Theater mavens know that staged readings — i.e. intimate, paired down (often to just a few tables and chairs) presentations of unproduced plays — rarely grow into full Broadway productions featuring the same actors. For every How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (which Daniel Radcliffe read in 2009 and is now headlining), there’s a Promises, Promises (which Anne Hathaway read in 2008 and Kristin Chenoweth starred in the next year). And that’s if the show ever makes it to a theater in the first place.
But it doesn’t mean we can’t get excited when Variety reports that Jon Hamm, John Krasinski, and Tony-winner Scarlett Johansson recently teamed up to read the Katharine Hepburn classic Philadelphia Story under the direction of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’s Alex Timbers. Or that Hugh Jackman and Chenoweth just co-starred in a reading of the 1978 Comden and Green musical On the 20th Century, and Katie Holmes put more truth to the rumor that she was circling a lead turn in William Mastrosimone’s Extremities by signing on to an upcoming reading of the drama with America Ferrera and Pablo Schreiber.
There’s no promising any of these shows will even come close to a New York stage, but if you had to choose, PopWatchers, which one of these purely speculative productions would most likely lure you into a Broadway theater?