Being a somewhat occasional amatuer thespian (not to the point where I am out every night as once a week rehearsals are my limit, I like to see my family from time to time) there are a number of juicy roles to be trod on the boards.
All the roles I covet have something similar about them, the first being their musical roles. For all the will in the world I am never going to be a singer, I am more deaftone than baritone, so why would I want to play I role I can never do justice to?
It may be due to wanting to play the crazy, mad, and bad guy.
In a lot of plays the lead characters can be a bit boring, they are all earnest and trying to win the girl or right some wrong. Plus they have a lot of lines to learn and spend a lot of time on stage rather than chilling out in the green room.
But the manic, scenery chewing, hammy roles of a villain? They are often among the best parts of any musical. They have the most interesting characters, after all why are they insane or bad? Were they just written that way?
Take my first desired role, The Dentist from Little Shop of Horrors, here is someone in the role of their dreams and had his sadism encouraged by dear old mummy. Elsewhere you have the wet Seymour doing awful things for love but the man in the white coat is doing the one thing he loves. Just a shame that his amour is causing things pain.
The there is Thenardier, I know he has a huge backstory (because Mrs G has told me, and basically because Les Miserables is all one big book of coincidence between the only 10 people who lived in France at that time) but what does it matter when he looks like he is having all the fun in the world? Would you rather be hunting down a fugitive by the stars or rooking the guests and cooking the books?
There are also those roles that just seem to be written to enjoy, despite the character involved being the worst. That’s why I would love to be Herod from Jesus Christ Superstar. Anyone I have seen perform this role looks like they are having the time of their lives, and this is all I want from a theatre role. I just want to have fun, and what is more fun than pretending to be bad.