Tom Hanks may have starred in over 40 films, but the two-time Oscar winner has never appeared on the Great White Way, but that's about to change. The celebrated actor recently nabbed the lead role in Nora Ephron’s the Lucky Guy, slated to open in January 2012. Ready to welcome Hanks with open arms, Broadway.com asked readers which of Hanks’ films should become a Broadway musical. The results are in and musicals revolving around an idiot savant, a toy cowboy and a fatigued baseball manager were among readers’ top picks. Take a look at the results below!
1. Forrest Gump - 20%
Hanks won his second Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the title character in the 1994 hit film based on Winston Groom's 1986 novel of the same name. The epic drama followed a naïve but loveable Alabama native as he witnessed some of the defining moments of the 20th century. The film spawned the memorable catchphrase: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.”
2. Toy Story – 17%
Hanks may not have actually appeared in the 1995 computer-animated comedy, but his rich voice was enough to breathe life into his character, a pull-string cowboy doll named Woody. The first animated feature film from Pixar followed a group of aging toys threatened by the arrival of a high-tech space ranger action figure naed Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen). Hanks also lent his vocal talents to the film's two sequels.
3. A League of Their Own - 16%
As Jimmy Dugan, a tough baseball coach forced to get in touch with his feminine side, Hanks hit the dugout with a slew of famous women including Geena Davis and Madonna. Directed by Penny Marshall, the movie told a fictional account of the American Girls Professional Baseball League, founded by Philip K. Wrigley in 1943. The film also featured Broadway vet Rosie O'Donnell.
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