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5 Broadway Villains We Love to Hate

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|by Marshall W. Mabry IV |

The baddest baddies on Broadway this season

While Broadway musicals are known the world over for their plucky protagonists and happy endings, neither would be possible without their powerful antagonists. From clique-y Mean Girls to a demon of death and even a megalomaniacal sea creature, this Broadway season boasts a bevy of villains so carefully crafted you’ll both love to hate them and hate to love them.    

Taylor Louderman as Regina George in 'Mean Girls' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Taylor Louderman as Regina George in 'Mean Girls' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Aaron Burr, Hamilton: An American Musical
There are five casts currently bringing this story, and its iconic villain, to life.  The genius behind this character is the writing. The opening number – in which Burr declares “And me, I’m the damn fool that shot (Hamilton)” – sets up his character arc perfectly.  Throughout the show, the audience walks with Burr through both his brightest and darkest moments.  On top of being a well-written character, Burr has some of the best music in Hamilton. It’s impossible not to fall in love with numbers like “Wait For It” and “The Room Where It Happens,” making Burr one villain you will hate to love.

Plankton, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical
You can catch Wesley Taylor onstage eight times a week as Plankton in the new hit musical SpongeBob SquarePants. Plankton owns the Chum Bucket, a restaurant that pales in comparison to the Krusty Krab. This drives Plankton into madness, ultimately creating a tiny supervillain. In SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical, this villain also unleashes some comic relief during a hip-hop number that is everything you didn’t know you needed from this show.

Papa Ge, Once On This Island
Played by Merle Dandridge and Tamyra Gray respectively, Papa Ge is one of the most underrated villains on Broadway. Pape Ge is the “sly demon of death” in Once on This Island. This role is not only hate-to-lovable, but also memorable because of the pure awesomeness these women exude in a role traditionally played by a man. While Papa Ge is the show’s personification of evil, during the finale the audience gets a glimpse of the love she really holds for the show’s main character, Ti Moune. All I can say is, Papa Ge is the ultimate villain, and as the sly demon of death, these ladies give the audience life. 

Regina George, Mean Girls
Played by Tony nominee Taylor Louderman, Regina George is the original diva of North Shore High, and you can’t help but to hate/love her. She enters like she owns the school, and in this production, she does. Louderman does it all as Regina: dancing, acting and belting the roof off the August Wilson Theatre eight times a week. This leader of “The Plastics” is not to be messed with. Regina may be the latest villain to arrive on Broadway, but don’t underestimate her, or you might just end up in her Burn Book.

Phantom, The Phantom of the Opera
This list wouldn’t be complete without a classic villain that we all love and feel for. The title character of The Phantom of the Opera is currently played by Ben Crawford. While the Phantom commits numerous murders during the show, the story is generally told from his perspective, encouraging the audience to feel his internal pain. However, the reality is that, with classic Andrew Lloyd Webber songs and that iconic mask, the Phantom is ultimate villain of Broadway.  
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