Shows without a villain?

Littleshopofcarrie
Featured Actor
joined:12/9/12
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 05:04pm
Can anyone name some shows that don't have a villain in them?
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 05:25pm
I suppose that depends on your definition of villian. All antogonists are not villians. And do you only mean HUMAN villians?

Once
Bare
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Bye Bye Birdie
A Chorus Line
Company
Hello, Dolly
Legally Blonde
One Man, Two Guvenors
Sunday in the Park with George
Title of Show


Just to name a few.

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Visceral_Fella
Broadway Star
joined:1/18/12
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 05:31pm
I would consider Callahan a villain in Legally Blonde.
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 05:38pm
Yes, true -- she is her own biggest obstacle, however.
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Visceral_Fella
Broadway Star
joined:1/18/12
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 05:40pm
That's true.
Musicaldudepeter
Broadway Star
joined:3/18/10
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 06:45pm
To me, Vandergelder and Joanne would the 'villain' types in Dolly and Company respectively... For they both carry the more negative energy... Also Warner and Vivienne in Legally Blonde
Updated On: 12/15/13 at 06:45 PM
Mr. Nowak
Featured Actor
joined:5/20/13
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 06:58pm
For some reason BELLS ARE RINGING was the first to pop into my head.

"she is her own biggest obstacle, however"

That should be the show's tagline
jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 07:05pm
Actually, I'd argue the number of shows that don't have a villain exceeds the number of shows that do, though I don't particularly care to try and figure that out definitively.

I'll just postulate a probably controversial one: ASSASSINS doesn't have a villain. Have at me.
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Bettyboy72
Broadway Legend
joined:3/31/06
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 07:11pm
I think most musicals (other than the 'fairy tale' type) dont have villians per se, but rather show the light and dark in the characters. Even the 'villains' are meant to be understood as humans who are complex and acting based on their own experiences. Grey Gardens has no villains but Big Edie could be viewed as an obstacle to Little Edie, but we love her and understand her motivations.
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Littleshopofcarrie
Featured Actor
joined:12/9/12
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 07:12pm
"Also Warner and Vivienne in Legally Blonde"

Vivienne isn't really a villain considering she helps Elle in the end.
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 07:16pm
breaking up with someone constitutes being a villian?
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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 07:29pm
When I think "villain" I think mostly children's musicals. (Or musicals aimed at children.) The Trunchbull, Jafar, Ursula, Miss Hannigan, et al.

Comedies notwithstanding, most musicals don't have villains. It's not as crude as that. I guess if I was going to argue with myself I could say that the Baroness, Ernst (Cabaret), and Gabe Goodman are villains. Exceptions to every rule, but I'd argue that most antagonists in "serious" musicals don't fall into the Villain category of musical comedies.
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Littleshopofcarrie
Featured Actor
joined:12/9/12
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 07:37pm
"breaking up with someone constitutes being a villain?"

No, he, Vivienne and many others constantly remind Elle that she's no more than a dumb blonde.
Matt1
Stand-by
joined:5/10/13
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 08:13pm
Billy Elliot and Next to Normal have family conflict but not a villain.
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 08:22pm
The Producers
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broadway guy2
Chorus Member
joined:12/15/13
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 08:26pm
Sunset Boulevard
EVITA
Into The Woods
Funny Girl
Avenue Q
My Fair Lady
Joseph and the amazing Blah Blah Blah
Chicago?
Mamma Mia
Company
Grease
Drowsy Chaperone
Mary Poppins
Godspell
Music Man
The Producers
Rent
Spamalot
Your A good man Charlie Brown
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 09:20pm
What about the Black Knight in Spamalot being a villain?
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dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 09:22pm
Or mental illness being a pretty big villain in N2N?

Which is why I asked what the OP meant by "villain".
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jonartdesigns
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/04
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 09:47pm
Into the woods has several villains, most notably the wolf (and debatably the witch and the giant)
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broadway guy2
Chorus Member
joined:12/15/13
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/15/13 at 10:59pm
Ask a Wolf's Mother.
Wynbish
Broadway Legend
joined:4/27/12
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/16/13 at 12:11am
Oh, Jesus
Fan123
Understudy
joined:8/30/08
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/16/13 at 06:26am
What about shows that need a villain and don't have one, or only have an inadequate one? Judging from the cast recording, IN THE HEIGHTS doesn't have a villain. Maybe I'm just sour, but I have some vague sense that it could benefit from a villain. Everyone seems a little too nice.
In THE MUSIC MAN, I'd like to see some stronger obstacles thrown Harold Hill's way; not necessarily a stronger villain, but something that makes you at least wonder for half a second whether he'll succeed in the end.
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/16/13 at 06:52am
There are three conflicts in life:
Man v Man
Man v. Self
Man v. Nature

There doesn't need to be a villain to make a story work.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
Shows without a villain?
Posted: 12/16/13 at 06:55am
^^^
Correct.

All you need is some type of conflict for the protagonist.

....but the world goes 'round