Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hunter in Spring? (Who Is That Hottie - Replacement Edition?)

Hunter Parrish (Weeds) is apparently going to replace Jonathan Groff in Spring Awakening? (starting in May apparently? along with a new Moritz to replace Blake Bashok (Lost) who is already a replacement for Tony winner Jon Galagher Jr.)

I'm saddened and intrigued. Intrigued about Hunter Parrish (who knew he could sing?) even though there's the slow slope to stunt casting (please don't do like Chicago) but more sad that Jonathan Groff will finally be leaving Spring Awakening (but to go do Hair at the Park!).

Still, I just think of Hunter Parrish as Silas Botwin, the confused teen on Weeds and the white boy in Freedom Writers. Oh wait. This just might work.

UPDATE: Apparently word is now that it's some unknown student still in university that will take the Melchior role. (Apr. 1 2008 Not a joke but unconfirmed)

UPDATE 2: Apparently now, Canadian singer/songwriter Kyle Riabko mentioned at his concert last night that he's getting the role. Damn, it's already on his wikipedia page too! He appeared in Season 4 of Instant Star which has yet to air. (Apr. 17 2008) UPDATE: Rumour is that he's in the National Tour but will go to Broadway until it begins. (Apr. 22 2008)

So I guess that means Daniel Clark (Degrassi:TNG) did not in fact get the gig (after at least 4 auditions?)? Unless he's up for the touring production.

UPDATE: Incidentally, Groff's Spring co-star Lea Michelle will appear in the Hollywood Bowl concert of Les Mis this summer (as Eponine) with The Office's Melora Hardin (as Fantine) and a bevy of Broadway stars including Rosie O'Donnell (Madame Thernardier), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Javert), J. Mark McVey (Jean Valjean), and Aaron Lazar (Enjolras).

See also
One Jonathan Groff To Live
One More Jonathan Groff To Live
No More Jonathan Groff To Live
Broadway Marathon
I Only Stalk Celebrities (Like Jonathan Groff) on Broadway

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No, you were right. Hunter Parrish is going to be the next Broadway Melchoir in August. Kyle Riabko leaves in July to rehearse with the national tour cast, and Matt Doyle, current Hanschen and Melchoir understudy, will step into the role during the interim.