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The West Wing . . . The Musical, Part Two!

2011 April 26
by Lin

What’s Next?

Just like The Secret and The Field of Dreams, @AndrewKober suggested it, we built it, and you delivered! Here’s some more dream casting for the nearing-Wagnerian-length West Wing: The Musical. Some of these are my suggestions, and some of them are yours!

Cliff Calley: Matt Morrison (since he couldn’t play Piragua Guy. I just want to help his struggling career, he’s so talented!)

Ainsley Hayes: Laura Bell Bundy

Arnold Vinick: George Hearn

Anna Schott: Megan Hilty

Justice Mendoza: Ruben Blades!

Lord John Marbury: Michael Sheen

Ed & Larry: Telly Leung and Adam Chandler-Berat

Amy Gardner: Sutton Foster (her tap-dancing in “The Women Of Qumar” is heartbreaking)

Oliver Babish: Mark Rylance. And Trippi too! He plays all the Attorney Generals!

Debbie Fiderer: Jackie Hoffman

Gov. Ritchie: Victor Garber (“Crime, boy I dunnoooooo . . . “)

Agent Butterfield: Boyd Gaines

Nancy McNally: Audra McDonald

CJ’s Father: Mandy Patinkin (just to get Mandy in there, I guess)

We’ve recast CJ as Susan Blackwell and cast Danny Concannon as Hunter Bell, as a TOS reunion, and to see them make out.

Congresswoman Wyatt: Joanna Gleason. (I know she played Leo’s Lawyer. It’s not cheating if I cast her as someone else! Also, Into The Woods Reunion!)

Kate Harper: Elizabeth Stanley

Mallory Mcgarry: Christina Hendricks

Sheila Brooks: Stephanie J. Block

Zoey’s French Boyfiend: Reeve Carney

Joey Lucas: Laura Benanti. Wesley Taylor is her interpreter! They sing Lyman a heartbreaking love song! (I haven’t figured it out yet.)

Prez Walken: Schuler Hensley!


Bruno Gianelli: Nathan Lane


Mrs. Santos: Kelli O’Hara

YOUNG Mrs. Landingham: Sherie Rene Scott. (Stritch and Scott sharing Mrs. Landingham? That’s on some DeNiro/Brando Corleone Godfather sh*t!)

And Veanne Cox is RECAST as Jordan Kendall!

Also, at some point Patti Lupone enters, sings, “I’M MARION COATSWORTH-HAYES!” and exits to thunderous applause.

I cast Rico and Rainey Rodriguez as my kids. We still haven’t cast Bruno Gianelli or my wife. I’m Santos, remember? I’ve learned from Usnavi, y’all. I come in late in the show, sing a KILLER DNC Aria, and I’m out!







9 Responses leave one →
  1. carlient permalink
    April 26, 2011

    Excellent picks. . . I still say Michelle Federer for Mrs. Santos. And where’s Will Bailey?

  2. Craig Brockman permalink
    April 26, 2011

    I thought we established Gianelli was Nathan Lane?
    And Kristin Wiig as Louise Thornton…

  3. WendyPep permalink
    April 27, 2011

    I just have to say, as an equally fierce lover of all things Broadway and West Wing, I am extremely into this game. I guffawed at the LuPone-Marion Coatsworth-Hayes idea…truly amazing.

    Also, has Hunter Foster been cast yet? Will Bailey, anyone?

  4. Dee permalink
    April 27, 2011

    So now that it is cast will you and @andrewkober begin writing the songs? Any talks to have Sorkin write the book? This could become the first Twitter-written Broadway hit!!

  5. Andrea permalink
    April 27, 2011

    Yay, my Republican hotties made the cut! Even though I’m a Dem, I like [really attractive] people with ideas that challenge my own.


  6. Elena permalink
    April 28, 2011

    Kellie O’Hara! She’s amazing! Mrs. Santos? Hmmm. And yes, Andrea as Marion Coatesworth-Hayes!

    • Lin permalink*
      April 28, 2011

      I forgot one of our most important casting decisions: Terrence Mann as John Hoynes. WILKINSON-MANN FACE-OFF’S Y’ALL. Magic everywhere up in this b*tch. Thanks for all your amazing suggestions!

  7. kishawn permalink
    April 29, 2011

    Susan and Hunter as CJ and Danny might JUST be the best idea ever. In fact this whole thing might be the best thing to ever enter my life.

  8. Rosie permalink
    May 2, 2011

    I have to say I love all the picks, from Patti to Alice (talk about across generations!!) Can’t wait to hear more so I can see it in my head (it pays to have an imagination)-

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