an energetic dancer who once planned to be a kindergarten teacher
The Rent Live and Grease Live Star proved he can move after winning Dancing With the Stars, so he would be a fantastic choice for the mini-series. Fisher’s high-octane energy levels would also make the “Gimme the Ball” montage a show-stopper.
Joe Jonas as Al DeLuca, an Italian dancer who adores his musically inept wife
Sophie Turner as Kristine Urich, Al’s tone-deaf wife
We’d love to see the “A Chorus Line” couple played by an actual couple, and we can’t think of a better duo than pop superstar Joe Jonas and “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner. We’re not sure if Sophie can sing, but luckily neither can the tragically tone-deaf Christine whose husband Al helps tell the story of her little musical problem.
Ariana Grande as Val, the crass, plastic surgery-loving dancer
“You like, my hair? Gee thanks, just bought it. I see it, I like it, I want it I got it.” Ariana has no issue spending money on self improvement, so we’d love to see her self-confidence and assets on display as the plastic-surgery boasting Val. Ariana obviously loves musical theater, and we’re hoping that her experience filming the Netflix musical of “The Prom” inspires her to add “A Chorus Line” to her resume as well.
Timothée Chalamet as Mark Anthony, the youngest dancer in the line who self-diagnoses his ailments
Honestly, after discovering this video of Chalamet dancing on YouTube, we just had to add him to this group. Chalamet has already joined the Netflix fam for “The King,” so we’re sure he’s looking for a little bit lighter fare. As the youngest member of the line, Mark Anthony is just the fit for Timothée Chalamet.
Anthony Ramos as Paul San Marco, a gay man who was not accepted by his family
Our hearts are legit still broken from seeing Ramos emotionally wreck us as John Laurens and Phillip Hamilton in “Hamilton,” so we are already bracing ourselves for him to crush us as Paul. Paul’s monologue is one of the most poignant and moving moments in the show, and a mini-series will give lots of space to his devastating back story. Also, we’re just hoping Murphy doesn’t go too realistic on the broken leg scene.
Selena Gomez as Diana Morales, Paul’s friend who struggled to find her passion in school
There’s “Nothing” that this Latina pop star can’t do, from TV to film to sold-out concert arenas around the globe, so we’d love to see her shine in this comedic yet heart-wrenching role. Can you imagine the fierceness of her belting out “What I Did for Love?” in the iconic burgundy leotard?