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19th Oct '17 4:27:32 PM trulymadmoves
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* Though the casting calls of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' simply say that every actor (with the exception of the one playing King George III) should be non-white, most productions match up exactly with the ethnicities of the original Broadway cast.

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* Though the casting calls of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' simply say that every actor (with the exception of the one playing King George III) should be non-white, most productions match up exactly with the ethnicities of the original Broadway cast.cast (predominantly black, with Latino men as Hamilton and Laurens and an Asian woman as Eliza), though this is far from universal.
1st Oct '17 4:14:30 PM RedScharlach
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** Cosette, a brunette in the book, always is given a brown wig, regardless of the hair colour of the actress. Katie Hall is a notable aversion. She played Cosette in the 25th Anniversary Concert. However, she too wore a dark wig when she played the role at the Queen's Theatre. Cosette was also blond in the 2012 movie, when she was played by Creator/AmandaSeyfried.

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** Cosette, a brunette in the book, is always is given a brown wig, regardless of the hair colour of the actress. Katie Hall is a notable aversion. She played Cosette in the 25th Anniversary Concert. However, she too wore a dark wig when she played the role at the Queen's Theatre. Cosette was also blond in the 2012 movie, when she was played by Creator/AmandaSeyfried.



** The Usherette who sings "Science Fiction Double Feature" is often played by the actress who portrays Magenta or Colombia.

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** The Usherette who sings "Science Fiction Double Feature" is often played by the actress who portrays Magenta or Colombia.Columbia.



** The Teen Angel and Johnny Casino are usually played by the same actor, as Alan Paul played both in the original Broadway production . Exceptions to the rule include Johnny Casino being written out of some stagings, so that the actor for Vince Fontaine will instead double the part for the Teen Angel.

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** The Teen Angel and Johnny Casino are usually played by the same actor, as Alan Paul played both in the original Broadway production .production. Exceptions to the rule include Johnny Casino being written out of some stagings, so that the actor for Vince Fontaine will instead double the part for the Teen Angel.



** Sandy herself is near-always played by a blonde actress, or the actress will be given a blonde wig. This in part was due to the popularity of Olivia Newton John's portrayal in the film adapation, although the real-life inspiration for Sandy's character was also a blonde. Although in both the '72 and 2007 Broadway productions, the initial actresses for Sandy were allowed to keep their dark hair.

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** Sandy herself is near-always nearly always played by a blonde actress, or the actress will be given a blonde wig. This in part was due to the popularity of Olivia Newton John's Newton-John's portrayal in the film adapation, adaptation, although the real-life inspiration for Sandy's character was also a blonde. Although in both the '72 and 2007 Broadway productions, the initial actresses for Sandy were allowed to keep their dark hair.



* In ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', more than just a few people assume that Gary Coleman is always played by a black woman. Most Youtube clips with songs from Avenue Q are from the broadway production with Natalie Venetia Belcon playing Coleman, so it made a few people confused whenever they found clips from the London production featuring Giles Terera.

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* In ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', more than just a few people assume that Gary Coleman is always played by a black woman. Most Youtube clips with songs from Avenue Q are from the broadway Broadway production with Natalie Venetia Belcon playing Coleman, so it made a few people confused whenever they found clips from the London production featuring Giles Terera.
30th Sep '17 12:28:40 AM TudorRose
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** Christine is almost always a brunette. It should be noted that RUG tends to keep a very close rein on character designs in their productions. (In 2014 Emmi Christensson became the first Christine to have a blonde wig in the West End. All other blonde Christines in ALW's Phantom have been in non-replica productions.)

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** Christine is almost always a brunette.brunette because Music/SarahBrightman, who originated the role, has dark hair. It should be noted that RUG tends to keep a very close rein on character designs in their productions. (In 2014 Emmi Christensson became the first Christine to have a blonde wig in the West End. All other blonde Christines in ALW's Phantom have been in non-replica productions.)
15th Jun '17 2:03:44 PM jtierney50
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** Cosette, a brunette in the book, always is given a brown wig, regardless of the hair colour of the actress. Katie Hall is a notable aversion. She played Cosette in the 25th Anniversary Concert. However, she too wore a dark wig when she played the role at the Queen's Theatre.

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** Cosette, a brunette in the book, always is given a brown wig, regardless of the hair colour of the actress. Katie Hall is a notable aversion. She played Cosette in the 25th Anniversary Concert. However, she too wore a dark wig when she played the role at the Queen's Theatre. Cosette was also blond in the 2012 movie, when she was played by Creator/AmandaSeyfried.
18th May '17 2:22:47 PM Everlighte
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** The majority of Eponines have had dark hair, despite the fact that [[Literature/LesMiserables the novel]] describes her as a blonde[[note]]Hugo himself was not very consistent on Eponine's hair color, describing her first as having "chestnut" colored hair before later referring to her as blonde[[/note]]. This is probably set by original Eponine, Frances Ruffelle and reinforced by notable 10th Anniversary Concert Cast Eponine, Lea Salonga, and 25th Anniversary, Samantha Barks. In fact, Megan Lawrence, a blonde Eponine on Broadway, commented once to an interviewer that she never thought she'd get to play Eponine ''because'' she was a blonde.

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** The majority of Eponines have had dark hair, despite the fact that [[Literature/LesMiserables the novel]] describes her as a blonde[[note]]Hugo Hugo himself was is not very consistent on Eponine's hair color, describing her first as having "chestnut" "chestnut/auburn" colored hair before later referring to her as blonde[[/note]].having "a blonde and lymphatic pallor.". This is probably set by original Eponine, Frances Ruffelle and reinforced by notable 10th Anniversary Concert Cast Eponine, Lea Salonga, and 25th Anniversary, Samantha Barks. In fact, Megan Lawrence, a blonde Eponine on Broadway, commented once to an interviewer that she never thought she'd get to play Eponine ''because'' she was a blonde.
27th Apr '17 1:26:32 PM Sceptre
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* Though the casting calls of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' simply say that every actor should be non-white, most productions match up exactly with the ethnicities of the original Broadway cast.

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* Though the casting calls of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' simply say that every actor (with the exception of the one playing King George III) should be non-white, most productions match up exactly with the ethnicities of the original Broadway cast.
27th Apr '17 11:14:35 AM Golondrina
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This may not technically be true--there may indeed be as many non-black actors cast in the role as black ones--the point is that the ''impression'' is there. Most people who know the show, or at least the Broadway production with Ben Vereen and film with Carl Anderson, when they think of the character, think of him as black. This phenomenon is also why most people who think of the musical ''Rent'' will imagine Mark with short blond hair and glasses. This can also refer to casting conventions, such as how certain shows are always subject to (sometimes ridiculous) DawsonCasting whereas others are less so.

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This may not technically be true--there may indeed be as many non-black actors cast in the role as black ones--the point is that the ''impression'' is there. Most people who know the show, or at least the Broadway production with Ben Vereen and film with Carl Anderson, when they think of the character, think of him as black. This phenomenon is also why most people who think of the musical ''Rent'' ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' will imagine Mark with short blond hair and glasses. This can also refer to casting conventions, such as how certain shows are always subject to (sometimes ridiculous) DawsonCasting whereas others are less so.
27th Apr '17 10:59:58 AM Golondrina
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* Revivals of ''The Cradle Will Rock'' often do without costumes, scenery or orchestra; the original production (which was directed by OrsonWelles, by the way) did this out of necessity when the actors were locked out of the theatre it was supposed to open in.

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* Revivals of ''The Cradle Will Rock'' often do without costumes, scenery or orchestra; the original production (which was directed by OrsonWelles, Creator/OrsonWelles, by the way) did this out of necessity when the actors were locked out of the theatre it was supposed to open in.
11th Apr '17 10:00:32 PM trulymadmoves
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* Though the casting calls of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' simply say that every actor should be non-white, most productions match up exactly with the ethnicities of the original Broadway cast.
25th Feb '17 7:42:01 PM nombretomado
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** Sky Masterson is the traditional romantic lead while Nathan Detroit is the more comic role. Though Nathan Detroit was originally played by the tone-deaf Sam Levene, thanks to FrankSinatra's portrayal in the movie, Nathan Detroit is often played by the better singer.

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** Sky Masterson is the traditional romantic lead while Nathan Detroit is the more comic role. Though Nathan Detroit was originally played by the tone-deaf Sam Levene, thanks to FrankSinatra's Music/FrankSinatra's portrayal in the movie, Nathan Detroit is often played by the better singer.
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