No story is complete without a great villain, and in this list, we’ll look at some of the evil Broadway characters we love and hate. Although characters like Javert from Les Miserables won’t be on the list (and I’m counting on you), there are iconic musical villains on Broadway. The antihero who rules the world of musical theatre, from Broadway to the big screen and even the small screen.
Ursula is the sister of King Triton and was once entrusted with the rule of the sea together with her brother. She was originally played by the fantastic Sherie Rene Scott, who starred as Ursula in a series of Broadway shows in the late 80s and early 90s.
But absolute power over the watery territory is not absolute enough for her, and she is sent into exile for trying to overthrow her brother. She waits for naive Ariel, for whom she sees an opportunity for revenge, but her aunt is angry about her rather messy behavior.
Set in the small town of Claremore, this Broadway classic tells the story of two rivals and their yearning for Laurey Williams’ heart. One rival is Curly McLain, and the other is the villainous Jud Fry, but both yearn for their hearts.
Indeed, the quiet, brooding servant has developed an obsession with Laurey, and the presence of other suitors for Curly urges Jud to take drastic action.
The song “The Lonely Room” shows how desperate he is and how far he is willing to go, but his possessive thinking makes him shudder.
One of the most frightening things about him is that he is said to have broken every written law, but I would say he is the main villain in this classic. He has a reputation for being a master criminal and having a knack for evading arrest. One of my favorite characters from the original Broadway musical, this mysterious cat, also known as the “hidden paw,” is one of our main villains in the classic, and I have no idea how to get past him.
The cat is captured by the leader of Jellicle (the ancient Deuteronomy) and tries to take his place, but he can be caught. This character is actually based on the character of the same name from the original Broadway musical, and I’m sure you’ll get used to it.
Jafar, the Grand Vizier of Agraba, glides in the shadow of the Sultan’s palace, but he is not satisfied, exercising a disturbing degree of power because of his influence on the Sultan. Villains are not usually the most interesting characters in a musical, let alone a Broadway musical.
He turns the Sultan into a power genius and uses Aladdin to get what he wants, but he also demands to be transformed into an almighty spirit. The entire plot is essentially set in motion by the magic lamp that miraculously pulls Jafar out of the cave and essentially sets the entire plot in motion. His wishes are fulfilled and then magically bound to his own lamp, which condemns him to a life as a servant of the Sultan and his servants.
For kids watching it, it’s one of my favorite musicals of all time, and I’m also a big fan of Aladdin and Jafar in general.
We love these iconic musical villains on Broadway. The shows wouldn’t be complete without them!