Sunday’s Tony Awards featured such big winners as “Once” and “Death of a Salesman.” Now, Deadline’s Mike Fleming reports, comes the next potential Broadway hit: “Gilligan’s Island: The Musical,” based on the 1960s television show. Really.
Perhaps it’s not so far-fetched, though.
“Once,” after all, is based on a lovely Irish indie film that became an unlikely hit both on the screen and on music charts.
The massively successful “Spamalot” is, of course, based on a lunatic (and still loved if long-departed) British sketch comedy troupe, one Monty Python. We won’t even delve into some of the other unlikely inspirations for hit Broadway shows, especially in the musical/comedy realm.
So, why not Gilligan? But who should play the principals? I vote Kevin Kline for the Professor, and Brian Dennehy for the Captain. As Deadline Mike points out, the potential for stunt casting with prominent movie/TV stars is ripe for the show, which includes all seven original show characters “plus an alien.” And the casting for Ginger and Mary Ann could be a LOT of fun. Who would you put in these roles?