Feb 262013

Simon Le Bon as Matthew.

Simon Le Bon as Matthew.

SPOILER ALERT: If you are a fan of the smash Masterpiece Theater series Downton Abbey and have not yet seen the conclusion to Season 3, you would be wise to go no further…unless, that is, your desire to cast the rock musical being made based on Downtown Abbey, retitled Downtown Abbey. If you don’t care about having the season-ending episode spoiler or if you’re up to date on recent developments and know already, proceed to the next page, where your chance to cast this rock musical extravaganza follows!


  96 Responses to “Downton Abbey: The Rock Musical”

  1. cherguevarra

    Neko Case as ex-pat hot mom.

    Is there a part for Leon Russell in this thing?

  2. mockcarr

    How about Morrissey for Carson? I’m thinking eyebrows and melancholy.

  3. diskojoe

    How about Ray Davies as PaPa? Maybe we can slide Friend of the Hall Martin Newell into a role also, even a female one (he played one of the lady booksellers of the Wivenhoe Bookstore in a video about the Arts in Wivenhoe)

    • I’m liking Ray in that role, and I can definitely see keeping Newell in the mix, even as a woman. I do have one male rocker in the lead – in my mind – to play one of the key female roles. I’m waiting to see if anyone suggests this match…

  4. cherguevarra

    Joanna Newsom as the left-most sister there, I guess she is the youngest?


  5. hrrundivbakshi

    Adam Lambert as the sneaky gay manservant.

  6. hrrundivbakshi

    Scratch that — too obvious. I now suggest the ZStyle Council-era Paul Weller for the role of the sneaky gay manservant. This Look:


  7. 2000 Man

    How about Honey Badger as 2000 Man, who just doesn’t give a fuck!

  8. jeangray

    Do you guys really watch this show???

  9. Happiness Stan

    I’d nominate Marianne Faithful as the Dowager, what about Leonard Cohen as Bates?

  10. ladymisskirroyale

    Scott Walker is Carson.

    And how about Clare Grogan for Daisy?

  11. cherguevarra

    You could probably cast all of Franz Ferdinand in this thing.

  12. ladymisskirroyale

    Alison Moyet for Mrs. Patmore?

    • Wow, young Mrs. Hughes is HOT under that bun!

      Nancy Wilson could also serve as Lord Crawley’s sister or cousin or whatever (?), the woman who lives in London and occasionally looks after one of the daughters or the young party girl cousin.

  13. 80’s bubblegum singer Tiffany: http://popdose.com/wp-content/uploads/tiffany1.jpg

    as disgraced the rehabilitated maid/prostitute/cook with-a-heart-of-gold Ethel: http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q313/LS26Old/AmyNuttall.jpg

  14. I was thinking Lita Ford for Anna but I can’t find a picture of Ms Ford where she isn’t making some stupid-ass “rocker” face.

  15. I’m still hopeful that someone will hit on my nomination for the Dowager, because should that casting suggestion appear it may win top prize…as determined by our celebrity judge, of course.

    At the risk of claiming a prize myself, I will put forth a suggestion for the ex-pat hot mom, Lady Crawley. Here she is, in fact, with a strong nominee for Lord Crawley:


  16. Because he’s not important enough a character to snag a top prize, I will recommend Undertones bassist Michael Bradley to play the part of O’Brien’s nephew, the oversized footman Alfred. Bradley is the Undertone in the middle, wearing the too-tight denim jacket:


  17. machinery

    Chrissie Hynde as the Countess Grantham — American in England.

    Amy Winehouse as Sybil — both dead.

    Nick Cave as Thomas.

    Meat loaf as Bates

    Those are the only characters I know.

  18. ladymisskirroyale

    Mod, I dont know if Bette Davis ever sang, but she was one for a quip, so I would nominate her for the Dowager Countess.

  19. ladymisskirroyale

    Crystal Gayle IS Lady Grantham.

  20. ladymisskirroyale

    And a Fleetwood Mac 1-2 punch:

    Christine McVie for Anna Bates
    Stevie Nicks for Ethel

  21. hrrundivbakshi

    Kemal Pamuk, the Indian-born (?) aristocrat who deflowered Lady Mary and nearly brought a lifetime of shame on Downton Abbey:


    … should, of course, be played by Dave Navarro:


  22. A brief detour – Just finished watching season 1 of Game of Thrones. Wilco Johnson of Dr. Feelgood has a small part where he plays some kind of court enforcer who can’t speak because his tongue was cut out. He’s a scary looking dude.

    • I didn’t know he was an actor until reading that he died was very sick a month or two ago. I wonder how many people on the set with him had any idea who he was, what he meant to music.

      • Whoa there Mod. Wilko has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer but is still raging against the dying light. He has refused chemo & intends to fulfill the sold out farewell gigs in March. It has, of course, taken this terrible news for him to be recognised as the National Treasure that he has always been. His reaction to his condition has been quite inspirational.
        Through a lucky hitch-hike I became good friends with Dr Feelgood & especially Wilko, on their rise from the pubs. Life got in the way but last October we were able to catch up & shoot the breeze about some good old times. Wilko’s illness makes me even more grateful that we were able to have this time.
        My nephew, who enjoyed the gig, just wanted to talk to him about Game Of Thrones !

  23. A little more than 24 hours remain in our contest to cast Downtown Abbey: The Musical. Some key characters still need a definitive casting, including the Dowager. Remember: I’ve got the PERFECT musician to play her, and I will claim that prize if need be.

  24. ladymisskirroyale

    Ah, Reba McEntire is the spitting image of Lord Grantham’s sister (the one who lives in London and almost got stuck with the philandering maid sampler).

  25. ladymisskirroyale

    And in a reversal of type casting, Sandra Dee has been lined up to play Rose, the Scottish niece.

  26. ladymisskirroyale

    AND, in another reversal of type casting, Meatloaf for Mr. Bates.

  27. ladymisskirroyale

    Mr. Royale just suggested Klaus Nomi for the Dowager Countess.

  28. hrrundivbakshi

    Dowager Countess: Klaus Meine of Scorpions:


  29. hrrundivbakshi

    Isobel Crawley = Keef Richards?


  30. He Who Hates Litterbugs hopes to announce his winners this weekend!

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