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9th May '16 5:02:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* All of this aside, there's also the matter of voices (inflections, center of tone, and general voice qualities). For example, although Ko-Ko in ''TheMikado'' is generally kind (and debatedly ''TheWoobie'') due to the casting of a certain John Reed, almost every portrayal you see has the same character voice. Which wrecks havok on those preparing to audition for the part, who have to choose whether to read the part in their own voice or the precedented one. Similarly, actors have imitated Victor Moore's character voice as Throttlebottom in ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'' and Moonface in ''Theatre/AnythingGoes''.

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* All of this aside, there's also the matter of voices (inflections, center of tone, and general voice qualities). For example, although Ko-Ko in ''TheMikado'' ''Theatre/TheMikado'' is generally kind (and debatedly ''TheWoobie'') due to the casting of a certain John Reed, almost every portrayal you see has the same character voice. Which wrecks havok on those preparing to audition for the part, who have to choose whether to read the part in their own voice or the precedented one. Similarly, actors have imitated Victor Moore's character voice as Throttlebottom in ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'' and Moonface in ''Theatre/AnythingGoes''.
12th Apr '16 7:38:03 PM MasoTey
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* Inverted with ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}''. The Leading Player was originally played on Broadway by Ben Vereen. However, there really is no typical image of the Leading Player, and 'he' is as often a 'she' as not, and of all different ethnicities, body types, and ages (as long as he/she is older than Pippin). The only stereotype of this role is that it's hardly ever played by a white male.

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* ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'':
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Inverted with ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}''. The in the case of the Leading Player was originally played on Broadway by Ben Vereen. However, there really is no typical image of the Leading Player, and 'he' is as often a 'she' as not, and of all different ethnicities, body types, and ages (as long as he/she is older than Pippin). The only stereotype of this role is that it's hardly ever played by a white male.



* In ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', Mrs. Lovett is almost always cast a little on the plump side or blowsy, like Creator/AngelaLansbury as opposed to the equally (perhaps ''more'') likely possibility of her being thin and bony. Christine Baranski is one of the few skinny Mrs. Lovetts.

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* In ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'':
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Mrs. Lovett is almost always cast a little on the plump side or blowsy, like Creator/AngelaLansbury as opposed to the equally (perhaps ''more'') likely possibility of her being thin and bony. Christine Baranski is one of the few skinny Mrs. Lovetts.



* The role of PeterPan has almost always been [[CrosscastRole played by a woman]], as most men post-puberty would be unable to pull off the acrobatic choreography, while still having a childlike voice and frame.
** Similarly, the children's father and Captain Hook are generally played by the same person. (Though Barrie originally wanted ''Mrs.'' Darling to be the actress to play Captain Hook... make of that what you will.) Also, in TheMusical at least, the role of Eliza, the maid, is typically doubled with that of Tiger Lily.

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* ''Theatre/PeterPan'':
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The title role of PeterPan has almost always been [[CrosscastRole played by a woman]], as most men post-puberty would be unable to pull off the acrobatic choreography, while still having a childlike voice and frame.
** Similarly, the children's father and Captain Hook are generally played by the same person. (Though Barrie originally wanted ''Mrs.'' Darling to be the actress to play Captain Hook... make of that what you will.) Also, in )
** In
TheMusical at least, the role of Eliza, the maid, is typically doubled with that of Tiger Lily.



* Almost every play of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' seems to include an Alice who is blonde and blue-eyed, despite the fact that the real-life Alice Liddell was dark-haired. (The original book's illustrations depicted the character as blonde.)

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* Almost every play of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' seems to include an ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'':
** The original book's illustrations depicted
Alice who is blonde and blue-eyed, despite the fact that as blonde, even though the real-life Alice Liddell was dark-haired. (The original book's Most adaptations follow the illustrations depicted the character as blonde.)in making Alice blonde and blue-eyed.



* The voice of the ManEatingPlant in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' is usually that of a black singer, though his (real) face is unseen -- or rather, is seen only as that of a Skid Row bum, which he doubles as by precedent.

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* ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'':
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The voice of the ManEatingPlant in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' is usually that of a black singer, though his (real) face is unseen -- or rather, is seen only as that of a Skid Row bum, which he doubles as by precedent.



* ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''--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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* ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''--Sky ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'':
** 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.



* In ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' 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. There ''is'' however a production of note where Christine is blonde.
** 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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* In ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'':
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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. There ''is'' however a production of note where Christine is blonde.
** In
(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. )



* Everyone remembers Joanne of ''{{Rent}}'' as black, because she was in the original Broadway cast. When the time came for the film, Fredi Walker, who felt herself too old to play a lawyer just out of law school, made one request - that Joanne remain black - and so Tracie Thoms got the role.
** In fact, most of the characters in ''{{Rent}}'' appear to be closely associated with the original performers. Roger tends to be a blonde, Maureen almost always appears with curly brown hair, the ethnicities of all characters tend to stay the same and, of course, the before-mentioned blond, bespectacled Mark (especially strange given that he's Jewish). This was probably exacerbated by the film version casting the majority of the original cast.

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* Most of the characters in ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' tend to be portrayed as the same ethnicities from production to production, and their appearances are closely associated with the original performers. This was probably exacerbated by the film version casting the majority of the original cast.
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Everyone remembers Joanne of ''{{Rent}}'' as black, because she was in the original Broadway cast. When the time came for the film, Fredi Walker, who felt herself too old to play a lawyer just out of law school, made one request - -- that Joanne remain black - -- and so Tracie Thoms got the role.
** In fact, most of the characters in ''{{Rent}}'' appear to be closely associated with the original performers. Roger tends to be a blonde, blonde.
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Maureen almost always appears with curly brown hair, the ethnicities of all characters tend to stay the same and, of course, the hair.
** The
before-mentioned blond, bespectacled Mark (especially strange (a bit unusual given that he's Jewish). This was probably exacerbated by the film version casting the majority of the original cast.Jewish).



*** And averted in the Broadway production when they did some StuntCasting with Joey Fatone of *Music/{{NSYNC}} as Mark- he kept his natural black hair.

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*** And averted in the Broadway production when they did some StuntCasting with Joey Fatone of *Music/{{NSYNC}} as Mark- Mark: he kept his natural black hair.



* ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' had Divine playing Tracy's mom Edna, and the stage shows and later movie continue the man-as-woman tradition.

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* ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'':
** The original film
had Divine playing Tracy's mom Edna, and the stage shows and later movie continue the man-as-woman tradition.



* In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', the majority of Eponines have had dark hair, despite the fact that [[Literature/LesMiserables the novel]] describes her as a blonde[[note]]Although Hugo himself was not very consistent on Eponine's hair color, having described her as having "chestnut" colored hair initially 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.
** Another Les Miserables example is that 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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* In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', the ''Theatre/LesMiserables'':
** The
majority of Eponines have had dark hair, despite the fact that [[Literature/LesMiserables the novel]] describes her as a blonde[[note]]Although Hugo blonde[[note]]Hugo himself was not very consistent on Eponine's hair color, having described describing her first as having "chestnut" colored hair initially 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.
** Another Les Miserables example is that 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.



* In productions of the ''[[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow The Rocky Horror Show]]'', Eddie and Dr Scott are frequently played by the same actor. The [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow film]], which casts two different actors in the roles, is a rare aversion of this. Likewise, the Usherette who sings "Science Fiction Double Feature" is often played by the actress who portrays Magenta or Colombia.

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* In productions of the ''[[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow The Rocky Horror Show]]'', Show]]'':
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Eddie and Dr Scott are frequently played by the same actor. The [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow film]], which casts two different actors in the roles, is a rare aversion of this. Likewise, the this.
** The
Usherette who sings "Science Fiction Double Feature" is often played by the actress who portrays Magenta or Colombia.



* The Teen Angel and Johnny Casino in ''{{Grease}}'' 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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* ''{{Grease}}'':
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The Teen Angel and Johnny Casino in ''{{Grease}}'' 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.



* Creator/HankAzaria originated the role of Lancelot in ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}''. Ever since then, despite the fact that Lancelot is described as "big and strong and hot" and was originally played on film by the very tall and handsome Creator/JohnCleese, Lancelot's actor tends to be extremely small compared to his fellow knights. This could be attributed to the fact that Lancelot's actor also has to play three extremely hammy and heavily-accented side characters, and being able to do that is more important than matching Lancelot's physical description, but doesn't quite explain why the actor must always be so shrimpy.

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* Creator/HankAzaria originated the role of Lancelot in ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}''. Ever since then, despite the fact that Lancelot is described as "big and strong and hot" and was originally played on film by the very tall and handsome Creator/JohnCleese, Lancelot's actor tends to be extremely small compared to his fellow knights. This could be attributed to the fact that Lancelot's actor also has to play three extremely hammy and heavily-accented side characters, and being able to do that is more important than matching Lancelot's physical description, but doesn't quite explain why the actor must always be so shrimpy.short.
12th Apr '16 2:04:28 AM major-kumquat
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** The title character's OneLiner when he triumphantly holds out his razor is, according to the script: "My right arm is complete again!" So why is it usually performed and remembered as, "At last my arm is complete again"? Len Cariou of the original Broadway cast was left-handed.



** The only notable aversion to this in ''Rent'' is Angel. the role was originated by Wilson Jermaine Heredia, who's Dominican; later Angels have included Jose Llana (Filipino) and Telly Leung (Chinese), and the original understudy, Darius De Haas, is black.

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** The only notable aversion to this in ''Rent'' is Angel. the The role was originated by Wilson Jermaine Heredia, who's Dominican; later Angels have included Jose Llana (Filipino) and Telly Leung (Chinese), and the original understudy, Darius De Haas, is black.



* In ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', the title character's OneLiner when he triumphantly holds out his razor is, according to the script: "My right arm is complete again!" So why is it usually performed and remembered as, "At last my arm is complete again"? Len Cariou of the original Broadway cast was left-handed.
5th Apr '16 8:49:16 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', the title character's OneLiner when he triumphantly holds out his razor is, according to the script: "My right arm is complete again!" So why is it usually performed and remembered as, "At last my arm is complete again"? Len Cariou of the original Broadway cast was left-handed.
2nd Apr '16 10:49:11 PM Prfnoff
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* Inverted with ''{{Pippin}}''. The Leading Player was originally played on Broadway by Ben Vereen. However, there really is no typical image of the Leading Player, and 'he' is as often a 'she' as not, and of all different ethnicities, body types, and ages (as long as he/she is older than Pippin). The only stereotype of this role is that it's hardly ever played by a white male.

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* Inverted with ''{{Pippin}}''.''Theatre/{{Pippin}}''. The Leading Player was originally played on Broadway by Ben Vereen. However, there really is no typical image of the Leading Player, and 'he' is as often a 'she' as not, and of all different ethnicities, body types, and ages (as long as he/she is older than Pippin). The only stereotype of this role is that it's hardly ever played by a white male.



* 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', ''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.
2nd Apr '16 10:47:52 PM Prfnoff
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* Hank Azaria originated the role of Lancelot in ''{{Theatre/Spamalot}}''. Ever since then, despite the fact that Lancelot is described as "big and strong and hot" and was originally played on film by the very tall and handsome John Cleese, Lancelot's actor tends to be extremely small compared to his fellow knights. This could be attributed to the fact that Lancelot's actor also has to play three extremely hammy and heavily-accented side characters, and being able to do that is more important than matching Lancelot's physical description, but doesn't quite explain why the actor must always be so shrimpy.
* In ''Musical/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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* Hank Azaria Creator/HankAzaria originated the role of Lancelot in ''{{Theatre/Spamalot}}''. ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}''. Ever since then, despite the fact that Lancelot is described as "big and strong and hot" and was originally played on film by the very tall and handsome John Cleese, Creator/JohnCleese, Lancelot's actor tends to be extremely small compared to his fellow knights. This could be attributed to the fact that Lancelot's actor also has to play three extremely hammy and heavily-accented side characters, and being able to do that is more important than matching Lancelot's physical description, but doesn't quite explain why the actor must always be so shrimpy.
* In ''Musical/AvenueQ', ''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.
23rd Mar '16 9:37:32 AM Baby_Moondancer
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* In productions of ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', Abigail Adams nearly always wears blue and Martha Jefferson nearly always wears pink.
25th Feb '16 2:31:07 AM MoonByte
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* In ''Musical/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.
27th Dec '15 9:40:20 PM dsneybuf
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* ''TheWiz'' (an adaptation of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'') was originally staged with an all-black cast, and the movie version and many subsequent productions have followed suit. However, perhaps since race is not an in-story issue, it's not uncommon to see colorblind stagings, especially on the amateur level.

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* ''TheWiz'' ''Theatre/TheWiz'' (an adaptation of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'') was originally staged with an all-black cast, and the movie version and many subsequent productions have followed suit. However, perhaps since race is not doesn't seem like an in-story issue, issue to those who take it at face value, it's not uncommon to see colorblind stagings, especially on the amateur level.
21st Oct '15 5:07:59 PM beack7
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* Inverted with ''{{Pippin}}''. The Leading Player was originally played on Broadway by Ben Vereen. However, there really is no typical image of the Leading Player, and 'he' is as often a 'she' as not, and of all different ethnicities, body types, and ages (as long as he/she is older than Pippin). Pretty much the only stereotype of this role is that it's hardly ever played by a white male.

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* Inverted with ''{{Pippin}}''. The Leading Player was originally played on Broadway by Ben Vereen. However, there really is no typical image of the Leading Player, and 'he' is as often a 'she' as not, and of all different ethnicities, body types, and ages (as long as he/she is older than Pippin). Pretty much the The only stereotype of this role is that it's hardly ever played by a white male.



** In fact, most of the characters in ''{{Rent}}'' appear to be closely associated with the original performers. Roger tends to be a blonde, Maureen almost always appears with curly brown hair, the ethnicities of all characters tend to stay pretty much the same and, of course, the before-mentioned blond, bespectacled Mark (especially strange given that he's Jewish). This was probably exacerbated by the film version casting the majority of the original cast.

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** In fact, most of the characters in ''{{Rent}}'' appear to be closely associated with the original performers. Roger tends to be a blonde, Maureen almost always appears with curly brown hair, the ethnicities of all characters tend to stay pretty much the same and, of course, the before-mentioned blond, bespectacled Mark (especially strange given that he's Jewish). This was probably exacerbated by the film version casting the majority of the original cast.
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