The Internet is split today on NBC’s live Peter Pan musical, with some people hate loving it while others just plain hated it. But there’s one thing that everyone can agree on: Christopher Walken was at his most Christopher Walken-ist as Captain Hook. Sure, he flubbed a few lines and seemed to have been told what musical he was in five minutes before the broadcast went live. But he’s still Christopher Walken, and therefore should be cast in all the musicals. Here are a few more musical theater roles we’d like to see Walken tackle. (Images by Kristy Puchko)
1. Sweeney Todd
2. The Landlord in Rent
The role of Benny, the yuppie landlord threatening to kick out the singing squatters, could benefit from Walken’s signature oily charm. Plus, since it’s a small role, he can spend most of the show’s running time sitting down backstage. The guy’s a senior citizen, after all.
3. Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Seeing as how NBC is resurrecting every musical your grandparents grew up with, it’s only a matter of time before they dig out this old chestnut. And clearly the role of the titular hangdog sad sack should be played by Christopher Walken.