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Ever since I was young, I’ve been involved in theatre. In second grade theater camp, I played Interplanet Janet in our production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. Outside of stage crew, however, Janet is the height of my theatre career. However, while I didn’t pursue a career in theatre, you can probably tell by my blog that it’s one of my main passions in life.
Despite not having any singing or acting ability whatsoever, there are many female musical roles currently on Broadway that I idolize, even though I obviously never will play them.
In no particular order, here they are:
Elphaba Thropp (Wicked)
This has been a dream role of mine from the time I saw Wicked for the first time in 2011. I strongly empathize with her story of being lonely and misunderstood, and as a result her character is one I’ve always adored. This isn’t even mentioning those killer songs she gets to sing throughout the show, all of which I love, naturally.
Angelica Schuyler (Hamilton)
When it comes time to pick a favorite song from Hamilton’s massive soundtrack, it’s close to impossible. For me, however, one of my all-time favorites is “Satisfied.” In how it’s written and in how it’s staged, “Satisfied” is so unbelievably powerful. In addition, she gets to roast Hamilton in “The Reynolds Pamphlet” for cheating on Eliza, making the role even more desirable.
Zoe Murphy (Dear Evan Hansen)
In terms of where I’m at in my life right now, I would love to play Zoe in Dear Evan Hansen. I think that her vulnerability and the gamut of emotions she goes through throughout the show would be fascinating to explore eight times a week.
Elsa is a character I have identified with since the movie came out in 2013. When I saw the Broadway show last July, I was floored. Two of her new songs, “Dangerous to Dream” and “Monster,” point to the fact that there are so many layers underneath the Elsa we see in the movie and also in the musical. I just feel like I’d never get sick of playing the character or being in that show.
Any of the leading/featured roles (Mean Girls)
I tried choosing just one of these strong female characters in Mean Girls, but I feel like all of them have potential to be a blast to play. Janice, of course, has her standout number “I’d Rather Be Me,” and Cady is at the center of the story. Moreover, Regina gets to belt villainous songs such as “Someone Gets Hurt” and “World Burn,” Gretchen is emotionally vulnerable, and Karen’s “Sexy” is a stroke of comedic genius. For me, any of these would be a dream role.
While playing Roxie would no doubt be exhilarating, “Cell Block Tango” is a number I would love to perform. It’s iconic in every sense of the word, and more than that, it’s one of the standout numbers in the show along with one of Velma’s other songs, “All That Jazz.” Fact of the matter is, she’s in all of the best songs in this show.
Beverley (Come From Away)
I’ve never seen this musical, but it would be simply rewarding to tell the story of “Me and the Sky” to thousands of people every week.
Vivian (Pretty Woman)
I know this show isn’t too critically-acclaimed, but the soundtrack is probably one of my all-time favorites to listen to on a daily basis. A particular highlight for me is Vivian’s eleven o’clock number, “I Can’t Go Back.”
Any of the leading/featured roles (Waitress)
The best thing about this musical is its focus on female characters, and as a result, any of them would be an honor to play. Naturally, Jenna has her showstoppers such as “What Baking Can Do” and “She Used To Be Mine,” the latter of which is one of my all-time favorite songs in all of musical theatre. At the same time, Becky and Dawn are also characters with phenomenal songs and intriguing storylines.
Dina (The Band’s Visit)
I know this show is closing in just a few weeks, but nevertheless, I’d love to play a Jewish female character as a Jew myself. Even more so, the music is a delight to sing and the show is pretty low-key, but in a way that suits its story.
What roles would you love to play that are currently on Broadway? What about those that aren’t currently playing? Let me know!