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People not usually thought of (or celebrated enough) as heroes/heroines in their musicals
Last Edit: PlayWiz 10:19 pm EDT 04/02/21
Posted by: PlayWiz 10:03 pm EDT 04/02/21

Here are some characters not given enough credit for taking actions (sometimes inadvertently or accidently) that have positive enough effect to be considered heroes or heroines in their musicals:

Tobias - “Sweeney Todd” - Tobias, in his shocked madness, kills Sweeney, thus stopping the barber from continuing his mass killing

Panisse in “Fanny” - – marries pregnant Fanny, conveniently (?) dies so her younger lover/real father of her child Marius can claim her at last as his own when he returns after a long leave

Ado Annie – gets her guy(s) without having to have a rival killed, unlike Laurey

Max in “Sound of Music” – gets the Von Trapp Family away from the Nazis and is left to face the consequences alone

Arpad – saves Mr. Maraczek’s life in “She Loves Me” and perhaps the livelihoods of all the principals (except Kodaly, of couse)

The 2 gangsters in “Kiss Me, Kate” – keep the show "Taming of the Shrew" going by their presence thus allowing Fred and Lilli to reconcile

Julie and Cap'n Andy in "Show Boat" - Julie (by chance of being there) gives up her gig in Chicago to Magnolia without the latter knowing, and Cap'n Andy (by chance of being there) gives Magnolia enough encouragement from the audience when Magnolia gets the jitters at the start of her comeback performance into a triumph.

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