monologues from musicals

Sinfonia2001
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monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/15/11 at 04:47pm
Any good monologues for men that come from musicsls, not plays?
. . .but forward is calling and I cannot stay here.
qolbinau
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joined:6/29/08
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/15/11 at 04:49pm
That great one from ASSASSINS....Samuel Byck's one.
Updated On: 12/15/11 at 04:49 PM
EricMontreal22
Broadway Legend
joined:10/31/11
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/15/11 at 06:25pm
I was going to mention Assassins too.

the obvious one is Paul's from A Chorus Line
SeanMartin
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monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/16/11 at 11:59am
Arthur's in the first scene of CAMELOT.
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3bluenight
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joined:8/10/11
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/16/11 at 12:32pm
The Reciter from Pacific Overtures tells a very funny story, The Tale of the Courageous King.

There may be a piece in Passion, D. Tambouri might have dialogue that can be cut into a monologue.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown had a couple of pieces that also could make decent pieces.

Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Runaways all may have pieces that could work.
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Kad
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joined:11/5/05
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/16/11 at 01:05pm
There is a monologue from Sunday in the Park with George that, although in the published libretto, is cut from the production. It's right after "It's Hot Up Here".
WOSQ
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joined:7/18/03
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/16/11 at 01:26pm
The Boy in The Fantasticks.

But, and this is a big "but", most monologues in musicals are songs.
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PattiLover
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joined:2/20/04
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/16/11 at 01:29pm
April's butterful monologue from Company. May be a little overdone though, but it is wonderful.
ghostlight2
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joined:12/5/04
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/16/11 at 02:26pm
I almost made your mistake too, PattiLover. I was going to say Roxie, but neither April or Roxie are men (reread OP's request).

All the guys in ACL have good monologues, and Boyd Gaine's character in CONTACT has a short one at the top of the act.
peerrjb
Featured Actor
joined:7/7/09
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/16/11 at 02:54pm
The comment re monologues in musicals are songs is most apt.

That said, BOBBY's monologue about the date with the girl in the motel is a fun one. It's right after April's "Butterfly" monologue....though quite short. And if memory serves, doesn't "Arthur" have a monologue (of sorts) at the end of Act One in CAMELOT?

THAT said, you might look over some songs which are more word-centric than melody-centric, and see if you can make it work without the singing. Some classic plays are in verse, so it's possible to disconnect the music and have something you can act without the tune. "Adam"s song "EVE" in "The Apple Tree" works well this way, actually. (If nothing else, it's an EXCELLENT exercise in interpretation, and I've used it many times as an actor.)

Good luck!
henrikegerman
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joined:4/29/05
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/16/11 at 03:23pm
1776!
xxdrewboy85xx
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joined:5/17/07
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/16/11 at 04:06pm
There's a good guys monologue in IS THERE LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? It has some good material and it is a relatively unknown musical.

Updated On: 12/16/11 at 04:06 PM
Sinfonia2001
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monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/16/11 at 07:43pm
Wow. Thank you so much for all your help! I appreciate your responses!
. . .but forward is calling and I cannot stay here.
Musical Director 109
Understudy
joined:3/14/09
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/17/11 at 08:21am
Arthur's end of Act One from "Camelot". If done well it makes me cry everytime I hear it performed.
henrikegerman
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monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/18/11 at 01:51pm
I think we forgot one of the best known. Cornelius's from HELLO DOLLY, which is perhaps word for word the same as his famous monologue from The Matchmaker. O very close to it.
Owen22
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joined:2/24/11
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/18/11 at 02:36pm
Ted and Phil have some hilarious and some heartbreaking monologues in "Three Guys Naked From the Waist Down", the great, short-lived off-Broadway musical that gave us Scott Bakula.
ghostlight2
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monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/18/11 at 03:12pm
Whoa, good one, Owen 22!

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marcslope
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joined:11/2/11
monologues from musicals
Posted: 12/19/11 at 08:35pm
The finale to Ben Franklin in Paris. Honest. All spoken, and quite moving. Hear it on the OBC.

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