With writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen's latest feature, Inside Llewyn Davis, earning accolades on the film festival rounds, Broadway.com asked readers which of the Oscar-winning filmmaking duo's studios signature films should be adapted into a Broadway show. The votes have been counted. Take a look below to see which of the Coens' contemporary classics fans most want to be blown away by on stage!
1. O Brother, Where Art Thou? - 39%
OK, folks, hold the applause and drop your drawers! The Coens’ picaresque tale of cons-on-the-run, an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey transposed to Depression-era America and pitched as rambunctious slapstick, is an exuberant crowd-pleaser and would make the perfect Broadway musical. O Brother, Where Art Thou?'s stunning images and multi-award-winning soundtrack of bluegrass music (produced by T-Bone Burnett), would look and sound even more out of this world on one of the Great White Way's spectacular stages.
2. The Big Lebowski - 12%
Put on your bathrobe, polish your bowling balls and gather up your soiled rugs because fans would love to see The Big Lebowski tread the boards. The Coens' comedy crime caper story about a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot and gallons of White Russians is tailor-made for the stage. Convince Jeff Bridges to make his long overdue Broadway debut by reprising his iconic role as the Dude and we'll be first in line on opening night.
3. True Grit - 10%
The slow-moving story of True Grit—a precocious fourteen-year-old girl and a drunken U.S. Marshal named Rooster Cogburn set out across the Lone Star Sate to hunt down a killer in the late 1800s—might be a little tricky to translate for the stage, but, if done right, it could be a tour de force. The Coen brothers, along with frequent collaborator, cinematographer Richard Deakins, created some of their most striking visuals for their Oscar-nominated movie and the right rising Broadway ingenue could make a show like this take off.