Characters Who are Different

In the world of musical theatre, you come across a variety of characters. That is due to the time period they are from, where they live, their fates, the families they are born into, and what they make of their lives, etc…………..In my opinion, which characters are “different”?

Crutchie

He is one of my top two favorite Newsies. He may have a bum leg, but at least he has a special and intimate bond with Jack Kelly. This is first noticed during “Santa Fe (Prologue)”. Both of them sleep on the same rooftop. Despite Crutchie’s bum leg, that doesn’t stop him from making the most the most of his situation. He is still an incredible Newsie, and extremely optimistic, no matter the situation, despite being the most vulnerable of all the Newsies. That is why the added song, “Letter From the Refuge”, is very important, and why I wish I could own it. Even in that number, despite the level of vulnerability he has in that moment, he still is optimistic about the strike (as in that the Newsies will win the strike).

Elphaba

She isn’t even disabled and is considered different. Only because she was born green. As a result, she was born in the wrong family. So, she was treated like an outcast in her own family. Nothing good was happening in her life until Shiz University—–she would meet two people who would transform her life- especially with Glinda. True, Glinda and Elphaba started out hating each other, but at least they emotionally became best friends and developed a powerful and beautiful bond

“Because I knew you, I have been changed for good”

For Good, Wicked

Glinda is actually the first person in Elphaba’s life who sees her for who she is. Most people can’t see past the color of her skin, but Glinda can. Another thing that makes her different are her powers, which she doesn’t know to control (at the moment, they happen in anger). Elphaba truly is a big-hearted, determined, brave, and strong person—-Elphaba truly matures during “Defying Gravity”. Not the “wicked” witch people think she is. The rumors spread about Elphaba do make Glinda feel bad and hurt- she knows they are lies.

Fiyero is the only other person who treats Elphaba fairly, and sees her for who she is—-that is starting at the Lion Cub Scene——-Elphaba, Fiyero, and Glinda create one of the strongest and most complex love triangles. Fiyero ALWAYS had stronger chemistry with Elphaba and always had a crush on her (which is first noticed during that particular scene), which helps foreshadow the plot twist in act II. Yes, Elphaba puts up with the pain of unrequited love, but little does she know that she will get Fiyero in the end (the irony of “I’m Not That Girl” and “As Long as You’re Mine”).

Elsa

A very similar character to Elphaba is Elsa. Both born with powers they don’t know to control- Elsa’s powers happen a lot in fear. She has ice and snow powers, but after an accident in her childhood almost killing Anna, she begins to be afraid of her skill. But just like Elphaba, she was labeled to be a monster when she was older- after her coronation during the party. Ashamed, she ran away causing an eternal Winter. During “Let it Go”, she finally accepts herself for who she is—–it is actually similar to “Defying Gravity” (in both melody and what they are about)

Disney World

At least, her sister saw past the monster side of her. Anna could see she wasn’t a monster- she knew Elsa could save Arendelle. All they really have left is each other- after all, they became orphans after they parents died at sea. Eventually, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven became part of their family—–only because they joined Anna on her journey to find Elsa. As a matter of fact, I believe excellent Elsa actresses could play excellent Elphabas’ and vice versa (my Elsa was Caroline Bowman, and she was a former Elphaba)

The Rent Family

Yes, there are eight major characters- but specifically want to refer to four of them. Those belong to Roger, Mimi, Collins, and Angel. True, just about ALL the characters are “different”, but those four are the ones struggling with HIV/AIDS. I am able to connect to them on a personal level due to my Epilepsy- you might wonder, why? Well, anyone dealing with any mental disorders, neurological issues, or chronic illnesses will understand what they are going through.

After all, when we deal with them, similar emotions are felt. Uncertainty, stress, and anxiety are just a few of the emotions those four characters are dealing with- doesn’t that sound familiar? Despite being different illnesses and disorders, we still can understand the struggle. That is exactly why those four characters are “different”.

13 thoughts on “Characters Who are Different

  1. Good choices!! I totally agree with Elsa. People just see her in the wrong light every time! It’s either, “Oh, she’s the pretty princess with the pretty dress” or “she’s boring and selfish”. I mean, I can definitely see the selfish part, but her character is SO much more 3d than SO many other Disney princesses. I love that she has her flaws and is always battling them to keep them under control, just like her powers. She’s cool! And so is Crutchie! 😁

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