Favorite Character Personality Transformations

Littleshopofcarrie
Featured Actor
joined:12/9/12
What are some of your favorite personality transformations?

Mine would have to be Evita. In the beginning of the show she's a powerless individual living in poverty and by the end she's one of the most powerful women in Argentina.
darquegk
Broadway Legend
joined:2/5/09
That's just a change of circumstances. Eva has an interesting personality transformation as well, from a small-time grifter well aware that she is just using people to a power-addled woman convinced that she really IS as good as the world sees her.

My favorite personality transformation in a musical character would be Pinkerton in "The Wall," who moves from young idealist to desensitized, drug addled rock star to raging, delusional sociopath... all before the final moments tear down his emotional walls and force him to realize the shambles his life has become.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Norma Desmond. From beautiful Hollywood movie star, confident in her talent, to insecure, dementia recluse.
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darquegk
Broadway Legend
joined:2/5/09
Ditto the above, with minor changes in wording, for "Grey Gardens."
Queen of the Night
Stand-by
joined:6/12/07
Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. I love how they both go from bitter, angry and self-absorbed to lovable characters through the act of loving someone and being loved. I think the changes in Glinda and Elphaba over the course of the show in Wicked are also rather interesting.
steven22
Broadway Legend
joined:5/19/06
Elphaba if there's a good actress portraying her...her transformation from the start of the show to mid 2nd act
Littleshopofcarrie
Featured Actor
joined:12/9/12
I'd like to add Louise in Gypsy. She starts out as an ignored, talentless little girl in the beginning and turns into one of the highest paid strippers in the business who acts like they're on top of the world.
Brave Sir Robin2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/07
Mother in "Ragtime" finding her strength and independence is always a favorite of mine.
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Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Effie in Dreamgirls. She goes from allowing people to abuse her talent to "this is my lawyer and he wants to talk to you."
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followspot
Broadway Star
joined:12/27/11
The Sound of Music, when Maria transforms from a joyful free spirit into a sullen wife and stepmother.

"Tracy... Hold Mama's waffles."
Updated On: 12/23/13 at 05:59 PM
promisespromises2
Featured Actor
joined:5/23/13
I'll never forget Louise Dearman's transformation of first act Elphaba to second act in Wicked on the West End. I've seen three Elphabas (Hayley Gallivan and Lindsay Mendez) and never have I seen the transformation that you are supposed to see like Louise's.

I weirdly love Fanny Brice's transformation in Funny Girl. And every character's transformation from Into the Woods.
jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
Maybe I'm biased because of the author's note included in the program, but Neil LaBute's REASONS TO BE PRETTY has one of my favorite character arcs in Greg, the main character.

It felt not just like a man growing and maturing, but a playwright growing and maturing along with him. Though it remains to be seen as LaBute continues to write, PRETTY is by far my favorite of his texts.
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Visceral_Fella
Broadway Star
joined:1/18/12
To echo, I'd say Louise in Gypsy, and Mother in Ragtime.
degrassifan
Broadway Legend
joined:1/23/08
The Sound of Music. Maria's transformation from outspoken and carefree postulant & governess to mature and subservient wife/Baroness & stepmother is quite interesting.
madbrian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/1/06
Tevye
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henrikegerman
Broadway Legend
joined:4/29/05
Hands down, Wanda in Venus in Fur!
CarlosAlberto
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/10
Sandy Dumbrowski from sweet virginal high school student to leather jacket wearing trollop in GREASE.