The Same Role in Different Shows

somethingwicked
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 12:57am
I was looking over Anne Nathan's credits the other day and saw that she played Emma Goldman in both the ASSASSINS revival and RAGTIME (where she was the understudy in the original cast).

Has anyone else ever played the same role on Broadway in two completely different shows?
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
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The Other One
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 08:18am
Yes. Offhand:
Jason Robards and Kevin Spacey each played Jamie Tyrone in both "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "A Moon For The Misbegotten".

Matthew Broderick played Eugene Morris Jerome in both "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Biloxi Blues".

Raynor Schein played Rutherford Selig in "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" and "Gem of the Ocean".

Chita Rivera played Rosie in both "Bye Bye Birdie" and its sequel "Bring Back Birdie".

Updated On: 11/2/13 at 08:18 AM
best12bars
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 08:33am
Stephen Spinella has the distinction of being the only actor to win two Tonys for playing the same role in two plays.
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The Other One
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 09:07am
I've always been a little cynical about that distinction, best12, because when I saw "Angels" prior to its NY opening it was still being treated as one play.

But you are technically right, and in that case the entire casts (Stephen Spinella, Joe Mantello, Marcia Gay Harden, David Marshall Grant, Jeffrey Wright, Kathleen Chalfant, Ellen McLaughlin and Ron Leibman) of "Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika" played the same roles in two plays. Ditto their replacements (including Cynthia Nixon, Cherry Jones and F. Murray Abraham) and the cast of the Signature revival (Christian Borle, Zachary Quinto, Billy Porter, Frank Wood, Robin Bartlett, Robin Weigert, Bill Heck and Zoe Kazan).

Updated On: 11/2/13 at 09:07 AM
After Eight
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 09:39am
Howard Lindsay and Dorothy Stickney played the same roles in both Life With Father and Life With Mother.
somethingwicked
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 12:26pm
To be a little more clear, I meant the same actor playing the same role in two shows written by different people.

Most of the examples being mentioned are in sequels or companion pieces, but what Nathan accomplished is much more rare.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Mattbrain
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 12:38pm
Ken Howard played Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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dramamama611
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 12:53pm
Is it more rare? Sure, but I'm not seeing how it's an accomplishment. I can't see how that many folks would be striving to play the same role in more than one production.
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The Other One
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 01:04pm
You're talking about historical characters. I don't know of many examples of this on stage, but Peter O'Toole playing King Henry in the screen versions of both BECKET and THE LION IN WINTER does come to mind.
LizzieCurry
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 01:19pm
A good number of people have played the Phantom in both the Yeston/Kopit and ALW Phantoms. (Christine as well.)
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jonartdesigns
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 02:17pm
William Daniels played John Adams in 1776, and in the tv movie The Rebels.
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South Fl Marc
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 04:00pm
Shuler Hensley did the Frankenstein Monster in both the film "Van Helsing" and the musical "Young Frankenstein"

Frank Langella did Sherlock Holmes for both the William Gilette play and the spinoff play "Sherlock's Last Case" on Broadway.
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henrikegerman
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/2/13 at 04:06pm
"Is it more rare? Sure, but I'm not seeing how it's an accomplishment. I can't see how that many folks would be striving to play the same role in more than one production."

O'Toole's Henry II in both Becket and Lion in Winter were certainly an accomplishment.

And the same can be said for Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth R and Mary Queen of Scots.

And I wouldn't be surprised if Helen Mirren's Elizabeth II in The Queen and The Audience is also an accomplishment, although I've only seen her in the first, in that it is the same author.
Updated On: 11/2/13 at 04:06 PM
After Eight
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Posted: 11/3/13 at 12:42am
Vivien Leigh played Cleopatra in both Caesar and Cleopatra and Antony and Cleopatra.

Eli Mintz played Uncle David in both Me and Molly and the musical, Molly.

Updated On: 11/3/13 at 12:42 AM
justoldbill
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/3/13 at 04:08pm
On screen, Bette Davis played Elizabeth I in both ELIZABETH AND ESSEX and THE VIRGIN QUEEN. Also, Anthony Quinn and Lilia Skala played Zorba and Hortense in both the film, ZORBA THE GREEK, and the later musical adaptation, ZORBA (different enough to qualify set guidelines).
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Updated On: 11/3/13 at 04:08 PM
dramamama611
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Posted: 11/3/13 at 06:22pm
Henrik -- What exactly is the accomplishment? Performing the same character in different productions, or the quality of each individual performance? I would guess it's the latter...which is different than to what, I assume, the OP referred.
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GavestonPS
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/3/13 at 07:14pm
Does anyone remember anyone doing Falstaff in MERRY WIVES and HENRY IV in rep? Orson Welles, maybe? IBDB doesn't show much detail for productions of the former, so I may be thinking of London rather than Broadway, but this rings a bell for me.
justoldbill
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The Same Role in Different Shows
Posted: 11/3/13 at 08:12pm
John McMartin has played the male lead in both dramatic and musical versions of THE VISIT. His performance in the New Phoenix Rep production opposite Rachel Roberts was one of the most harrowing and brilliant performances I've ever seen.
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