Feb 24

Broadway Winter Olympics – Who Would take the Gold?

It’s Olympics time around the world, which has all of us, in different countries and time zones tuned into to watch the events that unfold at Sochi. From the graceful figure skating to the intense hockey, we all have a favorite sport to watch during these few weeks where the world comes together. With so much talk about so many different sports, and of course who is taking Gold, why not make a Broadway Olympics? A few weeks where Broadway talent could come out and rival each other, all in good fun of course! Here are a few of the categories that Broadway Olympics would entail.

1. Dancing – Singles

From Newsies to Book of Mormon to almost all of Broadway, we’re completely overrun with incredible dancing talent. Let’s put those dancing feet to the test and see who would win. Would the crowd favorite, Ryan Steele, take the Gold? Or would it be the underdog swing Chris Rice who nabs the top of the podium? Or would have a dark horse and have Phillip Spaeth of the Matildas take it all? Or what about Kyle Dean Massey, who dances through life eight shows a week? As for girls, my money would be on Lesli Margherita. She could definitely dance a 4 minute routine without breaking a sweat.

2. Dancing – Pairs

Pairs dancing, where we get to see the incredible talent of two people dancing in sync with one another. A top contender for this would of course be Cinderella’s recently departed Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, or the newcomers Carly Rae Jepsen and Joe Carroll, as well as Ricky Martin and Elena Rogers, who would return from their hiatus after Evita, and again, Lesli Margherita and Phillip Spaeth would be a strong contender for this.

3. Wrestling

Even though with the many winter storms New York has experienced, we don’t, unfortunately, have our actors ready for hockey. So instead, we’ll have wrestling. Obviously the favorite to win would be Rocky himself, Andy Karl. The eyes for second and third? Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson, as it was just announced that The Confrontation scene in Les Miserables would have a physical component.

4. Sing-Off

It wouldn’t be Broadway without a Sing off. This competition would have to be divided into four categories: Kids, Girls, Boys, and Legends. This would be a crowd favorite (as it should be) and allow for some of that Broadway magic!

Top Contenders for Kids: The Matilda Cast, The Annie Cast

Top Contenders for Girls: Sierra Boggess, Laura Osnes, Jessie Mueller, Caissie Levy, Samantha Hill, Nikki M. James, Carly Rae Jepsen, Laura Benanti, Stephanie J. Block, Sutton Foster,

Top Contenders for Boys: Jake Epstein, Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Andy Mientus, Matt Doyle, Gabriel Ebert, Hugh Panaro, James Snyder, Aaron Tveit, Jeremy Jordan

Top Contenders for Legends: Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Norm Lewis, Harriet Harris, Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, Audra McDonald

5. Sibling Sing-Off

This is a prestigious event that only siblings get invited to. It’s where the best siblings on Broadway come together and sing against each other, putting their angst as siblings against other sets of siblings on Broadway as well.

Siblings Eligible:
Celia (The Glass Menagerie), and Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies),
Sutton (Violet) and Hunter Foster (Bridges of Madison County),
Jessie Mueller (Carole King Musical), Abby Mueller (Kinky Boots), Andrew Mueller (Peter and the Starcatcher), Matt Mueller.

I could go on and on in a Broadway Olympics, and maybe in two years when the summer Olympics come around, we’ll have a different set. But for the winter Olympics, we have events to be held inside with hot beverages and events to get our blood pumping!

Photo via Sports Illustrated

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