Well Darius Campbell is rather dashing & brilliant in 'Funny Girl' & with that ending in October that would be perfect timing!!
He's Scottish too & just imagine him with a beard aka Matthew Morrison lads ????
WEC, I defintely don't dislike Darius, but I just don't think he reads right for the role. I also feel that this role requires a bonafide musical theatre triple threat, which although he is okay for some roles, this role requires some heavy lead male lifting.
Have to say Alfie Boe doesn't seem right for this in my eyes. Happy to be proven wrong but I can't see myself rushing to get tickets if this turns out to be true. On the other hand there will be plenty of opportunities to see his understudy if his attendance rate remains the same as in Les Mis. ;-)
This seems an odd fit to me. As has been said, the score is very 'pop' and wouldn't seem to suit his voice at all and also he is older than the type of casting they seem to have gone for so far. I'd be happy to be proved wrong of course but something doesn't excite me about this if true, and i'm someone who has been very excited about it coming over.
Out of interest, what is this website the rumour has started on? Is it a well known/respected outlet that has this kind of news often and is usually legit?
Maybe by getting Alfie Boe in they're hoping to somehow "legitimise" the poppiness of the score, if you will. Can't say it's the sort of casting choice that'll get me through the doors, but given his fanbase, I doubt they'll miss me!
Hmm, interesting choice if it's true. I don't think Alfie Boe would be too old, he looks a little "old" as Valjean but would probably look younger as Barrie. I also think his "Neverland" would be dreamy. Doesn't seem as weird a choice as Josh Groban doing Pierre on Broadway in the War and Peace-pop musical.
That said, I also don't really think he'd be right for the role, I can't put my finger on it why. Be happy to give him a chance though. I enjoyed the show in New York (didn't see Morrison though, his understudy was on).