History OneSceneWonder / Theatre

8th Jun '18 10:03:34 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* [[BlindSeer Tiresias]] from ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'' may be the UrExample. He gets exactly one scene near the end of the play, during which time he delivers an incredibly ominous, creepy monologue about the doom that Creon has brought upon Thebes, expertly deconstructs [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech how badly Creon has screwed things up]], insults him ''to his face'', and walks offstage [[RefugeInAudacity suffering no repercussions whatsoever.]] Not only that, but he's one of the only people [[KillEmAll still alive]] at the end.
5th Mar '18 12:38:26 PM CosmicFerret
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* Richard Henry Lee's biggest contribution to American independence was proposing it to the continental congress, before he had to leave. This means the character based on him in ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' had a small role. Nonetheless, his character and song "The Lees of Old Virginia" were memorable enough to win a Tony for actor Ron Holgate.

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* Richard Henry Lee's biggest contribution to American independence was proposing it to the continental congress, before he had to leave. This means the character based on him in ''[[SeventeenSeventySix ''[[Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' had a small role. Nonetheless, his character and song "The Lees of Old Virginia" were memorable enough to win a Tony for actor Ron Holgate.
22nd Feb '18 6:40:38 PM nombretomado
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* Wolfram von Eschenbach from ''Tannhaüser'' by Creator/RichardWagner is mainly in the opera to act as MrExposition and foil to the title character - oh, and to sing THE big, showstopping Wagner aria: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdjKH5u9urc "O Du mein holder Abendstern"]].

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* Wolfram von Eschenbach from ''Tannhaüser'' by Creator/RichardWagner Music/RichardWagner is mainly in the opera to act as MrExposition and foil to the title character - oh, and to sing THE big, showstopping Wagner aria: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdjKH5u9urc "O Du mein holder Abendstern"]].
21st May '17 5:36:36 PM jtierney50
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** Piragua Guy of ''Theatre/InTheHeights''. He gets two entire solo songs to himself, and yet does not interact with the main cast in any significant way, except for trying to sell them a piragua. Sure, he's in the background of some songs, and gets single lines here and there in them (in "Breathe", "96,000", "Blackout", "Carnival Del Barrio", and "Finale", for example), but he doesn't actually ''do'' anything.
** Like the above example, King George III of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' shows up partway through Act I to sing "You'll Be Back". He then reappears near the end of Act I for a quick reprise, and again halfway through Act II for another. Aside from a brief appearance in "The Reynolds Pamphlet" for some reason, he does not appear in the rest of the show or interact with the rest of the cast in any significant way. He likely isn't even aware of the existence of Alexander Hamilton, the ''main character'', until partway through Act II.



* One of the most well-known songs from ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' is "You'll Be Back", which is sung by King George III, who only reappears to do reprises of the song. Aside from a brief appearance in "The Reynolds Pamphlet" for some reason, he does not appear in the rest of the show or interact with the rest of the cast in any significant way. He likely isn't even aware of the existence of Alexander Hamilton, the ''main character'', until partway through Act II.
21st May '17 5:32:05 PM jtierney50
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* One of the most well-known songs from ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' is "You'll Be Back", which is sung by King George III, who only reappears to do reprises of the song. Aside from a brief appearance in "The Reynolds Pamphlet" for some reason, he does not appear in the rest of the show or interact with the rest of the cast in any significant way. He likely isn't even aware of the existence of Alexander Hamilton, the ''main character'', until partway through Act II.
20th Feb '17 8:54:16 PM PaulA
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* ''Theatre/The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' has the moment where [[spoiler:JESUS himself]] comes down to give advice to one of the children in their time of need.

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* ''Theatre/The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' ''Theatre/TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' has the moment where [[spoiler:JESUS himself]] comes down to give advice to one of the children in their time of need.
27th Nov '16 12:47:55 AM Morgenthaler
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** Richard Henry Lee from ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' would not technically qualify, due to having a little more to do than just that one scene and number. The embodiment of this trope, however, is Martha Jefferson. An actress who played Martha in a local production put it something like this: "I get to go on, make out with a handsome man for a little while, have a cute little scene, belt out a show-stopping song and chill backstage the whole rest of the time. That's a great gig."

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** Richard Henry Lee from ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'' would not technically qualify, due to having a little more to do than just that one scene and number. The embodiment of this trope, however, is Martha Jefferson. An actress who played Martha in a local production put it something like this: "I get to go on, make out with a handsome man for a little while, have a cute little scene, belt out a show-stopping song and chill backstage the whole rest of the time. That's a great gig."



* Herbert in ''TanzDerVampire''. He has ''one line'' in the first act, appears wordlessly (except for some singing over a backing chorus) in the second scene of the second act, proceeds to have a showcase song/scene full of HoYay with the hero that is generally regarded as one of the funniest (or sexiest, [[YaoiFangirl if you like that sort of thing]]) parts of the whole show a few scenes later, and then is demoted to harmonizing on two lines with his father at the ball and with Magda in the finale, and yet he is probably at least the second- if not THE- most popular character in the show, with one reviewer commenting that it's hard not to squee when he shows up, ''even if you don't like the actor playing him''. The actor doesn't even double in the ensemble scenes before Herbert's entrance.

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* Herbert in ''TanzDerVampire''.''Theatre/TanzDerVampire''. He has ''one line'' in the first act, appears wordlessly (except for some singing over a backing chorus) in the second scene of the second act, proceeds to have a showcase song/scene full of HoYay with the hero that is generally regarded as one of the funniest (or sexiest, [[YaoiFangirl if you like that sort of thing]]) parts of the whole show a few scenes later, and then is demoted to harmonizing on two lines with his father at the ball and with Magda in the finale, and yet he is probably at least the second- if not THE- most popular character in the show, with one reviewer commenting that it's hard not to squee when he shows up, ''even if you don't like the actor playing him''. The actor doesn't even double in the ensemble scenes before Herbert's entrance.



* The goose from ''WarHorse''. Although mostly PlayedForLaughs, it's still one of the brilliant puppets used in the show and gets its own round of applause at the curtain call.

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* The goose from ''WarHorse''.''Theatre/WarHorse''. Although mostly PlayedForLaughs, it's still one of the brilliant puppets used in the show and gets its own round of applause at the curtain call.



* ''The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' has the moment where [[spoiler:JESUS himself]] comes down to give advice to one of the children in their time of need.
* Pretty much any of the numbers from {{Cats}} count, with the exception of those involving [[TheWoobie Grizzabella]].

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* ''The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' ''Theatre/The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' has the moment where [[spoiler:JESUS himself]] comes down to give advice to one of the children in their time of need.
* Pretty much any of the numbers from {{Cats}} Theatre/{{Cats}} count, with the exception of those involving [[TheWoobie Grizzabella]].



* Wolfram von Eschenbach from ''Tannhaüser'' by RichardWagner is mainly in the opera to act as MrExposition and foil to the title character - oh, and to sing THE big, showstopping Wagner aria: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdjKH5u9urc "O Du mein holder Abendstern"]].

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* Wolfram von Eschenbach from ''Tannhaüser'' by RichardWagner Creator/RichardWagner is mainly in the opera to act as MrExposition and foil to the title character - oh, and to sing THE big, showstopping Wagner aria: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdjKH5u9urc "O Du mein holder Abendstern"]].
9th Nov '16 10:24:53 AM nombretomado
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** King Herod in ''JesusChristSuperstar''.

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** King Herod in ''JesusChristSuperstar''.''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar''.
29th Oct '16 10:01:56 AM nombretomado
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** The Teen Angel in ''{{Grease}}''. In Broadway and touring productions, StuntCasting is often used for this role (the 2009 U.S. tour cast Taylor Hicks from ''Series/AmericanIdol'', for example); Frankie Avalon played him in the movie version.

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** The Teen Angel in ''{{Grease}}''.''Theatre/{{Grease}}''. In Broadway and touring productions, StuntCasting is often used for this role (the 2009 U.S. tour cast Taylor Hicks from ''Series/AmericanIdol'', for example); Frankie Avalon played him in the movie version.
25th Sep '15 7:56:21 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In 1956, Julie Newmar's career was launched when she became an overnight sensation by playing Stupefyin' Jones, a small role with no dialogue, in the Broadway production of ''Theatre/LilAbner'' (and later [[Film/LilAbner the film adaptation]])
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