Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows

After Eight
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 09:47am

In the recent thread on Company, I chanced to think of the kind of life Bobby's wife would have if he actually got married. Talk about a poor baby! Bobby, do her a favor and stay single!

Many times, after enduring some grueling opus, I find myself leaving the theatre feeling sorry for one--- or several -- of the characters most sorely served by their creators. Like the poor mother in Fun Home. Talk about having the cards stacked against you; she has the whole deck plus two jokers! No wonder she never gets to crack a smile. And poor Judy Kuhn having to play this part! She, the mother, the audience, the world---- we all deserve better.

Here are some other characters in musicals I most feel sorry for. I'd love to read other people's lists as well.

The ex-girlfriend in Once. She was lucky to have dumped that wailing whiner in the first place. Now she's duped by the con concocted by him and that pill that he missed her all along. Isn't a relationship supposed to be built upon honesty and trust? Apparently not according to "guy" and "girl."

Margie. Giving up the best years of her life for a two-timing loser.

Georgio. No explanation needed.

Sweeney Todd's victims.
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 09:54am
Mary in Merrily We Roll Along.
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best12bars
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/05
Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 10:00am
Nancy in Oliver!
Harry Beaton
The Beggar Woman
Tobias
Elphaba
Kim in Miss Saigon
Grizabella
Tup Tim
The Edies in Grey Gardens
Coalhouse Walker
Sarah
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tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 10:12am
As I was making my list I realized it was almost identical to besty's.

So all of those, plus

Everyone in Les Miz
....but the world goes 'round
artscallion
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joined:5/15/07
Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 10:13am
I've always felt bad for Jud in Oklahoma!
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tazber
Broadway Legend
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 10:17am
The cast of Spiderman
....but the world goes 'round
best12bars
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 10:24am
I feel bad for Jud in Oklahoma! until he tries to burn Laurey and Curly alive in their house.

Then not so much.

Same thing with the Phantom ... I feel sorry for him until he starts killing people.

Same thing with Sweeney actually.
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GlindatheGood22
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joined:7/17/07
Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 10:46am
Miss Honey
Sarah
Evelyn Nesbit
Mary Phagan
Mrs. Phagan
I leave the room smiling.
VeraCharles3
Stand-by
joined:8/4/10
Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 10:48am
Like tazber, my list is similar to Bestie's - I will add Julie from Show Boat
Wynbish
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 10:56am
I feel sorry for both Kim and Ellen in Miss Saigon

LMcC95
Chorus Member
joined:7/17/13
Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 11:01am
I feel bad for all the characters in Gypsy including Mama Rose. All the characters has hopes and dreams that do not come true. It is a sad story but a lot of their problems are caused by their own faults. But Mama is a person who does care about her daughters but does not know how to show it.
Mr Roxy
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 11:20am
Dr Henry Jekyll
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SNAFU
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 11:24am
"The cast of Spiderman" made me LOL Taz! Thank-you!
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IAMWHATIAM
Broadway Star
joined:1/31/06
Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 11:26am
Paul in A Chorus Line just breaks my heart.
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Deena Jones
Broadway Legend
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 11:32am
Eponine
WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 11:45am
Rose Stopnick
Sarah and Coalhouse
Queen and Sonja
Queenie
Daisy and Violet Hilton
Julie Jordan
Fosca
Marie: Don't be in such a hurry about that pretty little chippy in Frisco. Tony: Eh, she's a no chip!
ljay889
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 11:47am
Sally Durant Plummer
#sadandtransparent
hanschens
Stand-by
joined:6/9/13
Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 11:56am
I've always felt bad for Charley in Merrily
N2N Nate.
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 11:56am
The MC in Cabaret.
Sally in Cabaret
Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret
Lucy the Slut in AQ
Michael in Billy Elliot.
Elder McKinley in Book of Mormon.
Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde
All the Dancers who didn't get the part in A chorus Line
All the Villagers in Fiddler on the Roof
Mama Rose in Gypsy
Everyone in Next to Normal
The Witch in Into the woods.
Fantine in Les Mis
Eponine in Les Mis
Javert in Les Mis
Audrey in LSH.
Norma Desmond in Sunset
Everyone in WSS.
Elphaba and Glinda in Wicked.
So Lauren Bacall me, anything goes! *wink*
Brian07663NJ
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joined:6/21/06
Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 12:39pm
Elphaba
Phantom
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MCfan2
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 03:07pm
Arthur in Camelot.
E.Davis
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 03:56pm
How can you feel bad for all those characters in Cabaret but not Herr Schultz? Also I feel no sympathy for Sally what so ever.
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Mark-o
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 04:02pm
Sandy the dog for being in that TERRIBLE Annie musical.
Sutton Ross
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 04:03pm
The mermaid in Big Fish....
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EVIE
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 05:01pm
Amos in Chicago
Idiot
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Characters You Feel Sorry for in Shows
Posted: 11/7/13 at 07:31pm
Peron's Mistress in EVITA. Kills me every time, even though I know she'll get by -- she always has before.

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