The Sunday Giveaway: 2 Tickets to The Mountaintop

If we were playing Will It Recoup this fall, here’s a show I would have put my money on.

Samuel Jackson, Angela Bassett . . . and the biggest star . . . Martin Luther King Jr!

The Mountaintop only has about 5 weeks left it in its high grossing limited run on Broadway . . . but one of you is going to see it for free!

I’ve got 2 tickets to this star-packed show to giveaway.  And here’s how we’re going to do it.

The Mountainop is a historical docudrama (one of my favorite types of theater) that takes place the night before MLK’s tragic assassination.

Tell me the name of a historical figure you would like to see ‘storied’ in a play.  Bonus points if you name the actor you’d like to see play him or her.

Ready, set, comment!


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  • ryan woody wood says:

    Id love to see a play about Amelia Earhart and played by Laura Benanti

  • JV says:

    Imelda Marcos , it’s really difficult to cast her.

  • Brian Sheola says:

    I think about the life of Harriet Tubman would be amazing. Even better if Terri White starred!

  • Justine Hall says:

    I would like to see an all star cast of the women in the Black Panther Party. So many historical figures at one time. However, most of the attention went to the men. A story of the womens struggle inside and outside the party would be great.
    Assata Shakur- Sanaa Lathen/Regina King
    Angela Davis- ME
    Kathleen Cleaver- Thandie Newton
    Elaine Brown- ?? Open

  • Melba LaRose says:

    Thomas Jefferson played by John Malkovich. I love his work; he’s incredibly versatile. Just saw him at BAM, playing a serial killer — terrifying and totally captivating.

  • Reg says:

    Audra McDonald as Coretta Scott-King. Preferably with Music!

  • Rafi Levavy says:

    So this isn’t exactly ancient history, but I think that Barak Obama would be a good subject for a historical docudrama. Or, to go older, Thurgood Marshall. (Yes, I know that one was done, but it still would make a good show.)

  • RichDenney3 says:

    Princess Diana played by Kello O’Hara.

  • Sean M. says:

    Robespierre, with Daniel Day-Lewis

  • Karen says:

    Female: Lillian Hellman played by Christine Ebersole
    Male : Charlie Chaplin played by Martin Short

  • I’d like to see Ben Kingsley reprise Mahatma Ghandi…he’s the right age now.

  • Rosie says:

    Benjamin Franklin played by Brian Denehey

  • Claire says:

    Mary Todd Lincoln, played by Cherry Jones.

  • Nancy C says:

    Imelda Marcos played by Lea Solanga

  • Michael DiGaetano says:

    Jesus played by Hunter Parish. Huh? Really?

  • Nancy C. says:

    I noticed that someone else also chose Imelda Marcos, so let me try again.
    Mata Hari played by Meryl Streep

  • Sean C. says:

    Napoleon – played by Danny Devito.

  • Roselle says:

    Hernando Cortes played by Bobby Carnavale

  • Lindsay B says:

    Andrew Jackson with Benjamin Walker as wait… That’s been done.
    In actuality it would have to be Marlene Dietrich with Melanie Laurent playing the role. She has the gumption to make it interesting.

  • Caitlin Clements says:

    Walt Disney played by Clark Gable (you didn’t say it had to be a living actor!)

  • David goldstein says:

    Audra Macdonald as rosa parks!

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    Benjamin Franklin – Brad Oscar

  • WC says:

    A Martha Stewart musical based on the made-for-TV movie, Martha Inc., starring Veanne Cox. Seriously.

  • Barbara S says:

    Barbara Jordan played by Halle Berry

  • Laurent says:

    Lee Harvey Oswald’s life…and death. Malkovich is another good, but obvious choice. An interesting choice would be Brad Pitt….if he could pulll off the stage work.

  • Art Is Art Patti says:

    The Perfect Choice Would Be Malcolm X -With Denzel Washington Who Was Nominated For An Oscar For The Role! J

  • Matt Stern says:

    A musical about Hillary Clinton…. starring Beth Leavel

  • Zephan Ellenbogen says:

    A meeting of Mark Twain and Nicola Tesla, respectively played by Robin Williams and Hugh Jackman

  • Jen says:

    I would like to see a play about Judy Garland with Laura Osnes playing Judy

  • Sara G. says:

    Erik Idle would star as the Earl of Sandwich
    or, on a more serious note
    a bunch lesser known actors would have their Broadway debuts in the story of the Stonewall Riots

  • Wendy C. says:

    Paul Giamatti playing Winston Churchill

  • Frederic Tacon says:

    George Washington played by Kevin Spacey.

  • Kate says:

    Richard Dreyfuss as Theodore Roosevelt

  • Lisa says:

    Queen Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian islands. She felt her mission was to preserve the islands for their native residents. In 1898, Hawaii was annexed to the United States and Queen Liliuokalani was forced to give up her throne. Hers is a great story of a woman of power on a tiny island kingdom who really never surrenders her desire to keep Hawaii sovreign unto itself. It would be awesome to get Lea Solanga to play her!

  • I’d like to see Phillip Seymore Hoffman play the life of Sam Kinison. Sam was a HUGE hearted guy, with maniacal humor, unbridled energy, living it all out on the edge with interesting roots and backstory; it would make a phenominal and surprising turn for Hoffman–a transcendent role, I say. (And, of course, there’s Sam’s material to invoke where appropriate; and I think PSH could deliver it).

  • I would love to see Phylicia Rashad (my favorite theatre actress) playing Rosa Parks in her old age recounting her life story.

  • Liz Wollman says:

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky played by John Hurt.

  • Vana says:

    Marion Anderson played by Audra McDonald

  • Vana says:

    The Sisterhood of Civil Rights
    Coretta Scot King by Phylicia Rashad
    Mylie Evers Williams by La Tanya Richardson
    and Betty Shabazz by Angela Bassett

  • Fran Kitchell says:

    I would like to see Florence Nightingale starring Meryl Streep

  • Joewmarshall says:

    D. W. GRIFFITH played by Adrien Brody. Griffith’s movies might be hard from some people to watch now. His world of film was perishable—everything goes off fast. He made people sit for three hours, and come back for more.

  • Maya says:

    Even though it’s more folklore than history, I would like to see John Henry, set in a musical, played by Joshua Henry. It’s a pretty powerful story that I would love to see translated onto the stage.

  • Carey Walden says:

    Sojourner Truth played by Audra McDonald. She would kill an “Ain’t I a Woman?” monologue!

  • Randi says:

    Victoria Clark as Susan B. Anthony!

  • Lloyd says:

    ….some of my favorite match-ups…..
    Marcel Marceau……..Bill Irwin
    Phoebe Snow………..Bette Midler
    George Steinbrenner………John Goodman
    Robert Kennedy ………James Franco
    Paul Newman…………Patrick Wilson
    Jacqueline Kennedy ……Felicity Jones (an amazing stage actress that everyone should know!!!!!)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver…….Jane Alexander

  • Elise says:

    The real story of Captain William Bligh (Mutiny on the Bounty) later Vice Admiral who actually used punishment sparingly, cared for the health of his crew, was an affectionate husband, and extraordinary sailor. I’d cast John Lithgow.

  • Elise says:

    Can you have two choices? If so, my second choice would be a play about Charles Manson played by John Malkovich. I know it’s a dark, horrible subject, but I’d focus on the charisma and the power the man had/still has over people.

  • Malcolm X played by Jeffrey Wright would be engaging for me in any dramatic stage play about the former’s life. Whether it’s a play that has already been presented on stage about Malcolm or a newly conceived work, Jeffrey would do it justice.

  • Gaby G says:

    Kathleen Turner as Betty Ford
    Richard Dreyfuss as Albert Einstein
    Cheyenne Jackson as Geronimo
    Joy Behar as Emma Goldman

  • EllenFD says:

    Hannah Senesh played by Lily Rabe

  • Bryan David says:

    Dear Mr. Davenport, et al:
    Call me bias (You’re bias) But immediately the one and only: Mr. Oscar Fingal O’Fahertie Wills Wilde comes to mind. 1st because of the vast volume of his works and 2nd, I spent two years researching him, his life and his lawsuits…
    “Dance With The Devil” ©
    “Wilde About Me!” ©
    The Life, Loves & Lawsuits
    Oscar Wilde! ™
    © Copyright 2010 Bryan David/Brandon Kress
    All Rights Reserved

  • Andrew Beall says:

    Babe Ruth played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman

  • Michael says:

    The Michael Jackson Story: starring William Herredia. Kind of a pop culture cliche choosing MJ, but tell me that performance wouldn’t sell, and anyone would say otherwise. 😉

  • Michael says:

    It’s Wilson Heredia. My apologies.

  • says:

    Sandra Day O’Connor, played by Marian Seldes

  • Marty says:

    Anyone who saw the mini series on HBO understands what I mean when I say this:
    John Adams played by Paul Giamatti
    The story was gripping, the acting was on another level and I felt insanely proud of my country while watching these men create our country from nothing. This particular story just focuses on Adams not well known but MASSIVE role in shaping our country – and how he had to be willing to be despised by his peers for the good of the country

  • Brian says:

    I am surprised that there has not been a musical about Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America. I think that he would be a great historical figure to have a show about and I think that Michael Cerveris would be the best person cast in that role.

  • NineDaves says:

    Give me a Jackie-O musical, told in flashback, with Laura Osnes playing a young Jackie and Mary Beth Peil playing an old Jackie.

  • Mickey says:

    Robert E Lee, played by Bryan Cranston. Told from the post-war Reconstruction period

  • LaSonya Thompson says:

    Hands down, a musical on Harry Belafonte and played by actor Brian White. Harry Belafonte is international in scope.

  • Susan C says:

    Rosa Parks played by Viola Davis

  • The “Abominable Showman” David Merrick Played by Nathan Lane or Lewis J. Stadlen. Controversy, scandal, A character you love to hate. It’s got it all.

  • Margie says:

    “Sting Like a Bee” – the story of Mohammad Ali to be played by Will Smith. (Remember how well “The Great White Hope” ran? Nothing has been done since).

  • Doug says:

    Lady Godiva played by Scarlet Johansen

  • Doug says:

    Actually, Brian, there was a musical back in the late 80s or early 90s called 1492. It was by Meredith Wilson of MUSIC MAN fame, and starred Chita Rivera as Queen Isabella. I don’t remember who played Columbus, but it bombed.

  • playfull says:

    ‘Groucho’ played by Robert Downey Jr
    Or ‘Harpo’ played by anyone handy on a hooter.

  • JBS says:

    A musical about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg…starring Carolee Carmello and Brent Carver (a little Parade reunion for fun)

  • John Presutti says:

    “Nurse Flo” the Life and times of Florence Nightingale played by Edie Falco… Understudied by Lisa Emery (underrated theatre actress)
    “Caligula” Played by Hugh Jackman…. lets see what he can REALLY do…

  • Tim R. says:

    Salvador Dali played by Johnny Depp!

  • Matt M. says:

    The life of Margaret Bourke-White, the first female photo journalist, played by Lily Rabe.

  • Jordan Levine says:

    Has there already been a Jackie Robinson bio-musical?

  • Marybeth says:

    Jane Austen. The popular image of her as a lovelorn spinster who never married, while true, is only half the story. (She rejected at least one marriage proposal.) As played by Amanda Root, who was brilliant in The Norman Conquests.

  • Rebecca L. says:

    I’d love to see the love story of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE thinking. But the collection of their letters “I Love You, Ronnie” is AMAZING and would make incredible lyrics for a score.

  • James says:

    Did you pick a winner already?
    I’d like to see a docu-drama of Steven Russell. There was a movie made already starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGreggor and I feel like it’s perfect for Broadway Audiences. The title role would be played by Jeremy Jordan! duh…. 🙂

  • Kristopher says:

    J. Edgar Hoover
    Played by Norbert Leo Butz
    The film J. Edgar was so dramatic, I really feel the material is there.

  • Michael DiPietro says:

    O.J. Simpson played by Norm Lewis
    – MJD

  • Sue says:

    Barack Obama, perhaps played by Coleman Domingo. President Obama is a passionate leader, his backstory in his book “Dreams From My Father” is compelling, and the ending is yet to be written. But it will make a great show someday.

  • Meg Rojahn says:

    The author Daphne Du Maurier as a young woman, played by Emma Watson. Two of my favorite inspirations!

  • Evelyn says:

    I’d love to see a musical about Shirley Chisolm played by Audra McDonald.

  • Shannon D. says:

    !!! HARVEY MILK !!!
    Actor Possibilites: Hugh Jackman
    James Franco
    Joaquin Phoenix (Leaf)
    Or, the obvious – Sean Penn
    If Musical Production: Chad Kimball
    Levi Kreis
    Title Possibilities: “Thank You San Francisco!”
    “You Gotta Give Them Hope”
    “My Name is Harvey Milk…”

  • ECP says:

    Mata Hari
    If Nina Arianda passes, then Rachel Weisz

  • Cam says:

    Francis Bacon actor would be Tom Hanks

  • Nina Arianda as Hedda Hopper!

  • Pete says:

    How about a vaudevillian themed dramatization of the life and political career of Theodore Roosevelt starring Philip Seymour Hoffman entitled “Big Stick”?
    Personally, I think it’s a winning idea.

  • Margie says:

    “Alcatraz Al,” a musical, and the story of Al Capone, to be played by Hugh Jackson with the “Al Capone” dancers.

  • Lane says:

    Alfred Hitchcock (focusing on his dark side) played by Josh Gad
    Harry S Truman played by Chris Cooper
    Bella Abzug played by Kathy Bates

  • Tony p says:

    Lenny Bruce starring Bobby Cannavale!
    Condaleeza Rice the musical, starting Montego Glover. (c’mon! Her poor rural roots to political power story is perfect for dramatic approach!)

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    How about: a musical about Madame Marie Curie played by Meryl Streep. She sings beautifully and already knows the Polish accent. It is the story of a young Polish woman who excels at science and discovers the element Radium and how to use it to make X-rays, thus revolutionizing medicine. Featuring her romance with her husband, Pierre (Kevin Kline? Howard McGillin?) and they could sing a love duet, “I See Through You”…They are enjoying their research and fame when suddenly he dies when he gets hit by a horse-n-carriage on a dark, rainy night (I’ve always wondered how you could not see or hear the horse-n-carriage coming, but anything’s possible). She could then sing the tragic dirge, “Hold, Don’t Move, Don’t Breathe”….(which becomes a hit known popularly as “the X-ray song”). It peaks with her getting the Nobel Prize, with a touching reprise to her late husband of “I See Through You” and then she dies of radiation poisoning.

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