Hallo, Leute! Sorry about not posting yesterday! I would have posted, except I had to go and register for classes for fall quarter at school! But anyways, today, I thought that I’d do the “Toast to Minor Characters” Tag! Some of my favorite characters are characters that are generally considered “minor” so it’ll be fun to talk about them in this post! Los geht’s!
1. Name a minor character you want to see more of.
Oh, wow, this is really tough right from the beginning! Hmm… I kinda wish that we got to see more of Meg in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. She’s one of my favorite characters and she’s so sweet. I really think that it would have been cool for Christine and Meg to have some more songs together besides “Angel of Music.” Also from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, I wish we got to see more of Piangi! He’s always been one of my favorite characters and I just kinda wish we got to see more of him.
2. Name a minor character you want to be friends with in real life.
I think that I’d really like to be friends with Lesgles/L’aigle/Bossuet from LES MISÉRABLES because he just seems like a lot of fun to be around! I’d also like to be friends with Shylock from SOMETHING ROTTEN!. He just seems like a really sweet guy!
3. Name a minor character who bored you.
For this one, I think that I’m going to go with Ambrose Kemper from HELLO, DOLLY!. Not that he was a bad character or anything. I just personally liked Cornelius a lot more as a character and a lot of the time I forgot that Ambrose was even there!
4. Name a minor character who annoyed you.
Ooh… I think I’ll go with Chagal, Sarah’s father, from TANZ DER VAMPIRE. I just found that he was a really easy character to dislike. He irked me with his overprotectiveness of Sarah and I really couldn’t blame her for wanting to run away. After all, she’s practically been a prisoner her whole life in her home!
5. Name a minor character who grew on you.
Definitely Boq. As a kid, I thought that Boq was a pretty annoying guy, a guy that really didn’t need to be there. But as I grew up a little, I think that I grew to be able to understand him and his struggles a lot more. So, you could say that he grew on me.
6. Name a minor character who broke your heart.
The seamstress from A TALE OF TWO CITIES! Goodness gracious! I sob every time and she’s only on stage for about 5-10 minutes max! Man, she breaks my heart. Such a great character.
For this one, I think that I also have to mention Isabel (Bel) from SCROOGE. “Happiness” is such a beautiful song and I love seeing how happy Isabel and Ebenezer were but man, that smile of Isabel’s really does have the power to break a heart because you know how their love story ends.
7. Name a minor character who made you laugh.
As a kid, the Artful Dodger from OLIVER! always made me laugh. Don’t really know why… but he always did. I still smile during his parts in the musical. I think that the princes from INTO THE WOODS could really fit here too. “Agony” is one of my favorite songs from that musical and that’s partially due to how much I laugh while watching it. Shylock from SOMETHING ROTTEN! also would definitely fit here! Ooh and Thomas Nostradamus from SOMETHING ROTTEN! as well!
8. Name a minor character who made you cry.
For this one, I think I’m going to go with Gavroche from LES MISÉRABLES. I don’t know if he exactly counts as a minor character but he definitely is a secondary character so I think he counts. I always cry during his death scene. Along the same lines, I’m not sure if Rudolf from ELISABETH counts as minor, but I always cry when little Rudolf sings “Mama, wo bist du?” [Mama, Where Are You?]. And, of course, as mentioned before, the Seamstress from A TALE OF TWO CITIES. So many tears for that precious character.
9. Name a minor character who surprised you.
I think that I was always a little surprised when Boq turns into the tin man. I mean, it makes perfect sense, it really does, but I remember being surprised the first time I watched WICKED.
10. Name a minor character that intrigues you.
As for characters that intrigue me, I think that I’m going to have to go with Madame Giry from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. I think that there’s a lot to Madame Giry’s character that we never really get to explore in depth and I think that I’ve always found that to be intriguing.
So, that’s it for me! Who are some of your favorite minor characters from musicals? What would your answers to some of these questions be? Vielen Dank und tschüss!