This October Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be the buzz of Broadway when they buddy up in a pair of new revivals of Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land. Over the weekend, we asked you to tell us which pair of Broadway buddy roles you’d like to see McKellen and Stewart tackle after they’re done Waiting. The answers ranged from ridiculous to revelatory, but readers were up for the challenge and made their voices heard with the results below! (Sadly, only 1% of voters foresaw a McKellen-Stewart double header in Newsies.)
1. Albin and Georges (La Cage aux Folles) - 15%
The big winner here is the main pair of lovers from La Cage aux Folles, and you better believe that we can envision either McKellen or Stewart taking on the iconic drag of Zaza. Either way, it’ll be the “Best of Times” indeed.
2. Oscar and Felix (The Odd Couple) - 14%
The big question here is which actor would play which role? McKellen seems like the type to get messy as Oscar, opposite a neurotic Stewart as Felix. But maybe they should perform it in repertory and switch roles every night!
3. Timon and Pumbaa (The Lion King) - 12%
We’d have no worries for the rest of our days if McKellen and Stewart stepped behind the puppets to channel this pair of streetwise (or, savannah-wise) buddies. Aren’t you just dying to hear their impeccably pronounced rendition of “Hakuna Matata”?