Actors/Actresses Who have No Choice

What on earth do I mean by “actors/actresses who have no choice”. It basically means there are some actors and actresses that have no choice, as in being your favorite in a role. There is a reason behind this. Let me explain.

For starters, what if those actors are the only ones you saw in the role. That means they have no choice but to be your favorite. Actors like Emily Bautista, Anthony Festa, Eymard Cabling, Lisa Karlin, Sam Lips, etc all have my only ones in a particular role. For some time, you might only have one cast you saw. So those actors/actresses have no choice but to be your favorites.

Then the second behind this belongs if you only remember one cast. I may have four casts in Wicked, but there is only one main cast that I remember. That is part of why Mary Kate Morrissey, Amanda Jane Copper, and Ashley Parker Angel are doing as my favorite Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero.

There are some reasons why your favorite actor in a role is not always your first. That is when you just don’t remember them. So someone in the future ends up being your first. Who are some of my firsts I remember? You probably can tell if I started with the film or the stage show.

  1. Hugh Jackman- Valjean
  2. Russell Crowe- Javert
  3. Anne Hathaway- Fantine
  4. Amanda Seyfried- Cosette/Sophie
  5. Eddie Redmayne- Marius
  6. Samantha Barks- Eponine
  7. Aaron Tveit- Enjolras
  8. Helena Bonham Carter- Madame Thenardier
  9. Sacha Baron Cohen- Monsieur Thenardier
  10. Isabelle Allen- Young Cosette
  11. Daniel Huttlestone- Gavroche
  12. Joey Barreiro- Jack Kelly
  13. Andy Richardson- Crutchie
  14. The other Newsies- remember their dance more than the acting
  15. Emily Bautista- Kim
  16. Anthony Festa- Chris
  17. Eymard Cabling- The Engineer
  18. Lisa Karlin- Leading Player
  19. Sam Lips- Pippin
  20. Ryan Deal- actually got to see him twice: he was my first Jesus in Godspell and my 2nd Jean Valjean

However, not all of my first were my favorite. That wasn’t true for my first Javert, Jean Valjean, Cosette, Marius, and Madame and Monsieur Thenardier. Weird that I only know that not all Les Mis firsts were my favorite in a role. As for firsts, I 100% know that Samantha Barks, Joey Barreiro, Emily Bautista, Eymard Cabling, Anthony Festa, Amanda Seyfried (as Sophie), Lisa Karlin, Sam Lips, Isabelle Allen, and Daniel Huttllestone were all my favorites. Some were my only actors in those role and the fact that some of them have the advantage of being my first.

Musical fans, do you understand this concept: “actors have no choice to be my favorite actors in a role”?

Prepare Ye……

Just a couple days ago, I came up with a new blog series idea. I decided to make mention of musicals I love and the reasons. Considering that Lent started on Wednesday, I decided to begin with one of the biblical musicals I love, which is the only biblical musical I love: GODSPELL.

My love for it started in 2012 a couple of months after graduating from Fletcher. I attended Fletcher for middle and high school. After Fletcher, for two years, I attended Central Piedmont Community College. The very first musical my community college was doing when I was a student was Godspell. That was September 2012. I do not know if it was mom or dad, but they knew I would love Godspell. What do I love about it?

Well, there are the fun costumes. There are incredible and upbeat songs. It is a Stephen Schwartz musical- I think that was why Godspell was recommended- Wicked’s music was written by the same person.

Godspell is about Jesus’ last couple of days before his death. It literally felt like fiction and modernized in some way- due to the fun costumes (I saw a hippie, pink dress with the white star, etc). Little did I know, I would see some of the same actors again in future productions. Even those who are not Christian can love the show- any Stephen Schwartz fan should check it out. Godspell was one of those musicals you probably were not expecting.

Favorite Song: We Beseech Thee

Non-Tour Musicals I Saw

True, I have seen mostly musicals on tour. However, there have been a select amount of musicals I have seen either through school, local, or through Broadway/West End. This post will bring up those musicals and will try to be in order.

  1. Wicked- 2006
  2. Oliver- 2007 (don’t remember seeing)
  3. Godspell- 2012
  4. Les Mis-2013
  5. Les Mis-2013 (as an usher)
  6. Les Mis-2013 (as an usher)
  7. Scrooge-2014
  8. Music Man- 2015
  9. Les Mis-2015
  10. Little Shop of Horrors- 2017
  11. Oklahoma- 2018
  12. Grease-2018
  13. Newsies-2018

This is a combo of Barter Theater, Pease Auditorium (which no longer exists), Halton Theater, Dover Theater, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Gershwin Theater and Queen’s Theater. Of that list- the only musical I have no memory of seeing is Oliver at Barter Theater. The rest are musicals I remember seeing.

My thoughts on Stephen Schwartz musicals

One of the composers I have seen more one musical belongs to Stephen Schwartz. He is a successful composer, and today I decided to write my thoughts on his musicals- as in the ones I love. They will be in a particular order- as in I will end on my favorite musical that he did. I loved all three of the musicals I am about to mention.


  • I loved Godspell ever since I started college. Godspell was my first musical I saw at Central Piedmont Community College. What I remember most about that production belonged to some of the costumes. As a matter of fact, I did see three of the actors in future productions at CPCC. I did love Godspell- my parents did know I will love Godspell.


  • I have loved Pippin since May 2015. I have wanted to see Pippin since I heard “Corner of the Sky”. I quickly fell in love with the song- that song told me a lot of what the musical was about. When I heard it won a Tony Award for Revival, I watched a preview, and wanted to see it even more. A spectacle- based, and a song I loved a lot. Too strong reasons for wanting to see Pippin. Pippin makes you fall in love with it very quickly- that is what “Magic to Do” allows you to do. The revival feels like you are in a circus. The Leading Player is an intriguing antagonist, and she does trick both the audience and Pippin
"Magic to Do" during the Pippin Revial


  • Of all Stephen Schwartz’ musicals, it is the easiest for me to explain why I love Wicked. It is a story of two strong and complex young women who form a special and beautiful bond. That is rare in a musical to see that kind of friendship. On top of that complex friendship- you also come across an extremely complex love triangle. This is a musical where the friendship is much stronger than romance. As Wicked says- “I have been changed for good”. That is what Wicked did for me.
"For Good" during Wicked- Elphaba and Glinda


  • The songs in his musicals are both energetic and emotional. That is the type of music I want in a musical. At the same time, I want all the songs to sound like they all belong in the same musical- does that make sense?

My Love for Godspell

Yesterday was Easter, the day to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. One musical that I love that barely gets mention on my blog is Godspell. Godspell was one of my first musicals I loved during my days in college. I fell in love with Godspell at Central Piedmont Community College. It was their production that made me love the show. Three of their actors were actors that I would see in future productions.

What I remember the most about CPCC’s production are the costumes. One girl was in a pink dress holding a star, one girl was dressed as a hippie, and one boy was dressed in this red and black costume with a mohawk (who would be the John the Baptist and Judas). Ryan Deal played Jesus, and he would later play Jean Valjean in CPCC’s production of Les Mis- which was my first stage production of Les Mis. One of Godspell’s ensemble actresses would go on to be in the ensemble of Les Mis and later be the Laurey in their 2018 production of Oklahoma. One of Godspell’s ensemble actors would later be Will Parker in that 2018 production of Oklahoma.

Back to Godspell. I do remember that “We Beseech Thee” was my favorite song from the musical. Before seeing Godspell, my parents told me that I would love the musical. Godspell was my first taste of CPCC’s theatre production. Godspell is about Jesus’ last few days on earth. I do remember when Jesus said that his betrayer was with him that Judas walked out and slammed the doors- the doors leading to the lobby. I remember the lady with the pink dress was interacting with audience during one of the numbers. There wasn’t much set involved, but Godspell did not need much of it. I don’t remember individual actors exactly- mainly remember a few costumes. Godspell was in the smaller of CPCC’S theaters. I had no idea I was going to be seeing some of those same actors again- CPCC literally combines students with professionals with the community in their productions. It was the 2nd Stephen Schwartz musical I fell in love with.

Godspell-think a modern take on Jesus’ life story- the last days of his life