I think there are 2 categories of this character: those whose stage time is only limited to one song (and perhaps a scene before or after) like King Herod, and those who show up frequently in the show but are only really known for being "the role that sings [insert song]", like Jo in JLP
Dan6 said: "JDonaghy4 said: "i appreciate the point of this thread but One Song Glory seems like an odd way to kick it off- it isnt a showstopper by a minor/supporting character but is sung by the show's tortured protagonist..."Pretty sure the OP wasn't suggesting that Roger is a minor/supporting character, but rather was cleverly using a recognized Broadway title to ask a question about musical characters who achieve "glory" through "one song."One example that comes to mind for me is King George in Hamilton - he has only one song (though he sings abbreviated reprises of it twice) and is on stage for only nine minutes, yet its a show-stealing role that got Jonathan Groff a Tony nomination."Thank you, Dan! You get me. That is exactly what I was going for when I titled this thread, not literally that Roger would be included in the topic (he definitely isn't).Petra from A Little Night Music and King George are excellent examples!
ggersten said: "Doesn't Fiorello only get one song in Fiorello!?(And kudos to carnzee for the reference to Applause!)"TV Tropes calls it "One Scene Wonder," so Fiorello wouldn't exactly fit into what this conversation is. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/OneSceneWonder/Theatre
Just my opinion but Aaron Tveit singing "I'm Alive" in "Next To Normal".
I'd add another one from Waitress - "Never Getting Rid of Me" by Ogie. There's also "Shipoopi" by Marcellus in The Music Man. Tying these together, I think Christopher Fitzgerald would do a great job as Marcellus.
Gladys in Pal Joey (Zip)Bonnie in Anything Goes (Buddy Beware) - sung by Reno in the original productionAnd, as already stated, Petra in A Little Night Music - The Miller's sonFraulein Kost in Cabaret - great part but solos only in Tomorrow Belongs to MeSebastian in Coco - FiascoHerman in Sweet Charity - I Love to Cry at WeddingsJoey in The Most Happy Fella - JoeyFreddy in My Fair Lady - On the Street Where You Livetoo many to go on mentioning
Michael in the Bathroom--Be More ChillOn the Street Where You Live--My Fair LadyBabkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim--AladdinKristoff's Lullaby reprise--Frozen tour (replaces True Love)The Countess and the Common Man--AnastasiaWhat's Gonna Happen--Tootsie
yankeefan7 said: "Just my opinion but Aaron Tveit singing "I'mAlive" in "Next To Normal"."Its not a one-song role, is it?
Lillian Hayman had a showstopper to top all showstoppers in Hallelujah Baby. She won a Tony for her performance. Unlike some of these characters, she had a decently sized role, but that was her her only number.Along with Carlotta in Follies, I would think that Hattie's Broadway Baby and Stella's song (while a production number (she is the lead and the focus of Who's That Woman) fit the bill.Also, I think Glinda's solo in the Wiz, Believe, qualifies. I haven't seen it in 45 years (OMG!), but I remember her coming out at the virtual end of the show and stopping the show cold. Dee Dee Bridgewater also won a Tony for this number.I do agree re the suggestion re Marge McDougall in Promises! Promises!, but with reservations. I think Mercer won the Tony for her comic performance...the song wasn't and isn't much. I don't know why Finneran won a Tony, as she was so over-the-top for my taste.I don't agree re Bobby in Memphis or in the captain in CFA. Bobby had multiple songs. The captain may have had only one solo, but she played a role in a bunch of the CFA ensemble songs. I also don't agree re Fraulein Kost. She sings a few bars in one song. The role only won a Tony in the original production because there was ZERO competition. Three of the four best musical nominees had no supporting females in the cast. (I Do! I Do!, The Apple Tree, and Walking Happy, which was also a bad musical).I did not see it, but I seem to recall that Tessie O'Shea won a Tony for one number in The Girl Who Came to Dinner, despite that show's being a mega-flop.
In the spirit of Stella leading the ensemble number, "Who's That Woman?" in Follies mentioned in the previous post, I would like to add Daddy Brubeck leading the Rhythm of Life Church Congregation in the ensemble piece, "Rhythm of Life," in Sweet Charity.
rpvee said: "Surprised no one has mentioned “Answer Me” by Telephone Guy in The Band’s Visit."I was just gonna add this. That song was what set off the tears for me. Also Martha in Heathers with “Kindergarten Boyfriend.”
henrikegerman said: "Gladys in Pal Joey (Zip)Bonnie in Anything Goes (Buddy Beware) - sung by Reno in the original productionAnd, as already stated, Petra in A Little Night Music - The Miller's sonFraulein Kost in Cabaret - great part but solos only in Tomorrow Belongs to MeSebastian in Coco - FiascoHerman in Sweet Charity - I Love to Cry at WeddingsJoey in The Most Happy Fella - JoeyFreddy in My Fair Lady - On the Street Where You Livetoo many to go on mentioning"While essentially the same role, Bonnie was renamed Erma in the version of Anything Goes where the character sings that song.
Call_me_jorge said: "I feel like Fantine and Eponine are good examples of this." Eponine is part of the trio in "A Heart Full of Love", has a solo part in "One Day More", and gets a death duet with "A Little Fall of Rain" in addition to "On My Own".
Simon Zelotes - Jesus Christ SuperstarMama Will Provide, Human Heart - Once On This IslandChange - A New BrainBui Doi - Miss SaigonMister Cellophane, Little Bit of Good - ChicagoAnd then you have musicals like Nine, Allegro, Godspell, Company and Hello Again where it's kind of by design.
"yankeefan7 said: "Just my opinion but Aaron Tveit singing "I'mAlive" in "Next To Normal"."Its not a one-song role, is it?"Your are right, my bad -lol
Now Bonnie Franklin winning a Tony Award for merely singing the first chorus of the title song of APPLAUSE is the example the OP wants.Bonnie Franklin was nominated. She did not win the Tony Award. And as mentioned above, she sings quite a bit in “She’s No Longer a Gypsy” so she had 2 numbers in APPLAUSE.
Bumping, but I was listening to my iPad last night and HOW did we all forget "King Herod's Song" in Jesus Christ Superstar?!
My first thought was Sandy from Tootsie.
Molasses to Rum from 1776. Momma Look Sharp and He Plays the Violin are runner-ups, but each is eventually joined by additional cast members.
“Too Darn Hot” from “Kiss Me, Kate.”
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