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If you could dress as anyone from a musical this halloween, who would it be?

Happy Halloween MeFi!
posted by clavdivs to Feature Requests at 7:58 AM (268 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

[Folks who are not aware of this Halloween tradition are welcome to familiarize themselves with it. ]
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:06 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Julie Andrews' gown from the jazz number in Victor/Victoria.

Because it is glorious.
posted by winna at 8:08 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Well, Prince from Purple Rain, obviously.

Does that count?
posted by elmer benson at 8:09 AM on October 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


I would reprise my triumphant performance of "Cripple Boy #2" in Oliver! from fourth grade.

Oh how I hobbled!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:10 AM on October 31, 2013 [10 favorites]


I would reprise my triumphant performance of "Cripple Boy #2" in Oliver! from fourth grade.

I was Tiny Tim in 4th grade. Solidarity!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:11 AM on October 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


Gypsy Rose Lee.
posted by griphus at 8:12 AM on October 31, 2013


Pirelli from Sweeney Todd, just so I could do this all night.
posted by yellowbinder at 8:12 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I wish I could pull off Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:12 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I would reprise my triumphant performance of "Cripple Boy #2" in Oliver!

I'd think Boy #2 had the harder part to play.

BA-DUM CHING
posted by griphus at 8:13 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Deborah Kerr in the King and I, specifically the gown she wears in the "Shall We Dance" number. It is formidable.
Trick or treating in it would be dangerous, it looks like it would knock small children over.
posted by readery at 8:13 AM on October 31, 2013


OK, yellowbinder, we just need a Mrs Lovett and we're off.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:14 AM on October 31, 2013


The Assassin from Blondel.

(Although Sweeney Todd is my favorite musical of all time. I'm waiting to get my chance to play Mrs. Lovett.)
posted by blurker at 8:14 AM on October 31, 2013


Didn't they make The Iron Giant into a musical?
posted by mikepop at 8:16 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Batman.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 8:20 AM on October 31, 2013


clavdivs from "Oklahoma!"
posted by Drinky Die at 8:20 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Aspirationally, Seaweed, but there are countless reasons why that's impossible. I'm afraid I'd be much more belivable as Seymour Krelborn.
posted by bonehead at 8:25 AM on October 31, 2013


Sexy Ahedonist
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:25 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Meatloaf! The Rocky Horror Picture show counts as a musical, right?
posted by Grither at 8:26 AM on October 31, 2013


Yes it does.

How have I missed this tradition every year?
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:28 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Ann-Margaret as Kim McAfee in "Bye Bye Birdie".
posted by Room 641-A at 8:32 AM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


If we are doing costumes I would actually wear, I would be hobbled Spider-man from Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. But if we are doing costumes that show our true soul, I would be Dead Eponine from Les Miserables.

Speaking of Sweeny Todd, Chicago fans with no Halloween plans tonight should check out Improvised Sondheim which does what it says on the tin and is doing a special Sweeny Todd themed version tonight.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:33 AM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


The Pirate King. But I don't have the chest hair to pull it off.
posted by specialagentwebb at 8:34 AM on October 31, 2013


Well Hedwig seems the obvious choice.

But secretly I would want to dress up as George Seurat from Sunday in the Park with George.

Or maybe the lady with the light up bra from Gypsy (on Halloween, of all days, you Gotta Have A Gimmick).
posted by Lutoslawski at 8:35 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Little Edie.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:35 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Lutoslawski, you are talking about Electra.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:36 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


the grumpy commendatore ghost statue from don giovanni
posted by elizardbits at 8:37 AM on October 31, 2013 [6 favorites]


Cassie from A Chorus Line.
posted by bakerina at 8:39 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Rum tum tugger, or more realistically/likely the off stage narrator from A Chorus Line.
posted by sammyo at 8:40 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Joliet Jake Blues.
posted by Gygesringtone at 8:40 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Can I be Sutton Foster? If not, can I just be Sutton Foster in Anything Goes?
posted by Kitteh at 8:41 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Julie Andrews' gown from the jazz number in Victor/Victoria.

Because it is glorious.


I needed to go watch it. You are so right, and I'm pretty sure her headpiece explains why I fell in love with the pony chandelier.

But I want to go as the Witch from Into the Woods.
posted by gladly at 8:42 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is this something I need a theatre pass to understand?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:45 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


hmmm.
jacques brel
posted by chasles at 8:52 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Inspector Javert.
posted by Wordwoman at 8:53 AM on October 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


oooh.

Dr Zaius from the simpsons planet of the apes musical. that counts right?

... you finally made a monkey, well you finally made a monkey....
posted by chasles at 8:54 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Professor Harold Hill
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:56 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


I already did this version of Audrey from the 1986 Little Shop of Horrors. With the lace arm sling and everything. That should count.

HOLY GOD I DID THAT 6 YEARS AGO.
posted by Coatlicue at 8:58 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Tracy Turnblad, for sure!
posted by Tesseractive at 9:01 AM on October 31, 2013


One of the crowd in Mary Poppins.
posted by maryr at 9:02 AM on October 31, 2013


Well I could reprise my role of Woodstock in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, but...I probably shouldn't.

Daria, from Daria! [the musical episode]
posted by inertia at 9:02 AM on October 31, 2013


Audrey II
posted by drlith at 9:04 AM on October 31, 2013


The Acid Queen from Tommy.
posted by fuse theorem at 9:08 AM on October 31, 2013 [6 favorites]


I needed to go watch it. You are so right, and I'm pretty sure her headpiece explains why I fell in love with the pony chandelier.

I've been singing the song all morning!

The Chicago number is fun if you want to be annoying.

The hats from the horse race scene in My Fair Lady are also delightful, but the amount of trussing to wear the gowns makes them a no go. Maybe the last gown from Hello Dolly.

For comfort Hepburn's first costume from Funny Face.
posted by winna at 9:08 AM on October 31, 2013


Am I remembering Hedonism Bot or the Robot Devil from one of the Futurama musical-like episodes?
posted by Slackermagee at 9:08 AM on October 31, 2013


Are we just dressing or do we actually get to sing the songs?
posted by corb at 9:10 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


I'd like to be an animal. Maybe one of the cats from Cats. Or one of the zebras from The Lion King.
posted by Too-Ticky at 9:17 AM on October 31, 2013


I think singing has to be at least an option, if not highly preferred. Dancing too.
posted by bonehead at 9:21 AM on October 31, 2013


Dr. Horrible. So I could do the laugh.
posted by DingoMutt at 9:21 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


I could probobly pull out a The Dentist from Little Shop Of Horrors from my wardrobe right now.

Plus I know all his lines and numbers.

(are we posting no doubt fun halloween costume photos in here?)
posted by The Whelk at 9:32 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Wicker Man from The Wicker Man. It's a musical. It counts.
posted by permafrost at 9:37 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Buffalo Bill, so I could sing, "Put the Fucking Lotion in the Basket."
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:39 AM on October 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


Quick Rick from Bye-Bye Greasy.
posted by gauche at 9:41 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Magic Flute from the Magic Flute of course
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:44 AM on October 31, 2013


Spot Conlon from Newsies. "Nevah feah, Brooklyn is heah!"
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:44 AM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Heidi Rodewald, who was the guitarist for the in-house band for Passing Strange. Because that would let me rock out to this song every night.

Or I could revive that part I played in my high school's production of Guys And Dolls where I spontaneously ended up giving myself a one-line cameo sheerly through overenthusiastic mugging.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:45 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


If I were Kathy-sized, and thought anyone would get it, I'd wear the 'All I Do Is Dream of You' pink suit or blue 'Good Morning' twinset from Singin' in the Rain.

But since I'm not, I'll pick miss Merryweather.

What?! It is SO a musical!
posted by ApathyGirl at 9:46 AM on October 31, 2013


(are we posting no doubt fun halloween costume photos in here?)

If that's the case, here's my crew as the cast of Wreck-It Ralph. I'm Ralph, my wife is Vanellope, and our friends are Felix, Taffyta and Calhoun.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:46 AM on October 31, 2013


Some friends and I dressed up as the band from Interstella 5555 one year. I think that definitely counts as a musical, and so that is my answer.

But also Mark from RENT.
posted by capricorn at 9:48 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


DATA POINT: My Little Pony probably has sufficient musical numbers to count.
posted by Artw at 9:49 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Alferd Packer, preferably post-meal.
posted by komara at 9:50 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Lee Marvin in "Paint Your Wagon," mostly because I like really challenging drag.
posted by gone2croatan at 9:57 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Red Death in Phantom of the Opera. I am so-so about that show but want a whole musical with elaborately dressed skeleton people.
posted by pointystick at 9:57 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Bad" Sandy from the end of Grease.
posted by dirtdirt at 9:58 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Satan.
posted by billiebee at 9:58 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Bat Boy
posted by Toubab at 10:00 AM on October 31, 2013


Can't remember his character name, but the little Joe Pesci from the Newsies movie in 1992.
posted by deezil at 10:01 AM on October 31, 2013


Oh you know it's Turkey Lurkey Time. And then time for shoulder and neck surgery.
posted by nicwolff at 10:02 AM on October 31, 2013


I'd be the surrey with the fringe on top.

A sexy surrey with the fringe on top.
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:09 AM on October 31, 2013 [9 favorites]


Rex Harrison at the ball in My Fair Lady, and I would get to dance with Audrey Hepburn.
posted by Celsius1414 at 10:09 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Damn, I came here to mention the fabulous fucking dresses in My Fair Lady and Hello, Dolly! but winna beat me to both of them.

Maybe the Emcee from Cabaret just so I can be creepy all night.
posted by book 'em dano at 10:14 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


The fact that I am having such a problem choosing disturbs me somewhat.

I have retained a rather large store of knowledge about musicals up to approximately 1985. I don't even think about them that much. But there they are, in my memory, taking up space that should probably be taken up by something else.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:15 AM on October 31, 2013


Probably Princess Winnifred from Once Upon a Mattress. She swam the moat.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:16 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh!

Columbia!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:18 AM on October 31, 2013


Everyone from Newsies.
posted by ColdChef at 10:21 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Rizzo from Grease who I kind of (read: desperately) wanted to be growing up.

Sometimes I think that I might have been a very different person if my favorite musical had been The Music Man because I would have based my conception of the world on the song Shipoopi and believed that if I kissed on the very first date it would make me a hussy and so on and at least held out until the third date before I fooled around with someone in any serious way.

Instead, I wanted to be Rizzo and believed that there were worse things I could do than go with a boy...or two. I just thought she was so cool and I didn't want to stay home every night waiting around for Mr. Right, so I, uh, made myself available. If that's what a woman wants to do that's fine, it's not that I hugely much regret it, I just sometimes wonder what Music Man Pterodactyl would have been like.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:22 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


(My everyday costume is All the Mormons from "Book of Mormon.")
posted by ColdChef at 10:23 AM on October 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


WAIT WAIT! Hedwig! OMG! Hedwig! Who's gonna do my makeup?
posted by ColdChef at 10:23 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Or Nigel Tufnel. I'm gonna have a lot of costumes.
posted by ColdChef at 10:24 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


WAIT WAIT! Hedwig! OMG! Hedwig! Who's gonna do my makeup?

I'M TAKING A WIG DOWN FROM THE SHELF.
posted by The Whelk at 10:26 AM on October 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


I just sometimes wonder what Music Man Pterodactyl would have been like.

Trouble with a capital "T"
And that rhymes with "P"
And that stands for ptool!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:27 AM on October 31, 2013 [7 favorites]


Also I might actually go as Danny -- I'm definitely a woman and I'm pretty gender conforming within the bounds of my own apathy (no makeup, &c.) but, as my husband has pointed out, I really, REALLY love singing the guy part in duets with women. One of my work friends and I basically went through the entire score of Grease the other day with her singing Sandy and me singing Danny and Rizzo and it was awesome and no one all simultaneously left whatever room we were in inexplicably.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:28 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Wait, I changed my mind:

HEROD
posted by griphus at 10:29 AM on October 31, 2013 [6 favorites]


Mother Superior from the Sound of Music. Good songs, fun to get drunk in.
posted by Diablevert at 10:34 AM on October 31, 2013


NO WAIT I want to be the demon Sweet from Once More With Feeling.
posted by elizardbits at 10:36 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


I WANT TO DANCE IN THE SHINY PAJAMAS
posted by The Whelk at 10:37 AM on October 31, 2013


Wait, I changed my mind:

HEROD
posted by griphus at 1:29 PM on October 31


God, I'd forgotten how fucking weird that part is.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:38 AM on October 31, 2013


and you shall do so

*waves pajama scepter*
posted by elizardbits at 10:38 AM on October 31, 2013


*Big smile! big hands! shuffle back!*
posted by The Whelk at 10:39 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


The greatest character in the greatest musical ever created: R. Kelly.
posted by The World Famous at 10:41 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Today I am Mary Poppins.

Happy Halloween!
posted by kimberussell at 10:41 AM on October 31, 2013 [14 favorites]


You look so cool! What a great costume!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:47 AM on October 31, 2013


Bugs Bunny as he appeared in Rabbit of Seville.
posted by carmicha at 10:54 AM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


HEROD

I too am tempted to do something out of JC (Judas? Mary? Simon?), although man that scene makes me remember just how terrible terrible terrible the movie version was.
posted by likeatoaster at 10:56 AM on October 31, 2013


God, I'd forgotten how fucking weird that part is.

I think I was seven or eight when I first saw that scene. I barely spoke English. And even then I can't even begin to describe how far and wide into my life the ripples of that moment have stretched.

...just how terrible terrible terrible the movie version was.

Pistols at dawn, yo.
posted by griphus at 10:59 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


I am counting Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" as a musical, because I want to be Maleficent. Mostly for the cape. And the sneer.
posted by EvaDestruction at 11:00 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mrs. Lovett -- my dream role from childhood.
posted by pxe2000 at 11:00 AM on October 31, 2013


Auntie Mame
posted by lysdexic at 11:01 AM on October 31, 2013


I have never seen a musical. :(
posted by KogeLiz at 11:02 AM on October 31, 2013


I could probably pull off a pretty good Yitzhak from Hedwig And The Angry Inch.
posted by Greg Nog at 11:03 AM on October 31, 2013


I am a bee.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:06 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


you are a cat from Cats
posted by elizardbits at 11:06 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I know people are only dressing up as these characters for Imaginary Halloween, but I so want to see these musicals with these casts.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:07 AM on October 31, 2013


Remember to Bee Vigilant.
posted by The Whelk at 11:08 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I am a bee

I thought you were looking a little buzzed.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:08 AM on October 31, 2013


I have never seen a musical. :(

What kind of musical would you like to see if you were to watch one? There's bunches on Netflix, Amazon and YouTube.
posted by griphus at 11:09 AM on October 31, 2013


I am a bee.

Oh yeah, from the Black Eyed Peas music video, "I'm A Bee"
posted by Greg Nog at 11:10 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also I will now share my dreamcasting crossover of Fiddler on the Roof and Teen Wolf and no one can stop me:

Stiles is Motel, Derek is Tzietel, Peter Hale is Tevye, and Deucalion is Lazar Wolf.
posted by elizardbits at 11:12 AM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


If I was an Alpha, deeedle deeedle diddle dee do
posted by The Whelk at 11:12 AM on October 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


KogeLiz: I have never seen a musical. :(

I don't even like musicals and I've seen dozens. You should watch a couple. Not even Rocky Horror? You should def watch Rocky Horror.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:13 AM on October 31, 2013


I mean more traditionally it would be Scott as Motel and Allison as Tzeitel and Chris Argent as Tevye but lbr that is not nearly as hilarious.
posted by elizardbits at 11:14 AM on October 31, 2013


Matchmaker is just dying to be a song about getting bit by a werewofl
posted by The Whelk at 11:15 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


will.i.am?

no.i.am.b
posted by griphus at 11:16 AM on October 31, 2013


I'd be an ancient, lumping Marlon Brando as the 1955 film version of Sky, from Guys and Dolls. And I'd pull off both the pencil mustache on a ruined face, and the fedoras above it, because I'd be Marlon Brando, as Sky...
posted by paulsc at 11:18 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Either Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz or else a naked person from Oh! Calcutta!

Btw, Richard Page needs the Mr. Mister role in The Cradle Will Rock just to give someone a chance to review Mr. Mister's Mr. Mister.
posted by octobersurprise at 11:21 AM on October 31, 2013


Gypsy Rose Lee from Gypsy!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:21 AM on October 31, 2013


Sweeney Todd. (Helena Bonham Carter, rowr!)
posted by Curious Artificer at 11:26 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


In college, my entire group of friends did the Jesus Christ Superstar thing, and I was Mary Magdalene. (My boyfriend at the time was Judas, har har.) We were so naive. It went over REALLY BADLY. And not because people were judging us by the quality of the movie, or the musical merits of Andrew Lloyd Webber. People weren't aware of the musical or the movie at all. They thought we were mocking the story of Jesus itself - and I assure you, we were all too mild-mannered to do something that aggressive with Halloween. We just thought it was fun.

Then, a hostile cafeteria worker cornered our friend who was Jesus and said, "You may think you're our Lord, but you AIN'T HIM!" The costume contest judges thought we were being blasphemous as hell, and openly let us know that. People were quite displeased.

On the other hand, when we interrupted a philosophy 100 class to tell our musical-enjoying professor, "HEY WE TOLD YOU WE WOULD DO IT!", the professor tried to engage everyone in a sing-a-long of "Superstar". That was good.
posted by Coatlicue at 11:26 AM on October 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


Lilli, as Katherine, in Kiss Me, Kate. More specifically, Lilli, as Katherine, doing "I Hate Men". The tankard she wields makes it extra-badass.
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE at 11:29 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Florence from Chess. Hands down.

And I would like to preemptively claim the role of Pamela Winchell in the inevitable Night Vale musical, so I can sing the exquisite solo piece "PLASTIC BAGS."
posted by Biblio at 11:32 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Bjork.
posted by en forme de poire at 11:42 AM on October 31, 2013


... Whoopi Goldberg from Sister Act?
posted by jillithd at 11:51 AM on October 31, 2013


Someone with a top hat, because I have a top hat, and don't wear it outside of the house.

Bjork.

Her only musical, so far as I know, was Dancer in the Dark, in which she dressed as a rather normal person. But then again, her whole life seems pretty musical, so I guess it's all fair game.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:51 AM on October 31, 2013


The fact that this bread-and-circus horse-shit is allowed to stand while Flapjax's heartfelt post was closed, leaves much to be desired.
posted by Zenabi at 11:53 AM on October 31, 2013


I thought getting a mystery spot t-shirt was a nice touch.
posted by The Whelk at 11:55 AM on October 31, 2013


Sweeney Todd. (Helena Bonham Carter, rowr!)

Angela Lansbury or nothing. Come on.
posted by The World Famous at 12:04 PM on October 31, 2013


The fact that this bread-and-circus horse-shit is allowed to stand while Flapjax's heartfelt post was closed, leaves much to be desired.

Let me guess... The Grinch?
posted by Wordwoman at 12:05 PM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


One of the penguins in Mary Poppins!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:10 PM on October 31, 2013


Catherine Deneuve from Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

I wish 60s French films had had more people of color/South Asian people in them.
posted by sweetkid at 12:13 PM on October 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


I am already set with my debt ceiling costume otherwise I would be the discordant mess that is Godspeed You Black Emperor!
posted by shothotbot at 12:13 PM on October 31, 2013


And I would like to preemptively claim the role of Pamela Winchell in the inevitable Night Vale musical, so I can sing the exquisite solo piece "PLASTIC BAGS."

I claim Hiram McDaniels. At very least the purple head.
posted by Metroid Baby at 12:14 PM on October 31, 2013


Her only musical, so far as I know, was Dancer in the Dark

Yeah, I meant Selma.
posted by en forme de poire at 12:16 PM on October 31, 2013


The weather-spying Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins - obviously.
posted by Namlit at 12:17 PM on October 31, 2013


Shoulda-known-I-was-trans memory #247: Getting into a big ol' fight with my only classmate in the fourth grade who loved Phantom Of The Opera as much as I did, because she got to sing Christine and I was stuck singing Raoul all the time and it wasn't fair.

On the other hand, holy fuck that would make a nondescript costume. (Damn rich white ladies from before 1900, all look the same.)

But then my other all time favorite character is Anybodys from West Side Story, and nobody would get that either.

So fuck it. Into The Woods was pretty cool. I think I'll be the paper maché cow.
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 12:18 PM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Ray Walston from South Pacific
posted by jquinby at 12:19 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


The fact that this bread-and-circus horse-shit is allowed to stand while Flapjax's heartfelt post was closed, leaves much to be desired.

It's almost as if in your haste to comment in a vitriolic huff you missed that this here bread-and-circus post is an annual tradition going back to 2001!

Since I can't imagine you would have made such an embarrassing, socially ignorant mistake purposefully, trying to guilt-trip an entire community on behalf of something utterly unrelated, I must caution you to eat less candy today so you have all your faculties about you. Such humiliation is easy to come by if you aren't able to pay attention.

Happy Halloween!
posted by Celsius1414 at 12:20 PM on October 31, 2013 [6 favorites]


I would reprise the role I originally played (quite brilliantly and with much c-c-c-courage, I must say) in high school: Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz.
posted by SteveInMaine at 12:20 PM on October 31, 2013


I should also add that I, personally, love traditions. A fact that leaves nothing to be desired (in as far as facts can do such a thing, which isn't far, I've watched them).
posted by Namlit at 12:20 PM on October 31, 2013


Hard choice..... I'd love to be either one of Miss Adelaide's Hot Box Girls from Guys and Dolls or Audrey Hepburn in that black & white dress she wore to the races in My Fair Lady.

Unfortunately, with *my* figure? Mrs. Lovett from Sweeny Todd.
posted by easily confused at 12:22 PM on October 31, 2013


this here bread-and-circus post is an annual tradition going back to 2001!

I added a sidebar link to BestOf that pulls out the posts individually.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:24 PM on October 31, 2013


My MeFi nickname pretty much compels me to say Joanne in Company.

But really, Lucia in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, so I could sing Invisible.

If only I could sing.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 12:29 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Not to mention the outfit.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 12:32 PM on October 31, 2013


Buttercup, so I could sing "they call me sweet buttercup"... and because I always secretly suspected she got to pick and choose her lusty sailors.
posted by ldthomps at 12:33 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


How has Elphaba from Wicked not come up yet?! I'LL DO ELPHABA THEN.
posted by msali at 12:34 PM on October 31, 2013 [7 favorites]


Willy Wonka could be fun, especially at the biggest candy day of the year. Gene Wilder, of course.
posted by backseatpilot at 12:39 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Velma Kelly, Chicago.

...but now I want there to be MetaFilter: the Musical and see what weird amazement we could all cook up together.
posted by batmonkey at 12:42 PM on October 31, 2013


Tyrone Slothrop as Rocketman

(People keep breaking into song, ergo it's a musical)
posted by Grangousier at 12:46 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I would like to be Milky White (the cow) from Into the Woods, please.
posted by coppermoss at 12:48 PM on October 31, 2013


Claude Hooper Bukowski
Finds that it's groovy
To hide in a movie
Pretends he's Fellini
And Antonioni
And also his countryman Roman Polanski
All rolled into one, one
Claude Hooper Bukowski

Manchester, England England
Across the Atlantic sea,
And I'm a genius genius
I believe in gaw-aw-aw-awd,
And I believe that gawd
Believes in Claude,
Thats me, that's me
That's me!


Or possibly, el Gallo.
posted by Herodios at 12:48 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Having recently discovered that "Robocop: The Musical" is actually a thing, I'd go as the nearly indestructible law enforcement officer of the mean streets of Detroit.
posted by Wordshore at 12:48 PM on October 31, 2013


I would like to be Milky White (the cow) from Into the Woods, please.

Sweet! We can get a whole herd together!
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 12:49 PM on October 31, 2013


Or one of us could be the front end, and one could be the hindquarters! I have no preference.
posted by coppermoss at 12:50 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I made a post that listed all the links that were incredible,
I asked about the cats and whether this or that was edible,
And all the people came and they made comments unforgettable
But then the post got pulled and all agreed it was regrettable!

(crowd)

And then the post got pulled and all agreed it was regrettable!
And then the post got pulled and all agreed it was regrettable!
And then the post got pulled and all agreed it was regret-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-table!

&c
posted by jquinby at 12:51 PM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Ooh! Dibs on the ventral half!
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 12:54 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've always wanted to be Magenta from Rocky Horror!!
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 12:55 PM on October 31, 2013


Bobby from Company. Wait -- no -- I basically am Bobby from Company so no one would realize I'm in a costume.


The Master of Ceremonies from Cabaret. I'm thinking more the Joel Grey version - the Alan Cumming one is a little too outrageous for my normal self, but ply me with enough bourbon and I'd probably give it a go.
posted by dnash at 12:56 PM on October 31, 2013


Or for bonus points one of us can learn to bilocate and we can divvy it up mediolaterally.
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 12:59 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. There's a platypus controlling me.
posted by plinth at 1:02 PM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Wait, no, I would be Veronica from Heathers. (Even though I still don't forgive Them for turning it into a musical.)
posted by likeatoaster at 1:03 PM on October 31, 2013


The Master of Ceremonies from Cabaret.

i always like to imagine that the whelk is preceded everywhere he goes by a high kicking chorus of showgirls singing wilkommen
posted by elizardbits at 1:09 PM on October 31, 2013 [11 favorites]


You're missing my cane but yes.
posted by The Whelk at 1:12 PM on October 31, 2013


Bart Collins from The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
posted by nickmark at 1:13 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can't just reprise my childhood roles as Sally in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, or as a townsperson extra in Fiddler on the Roof? (After that I went backstage as a Technical Director.)

OK then, if only for the fabulous eyelashes and nails and fishnet stockings, I'd be Sally Bowles in Caberet.
posted by bearwife at 1:15 PM on October 31, 2013


What the hell, people? There is only one answer: Barbra.

I will also accept: this Barbra.
posted by thinkpiece at 1:17 PM on October 31, 2013


I'm torn between Bacchus, the god of wine, from Fantasia's Pastoral Symphony segment and Charlie Brown in You're A Good Man...

All depends on my mood at the moment.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:18 PM on October 31, 2013


I was also thinking of Guido from Nine, but it only becomes recognizable if you can get a small army of women to dress as glamorous Italian models to accompany with you - and then most people will think you're trying to be Hugh Hefner.
posted by dnash at 1:18 PM on October 31, 2013


Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain where he's dancin'...and singin'…in the rain.

(I mean, as long as I didn't get a William Henry Harrison-grade cold from wandering around al night in a damp suit.)
posted by wenestvedt at 1:20 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Maybe Marian the Librarian.
posted by Shmuel510 at 1:31 PM on October 31, 2013


I always go as Orin Scrivello DDS
posted by OHenryPacey at 1:38 PM on October 31, 2013


Sally Bowles for sure.
posted by ephemerista at 1:49 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


oh, it's suppertime, yes it's suppertime, oh, it's sup sup suppertime, the very best time of day

SNOOPY!!

(i've done charlie brown, i want snoopy this time)
posted by pyramid termite at 1:51 PM on October 31, 2013


But then my other all time favorite character is Anybodys from West Side Story, and nobody would get that either.

I applaud this choice, Now there are two. There are two _______. And I would totally let you into my gang.
posted by blurker at 1:51 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fanny Brice
posted by NoraCharles at 1:58 PM on October 31, 2013


The Dayman.
posted by The World Famous at 1:59 PM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Well I could reprise my role of Woodstock in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, but...I probably shouldn't.

WOODSTOCKS IN PRODUCTIONS OF PEANUTS PLAYS UNITE!

(I would go as someone from Starlight Express, because roller skates.)
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posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:02 PM on October 31, 2013 [23 favorites]


Ray Walston or Bob Fosse in Damn Yankees. Tough choice.
posted by davejay at 2:06 PM on October 31, 2013


The Peers, from Iolanthe.

Tantantara TZING BOOM!
posted by mikurski at 2:11 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Peers, from Iolanthe.

Tantantara TZING BOOM!


Bow, bow, ye lower middle classes!
posted by Melismata at 2:14 PM on October 31, 2013


Albert Finney as Scrooge.
posted by KingEdRa at 2:19 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I could probobly pull out a The Dentist from Little Shop Of Horrors from my wardrobe right now.

I was thinking Seymour Krelborne (I've been him before) but then something at the back of my brain said Audrey and I found the idea fascinating for reasons I can't articulate. I've always thought of myself as cis and I'd look lousy in a little black dress but apparently there's a part of me that is unironically seriously into the idea of doing it and playing it straight. Or not entirely straight, I suppose.

I hadn't expected this would be the sort of thread that would make me pause and think about my life.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 2:30 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh gee, my all-time favorite musical is "The Wizard Of Oz." And I played Glinda the Good in a backyard musical that my friends and I put on but no one can top the fabulous Billie Burke, a denizen of Broadway who went on to marry impresario Flo Ziegfeld and had several other movie roles as well.
posted by Lynsey at 2:34 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I am a Halloween grinch but we're going to a party tonight - Dress Up or Dress Up. Costumes or formalwear (or as close to it as you can get). So, I put this on. I feel I need an opera cape or something but alas.
posted by backseatpilot at 2:46 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Second favorite musical role of all time: Mary Martin in South Pacific, especially the scene in which she sings, "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair."
posted by Lynsey at 2:52 PM on October 31, 2013


Dr. Horrible.

Because I already have a lab coat.

And it's easier than going as Captain Hammer's Hammer.

his hands are not the hammer
posted by xqwzts at 2:52 PM on October 31, 2013


The Baker's Wife from Into the Woods.
posted by stennieville at 2:59 PM on October 31, 2013


Mr Burns in the 101 Dalmations-spoofing Simpsons episode. I know all the words, and his song offers a multitude of costume choices.

Like my red robin suit?
It comes one breast or two.
See my vest, see my vest, see my vest!

posted by daisyk at 3:02 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Woof.

("Sodomy, fellatio, cunnilingus…")
posted by klangklangston at 3:04 PM on October 31, 2013



Like my red robin suit?
It comes one breast or two.
See my vest, see my vest, see my vest!


oh that's stuck in my head now THANKSSSSS
posted by sweetkid at 3:07 PM on October 31, 2013


In an ideal world, I'd be Charles Nelson Reilly as Bud Frump from "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 3:10 PM on October 31, 2013


I am torn between Graverobber from Repo: The Genetic Opera and Laertes from Hamlet II.
posted by obloquy at 3:16 PM on October 31, 2013


Pierre emerging from the lion's mouth.
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 3:28 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Spider Woman. I worry about what that means.
posted by check engine at 3:54 PM on October 31, 2013


Lee Harvey Oswald from Sondheim's Assassins. Who wants to come with me dressed as the Book Depository?
posted by crossoverman at 4:42 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Patsy.

Coconut shells included, of course.
posted by kyrademon at 4:52 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Who wants to come with me dressed as the Book Depository?

Sorry, I'm already booked.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:53 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


I dressed up as Mrs Lovett once, Lansbury hair, not movie hair. Now, I think one of the devils from The Joke: the musical because I start singing "Do it, do it, do it! You know you want to do it!" whenever I see someone about to make a spectacularly bad decision. Don't listen to the singing devils!
posted by betweenthebars at 4:59 PM on October 31, 2013


I've already gone in years past as Captain Hammer, Riff-Raff, and The Phantom of the Opera. (I really didn't realize how many musical characters I'd already done until I actually started thinking about it.)

But if I could be any character? Well, once when I was a little kid my dad was in a production of Man of La Mancha as (among other roles) The Knight of Mirrors and had an awesome costume of mirrored scale mail and a mirrored helmet which he, ahem, borrowed for purposes of taking me trick-or-treating. I still remember it really well, and if I could go as anyone from a musical, it would have to be The Knight of the Mirrors.
posted by mstokes650 at 5:01 PM on October 31, 2013


If we're also posting pictures of our actual costumes, I went as Lorde. My coworkers thought I was (a) Princess Leia on the Dark Side; (b) Lydia Deetz; (c) Wednesday Addams, or (d) a witch.
posted by pxe2000 at 5:07 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


I went as the construction worker from the Village People. Someone thought I was an astronaut.
posted by en forme de poire at 5:13 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


On second thought, possibly Paris Hilton ("Amber Sweet") from Repo, the Genetic Musical. Post-her-face-falling-off.

This is hard.
posted by kyrademon at 5:18 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


The costume I wore as Ophelia today was originally worn by Mad Margaret in a production of Ruddigore. So Mad Margaret, I guess.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 5:21 PM on October 31, 2013


I'm going to be That Guy and say Chop Chop Master Onion from Parappa The Rapper. Then maybe I'll make specious drunken arguments in the kitchen about art and legitimacy and new narrative forms and how that's just your opinion, man.

Things would have been so much more pleasant if I'd only got round to seeing Sunshine On Leith like I meant to.
posted by comealongpole at 5:23 PM on October 31, 2013


Picture here
posted by The Underpants Monster at 5:24 PM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Enjolras. Or maybe Feuilly, and then I could go around singing to all and sundry: The blood of the martyrs will water the meadows of Fraaaaaaannnce!

That would be my trick and treat.
posted by Kattullus at 5:39 PM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


John Quincy Adams from Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson OR Usnavi from In the Heights.
posted by Stynxno at 6:07 PM on October 31, 2013


I'd be Maureen Johnson from Rent, in her outfit from the Over the Moon scene. Hell, I might wear that shirt even apart from Halloween.
posted by ActionPopulated at 6:08 PM on October 31, 2013


OR Usnavi from In the Heights.
You already dress like Usnavi every day, dear
.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:10 PM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Damn it, I also came in to be a dude who takes off his robe like in Oh! Calcutta!.

More like I walk around disrobing in public most days anyway.
posted by planetesimal at 6:16 PM on October 31, 2013


Eva Perón from Evita.
posted by Dr. Zira at 6:17 PM on October 31, 2013


Jim Dale, as Bridgeport's favorite son.
posted by jenkinsEar at 6:18 PM on October 31, 2013


Billy Elliott. Because angry dancing is the best dancing.
posted by arcticseal at 6:28 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I guess I have already been someone else on this list, because when I was in fourth grade I was Racetrack Higgins from Newsies. I was super sad when nobody at school knew what I was supposed to be. I should have waited 20 more years!
posted by Tesseractive at 6:31 PM on October 31, 2013


I actually went as a Cat from Cats as a kid several years in a row, including a REALLY awesome Mungo Jerry one year.

Yea, I was a musical theater nerd as a kid.
posted by strixus at 6:33 PM on October 31, 2013


i often think of lizas purple dress from cabaret
posted by PinkMoose at 6:35 PM on October 31, 2013


Option 1: Murray from "Flight of the Conchords" ("I had a budgie but it died. WOAH WOAH WOAH. I like PIE!")

Option 2: Nadine Hale (Anne Miller) in "Easter Parade" - that lady knows well that the best revenge is success! Glorious, chartreuse-clad, tap-dancing success.
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 6:35 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Yellow Ticket of Leave from Les Miserables
posted by inturnaround at 6:39 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm feeling like a character from Nightmare Before Christmas, so Sally.
posted by theora55 at 6:49 PM on October 31, 2013


Nicely-Nicely Johnson - I wish I had the voice for the songs, but I'd love the outfit.
posted by Area Man at 6:54 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


I've got to be twins with EmpressCallipygos and be Columbia from Rocky Horror. But I'd need some sort of sound system with me, so I could be playing some of the songs as I walked around or suddenly did the Time Warp.
posted by Margalo Epps at 7:11 PM on October 31, 2013


I'd go as Pink, from Pink Floyd's The Wall.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:39 PM on October 31, 2013


Liesl in love.

Nothing is more terrifying.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:40 PM on October 31, 2013


Ursula the Sea Witch. Though the tentacles'll make transportation an issue.
posted by rewil at 8:16 PM on October 31, 2013


Frank Mills
posted by unknowncommand at 8:35 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


How have I missed this tradition every year?

My thoughts exactly...almost 10 years, first time I've noticed.

I might go for the part in Hair where I could sing this little number. If not that, definitely Anita in West Side Story.
posted by Miko at 8:38 PM on October 31, 2013


Relatedly, something I said at work today, completely innocently: "Male parts in Agony aren't that bad!"
posted by mollymayhem at 8:59 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


My beloved wants to go as one of Dr. Terwilliger's thugs from The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T and I want to be Lina Lamont from Singin' in the Rain. I love the slacks she has on when she kicks Gene Kelly's character in the tuches, but I'd settle for any of her costumes too. "Gee, this wig weighs a ton! What kind of a dope would wear a thing like this?"
posted by S'Tella Fabula at 9:07 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


William Murderface
posted by not_on_display at 9:13 PM on October 31, 2013


I was an oompa loompa once in a stage production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (not Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which was the movie version, though we stole all those songs because OOMPA LOOMPA DOOMPADEE DOO). In my capacity in that role a friend and I served as the Square Candies That Look Round.

I would like to reprise that role again, though not for any Halloween-based reason (I am a Halloween Grinch). I just want to get to rummage through that community theatre's awesome backstage again.
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:15 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Debbie Reynolds as Cathy in Singin' In The Rain (Coconut Grove chorus girl).
posted by mynameisluka at 9:31 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Lee Marvin character in the Simpson's All Singing All Dancing musical.

Gonna paint your wagon,
Gonna paint it fine,
Gonna use an oil-based paint
Because we're painting pine!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 9:49 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Can "The Nutcracker" count as a musical, for the purposes of this question?

If so, I'm going as Clara, because she gets to sleep through like the entire second act. Which is pretty much what I wish I could do for the entire rest of time. Would also be OK with dreaming of a candy from every country in the world.

Also, the costume itself is basically pajamas, so yay.
posted by Sara C. at 10:14 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


S'Tella Fabula, you are forgetting my favorite part of that exchange: "Well then everybody was a dope."

(I can do my Lina Lamont only outside, because well, it's most assuredly not an inside voice.)
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 10:20 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


If I am limited to real musicals and am not just being snarky about today's mood:

I always wanted to play Ado Annie in Oklahoma, also the costume would be pretty fun. Lots of bustle and a tiny boater hat with ribbons and pompadour-ed hair.

I also had a hankering to play the Baker's Wife in Into The Woods. To be honest, this is mostly because I had a gorgeous hardcover picture book of the libretto, and the Baker's Wife had the BEST hair.

Eponine, obviously.

What can I say? I'm an alto. There are like five good roles for altos. Also basically I want to dress up as something where I get to wear a lot of skirt and probably an elaborate period hairstyle.

Or Eponine.
posted by Sara C. at 10:21 PM on October 31, 2013


From The Blues Brothers, I'd be bass player Donald "Duck" Dunn: I'd wear a strawberry blond wig and beard, a red velvet Murph and the Murph Tones suit, and, of course, I'd smoke a pipe. All night long I'd say nothing but "we had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline".
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:01 PM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


OK, so apparently it turns out the original Broadway recording* of Into The Woods is on Netflix.

Man, the 80s was really all about shoulders, wasn't it?

*What is the correct term for "video of a Broadway show as originally staged rather than formally adapted into a film"?
posted by Sara C. at 11:28 PM on October 31, 2013


A Modern Major General
posted by islander at 11:45 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


While walking down Broadway the other day, on the phone, a clover with a shot in hand, I realized that with one orange beach towel,
I could be an Archie McPhee blast from the past.
posted by y2karl at 11:50 PM on October 31, 2013


Gloria Thorpe from Damn Yankees.
posted by SisterHavana at 12:26 AM on November 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


shilo!

of course, I kinda dress like that anyway.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 2:08 AM on November 1, 2013


All the little kids at school had what I thought were fake fangs yesterday.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 3:46 AM on November 1, 2013


Samuel Byck
posted by nightwood at 4:57 AM on November 1, 2013


islander: "A Modern Major General "

I'm pretty sure that's Kevin Kline onstage, btw. Not the Major General - the pirate in front with the dark pants.
posted by jquinby at 5:06 AM on November 1, 2013


Audrey.



FEED ME SEYMOUR!
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:52 AM on November 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


One of my and my brother's biggest regrets is that my mother sold her flower shop before we knew what Little Shop of Horrors was and could make a Audrey II display in her window.

(Even though we were in elementary school, she gave us a lot of free rein when we "helped out.")
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:09 AM on November 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I would reprise my role as "the moon, rising" from a grammar-school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
posted by tilde at 7:52 AM on November 1, 2013


How did I forget about Starlight Express?!?

I trade my previous answer. That one is way better, Lucinda.

Is anyone else capturing the developing libretto for MetaFilter: the Musical...?
posted by batmonkey at 9:12 AM on November 1, 2013


Shouldn't this be added to the Yearly Traditions page?

Always liked Barbra Streisand's gigantic hat at the end of the movie version of "Hello, Dolly".
posted by Melismata at 10:13 AM on November 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Shouldn't this be added to the Yearly Traditions page?

♫ the wonderful thing about the wiki is that anyone can edit it. ♫
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:43 AM on November 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


...and it's not a breach of etiquette!
To reach out there and edit it!
Disagree? Discredit it!
Anyone can edit it!

Can I add a point or two?
Elucidate for me and you?
Turn something old to something new?
Do it for the Green and Blue!
posted by jquinby at 10:52 AM on November 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Room 237 documentary is great fun, and worth it for the dissection of the perfect scene where Danny is playing on the carpet.
posted by planetesimal at 11:36 AM on November 1, 2013


Um, this isn't the King thread, sorry.
posted by planetesimal at 11:36 AM on November 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


To reflect my luck, I'd be any of the four guys from Glory Days...
posted by Nanukthedog at 12:12 PM on November 1, 2013


The Lee Marvin character in the Simpson's All Singing All Dancing musical.

You do know that Paint Your Wagon is a real movie, right?
posted by Sys Rq at 2:09 PM on November 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


If I could find someone to go with it - the bad idea bears from Avenue Q. That could be a hoot.
posted by Zalzidrax at 3:28 PM on November 1, 2013


Well, since Hedwig is taken, I've got a feeling...

...it could be bunnies!
posted by Mngo at 6:28 PM on November 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Chitti, the robot from Enthiran, the greatest Tamil-language sci-fi musical about a lovelorn homicidal robot ever made.

Try and name a better one. I DARE YOU.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:14 PM on November 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


boom boom robo da
posted by elizardbits at 11:02 PM on November 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Lee Marvin character in the Simpson's All Singing All Dancing musical.

You do know that Paint Your Wagon is a real movie yt , right?
posted by Sys Rq

Hell yeah I know it and don't like the real movie even one little bit. Wanna be a cartoon character!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 12:31 AM on November 2, 2013


I added it to the wiki, just like the song told me to!
posted by Tesseractive at 7:51 PM on November 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


The Blue Meanie from Yellow Submarine.
posted by MexicanYenta at 1:44 AM on November 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


Thank you thank you, Tesseractive!
posted by Melismata at 1:23 PM on November 4, 2013


Tesseractive, thanks for that but I have not done them every year.
that should be hint to all
this thread was real fun to read. Thanks.

posted by clavdivs at 8:40 AM on November 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Either the MC of the Kit Kat Club from Cabaret, or Katisha from The Mikado (who I've always believed should be performed as a sort of pantomime dame).
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:53 AM on November 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


or Katisha from The Mikado (who I've always believed should be performed as a sort of pantomime dame).

I've seen both Katisha and the Duchess of Plaza-Toro from The Gondoliers played by men, to great effect. Although, it seems a damn shame when the ratio of good female to male roles in the G&S canon, especially for lower voices, is so small to begin with!

It's one of my ambitions as a contralto to play the title role in The Mikado, en travesti, in the fine tradition of operatic kings and emperors being played by castrati in the old days. When I pull it off, you can be my Katisha and we'll take the stage by storm.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 10:52 AM on November 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Bow! Bow! To his daughter-in-law-elect!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:52 AM on November 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh! Mikado!

(everyone bows)
posted by jquinby at 11:55 AM on November 6, 2013


Sweet from Once More With Feeling?

It's a musical. Say otherwise and I will swallow your soul.
posted by Samizdata at 7:43 PM on November 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Macheath / Mackie Messer / Mack the knife.
posted by BrotherCaine at 10:55 AM on November 7, 2013


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