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Julia Houston (Debra Messing)
Derek Wills (Jack Davenport)
"No matter what happens next don't ever doubt you are a star."
Karen Cartwright (Katherine McPhee)
Tom Levitt (Christian Borle)
Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty)
- Alpha Bitch: Ivy behaves like this towards Karen by being rude to her or passive aggressively trying to get her thrown out of the workshop. She gets a little better.
- Blondes are Evil: The show quite obviously pushes Karen as 'good' and Ivy as 'bad.'
Sam Strickland (Leslie Odom Jr.)
- Straight Gay: He doesn't want to have to wear a label, but his massive love for sports and lack of any stereotypical gay mannerisms make Michael Swift comment that, if he wants to get a date with anybody, he might literally have to.
- Twofer Token Minority: Subverted, as he's both gay and black but he's also a big sports fan and a regular churchgoer, two traits not often found among actors/dancers. The actor who plays him downplays his sexuality in interviews, saying it shouldn't matter.
Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan)
Kyle Bishop (Andy Mientus)
Ana Vargas (Krysta Rodriguez)
- Jerk Ass: Ellis, what with his constant squabbling with Julia and poisoning Rebecca Duval in an attempt to put Ivy in the role of Marilyn.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Towards Tom, Derek, and Eileen.
- The Scrappy: Ellis, for Julia in-universe.
- And for many fans as well.
Frank Houston (Brian D'arcy James)
Michael Swift (Will Chase)