Favorite theatre villian?

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Favorite theatre villian?#26
Posted: 4/3/11 at 11:12pm
I don't know if he really counts, but since he represents the closest thing to a main antagonist in the show, I'd say Gabe from next to normal.
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Favorite theatre villian?#27
Posted: 4/3/11 at 11:20pm
Gabe is who drives Diana to the point of breaking, which results in the domestic conflicts and problems.
Indirectly, yes, Gabe can be the villain of NEXT TO NORMAL.
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Favorite theatre villian?#28
Posted: 4/4/11 at 12:02am
Michael Riedel. (Self-proclaimed, anyway.)
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Favorite theatre villian?#29
Posted: 4/4/11 at 12:41am
Richard III
IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...
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Favorite theatre villian?#30
Posted: 4/4/11 at 11:14am
Fran and Barry
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Favorite theatre villian?#31
Posted: 4/4/11 at 11:57am
Some excellent responses...and some extremely funny ones too (Julie Taymor, Barry & Fran), but for me-

Ralph Nickleby- the uncle from The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is the perfect example of pure evil.
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Favorite theatre villian?#32
Posted: 4/4/11 at 12:01pm
Iago
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Favorite theatre villian?#33
Posted: 4/4/11 at 12:05pm
On second thought...CHARLIE SHEEN!
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Favorite theatre villian?#34
Posted: 4/4/11 at 12:11pm
Caldwell B. Cladwell - URINETOWN
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Favorite theatre villian?#35
Posted: 4/4/11 at 12:55pm
Hands down for me Iago.
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Favorite theatre villian?#36
Posted: 4/4/11 at 1:00pm
Richard III and Captain Hook are favourites to play and watch.
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Favorite theatre villian?#37
Posted: 4/4/11 at 1:45pm
Charlotte St. Martin, hands down. Broadway's own Dolores Umbridge.
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Favorite theatre villian?#38
Posted: 4/4/11 at 3:32pm
It's Iago and Ralph Nickleby for me. I wish musical theater had villains as delightfully despicable as that.
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Favorite theatre villian?#39
Posted: 4/4/11 at 5:38pm
Mrs Danvers - REBECCA
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Favorite theatre villian?#40
Posted: 4/4/11 at 5:59pm
According to dictionary.com:
VILLAIN
–noun
1.
a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel.
2.
a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot.

According to both definitions, both Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett are villains, as are Judge Turpin AND the Beadle. Note, though, there is nothing to say that the villain can't be a protagonist, which Sweeney clearly is.

I would argue, however, the witch in Into the Woods DOES NOT meet these definitions for villainy. She is NOT cruelly malicious and devoted to wickedness. Whatever malice she does (locking Rapunzel in the tower, banishing the prince) are not because of her devotion to wickedness (as Sweeney and Lovett's pies are) but rather motivated by much more specific goals.
Even her spell when she hurts people isn't really wicked in intent because it's so minor.

According to the definition, the only character in Into the Woods I can even see as a villain would be Cinderella's step-mother and sisters...
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Favorite theatre villian?#41
Posted: 4/4/11 at 10:46pm
Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), Scar (The Lion King), Lord Farquaad (Shrek the Musical), and Madame Morrible (Wicked).
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Favorite theatre villian?#42
Posted: 4/4/11 at 10:56pm
I am surprised that no one has noted that Patti is spelled with an i and not a y, Patti not Patty.
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Favorite theatre villian?#43
Posted: 4/4/11 at 11:02pm
Clara from PASSION.
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Favorite theatre villian?#44
Posted: 4/5/11 at 1:10am
John Doyle
IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...
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Favorite theatre villian?#45
Posted: 4/5/11 at 1:14am
Andrew Lloyd Webber!

In all seriousness, I'd have to say Iago.
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Favorite theatre villian?#46
Posted: 4/5/11 at 1:19am
I like Ismay from TITANIC and Fred Casely from CHICAGO.
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Favorite theatre villian?#47
Posted: 4/5/11 at 10:26am
i've got to say that captain hook has always been my favorite villain! he encompases everything that i think a musical theatre villian ought to. love him!
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Favorite theatre villian?#48
Posted: 4/5/11 at 3:21pm
Lots of great answers here...I would add Mrs. Meers from Thoroughly Modern Millie.
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Favorite theatre villian?#49
Posted: 4/5/11 at 3:42pm
The writers of MEMPHIS
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Favorite theatre villian?#50
Posted: 4/5/11 at 4:37pm
clap i totally agree about hitler! Mrs meers yes! reccey from our house! miss bonnie from acorn antiques

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