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