If this golden-throated Broadway vet (Spring Awakening) could manage to make it through the ridiculous Hamlet 2 ballad “Raped in the Face” without cracking up, there’s nothing he can’t do. So casting him as Music Meister wouldn’t just be smart, it would be, ahem, “pitch-perfect.”
We already know that this One Tree Hill alum possesses Music Meister’s ability to transport us to alternate realities: Over the course of his career, he’s flashed us back in time to channel Elvis (in Walk the Line) and convinced us that, yeah, sure, a zillionaire might just spontaneously break into song (on Pitch).
If it’s tuneful havoc that Music Meister creates, the series couldn’t do better than to unleash this Tony-nominated Spring Awakenings grad on the part. Besides being a great actor (Looking) and versatile singer (Glee even had him cover Madonna), Frozen’s Kristoff makes a fantastically cheeky baddie (Hamilton).
In addition to being more than buff enough to make us believe that he’s a meta-human, the American Idol rock god has not just acting experience (a guest appearance on CSI: NY) but experience playing the heavy: He was Judas Iscariot on Fox’s The Passion.
Contenders don’t come much hotter than this rising star. After blowing away Broadway theater-goers as Hamilton’s George Eacker, Sykes won raves for his turn as Seaweed in NBC’s Hairspray Live! And, should Music Meister be called upon to bust a move, the Newsies alum and onetime Smash dancer would be enviably light on his feet.
When you hear the name Ne-Yo, “actor” probably isn’t the first thing you think. (It more likely falls somewhere after “singer” and just before “hot.”) But The Wiz Live!’s Tin Man has shown — thanks, CSI: NY — that he has not only the charisma but the chops to deserve bigger acting challenges than Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Though perhaps best known for playing the title web-slinger in Broadway’s infamous Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical, the actor/singer/guitarist makes an exceptionally good baddie, as he proved both on Penny Dreadful (as soulless prettyboy Dorian Gray) and in Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again (as Riff-Raff).
At least as qualified as our other nominees, the BrainDead star — to whom we remain hopelessly devoted after seeing him as Danny Zuko in Grease Live — has a potential leg up on the competition: He could probably phone to get tips on the villain from Music Meister vet NPH, who directed the crooner in a West Coast production of Rent.