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.
- Hugh Jackman- Valjean
- Russell Crowe- Javert
- Anne Hathaway- Fantine
- Amanda Seyfried- Cosette/Sophie
- Eddie Redmayne- Marius
- Samantha Barks- Eponine
- Aaron Tveit- Enjolras
- Helena Bonham Carter- Madame Thenardier
- Sacha Baron Cohen- Monsieur Thenardier
- Isabelle Allen- Young Cosette
- Daniel Huttlestone- Gavroche
- Joey Barreiro- Jack Kelly
- Andy Richardson- Crutchie
- The other Newsies- remember their dance more than the acting
- Emily Bautista- Kim
- Anthony Festa- Chris
- Eymard Cabling- The Engineer
- Lisa Karlin- Leading Player
- Sam Lips- Pippin
- 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”?