Broadway Antiheroes: Are They Villains?

In this list, we look at some of the moral complexities that make up fascinating characters and the antiheroes of Broadway musicals, from Oliver Stone’s Jekyll and Hyde to Iscariot. These characters are not entirely villains, but they are not real heroes, and they are not among our chosen ones for the top 10 Broadway antiheroes. They’re just some of our favorite characters from the most popular musical on Broadway.


A presenter who acts as a cabaret announcer and comments on the show’s characters and events. A character who is bizarre and does not care about the welfare of his fellow actors, the audience, and the actors.

Emcee initially mocks the Nazi party taking shape in Germany, but as the show progresses he normalizes the movement. Jewish people are derided by the goose as “goose mouthpieces” and mocked in a show that progresses. He writes a story about how casual indifference contributed to the rise of the Third Reich.

Joel Grey, who played Emcee in the original 1966 production of Cabaret, won the 1972 Oscar for best-supporting actor for his portrayal of the villain. A witch in a fairy tale is usually a villain who is determined to harm the protagonist in some way, but this witch is different in that her motives are not so simple and her background is somewhat tragic. Nothing is without a narrator, as seems to have been the case with Joel Grey, who plays him.

The Witch

She takes beauty from a man who steals from her garden and takes the man’s first child, who is born, as payment. The witch then educates the child to herself after she has kidnapped him, and after she has locked him in a tower, she does everything in her power to protect him from the horrors of the world.

Dr. Frank-N-Furter

An extravagant, mad scientist who describes himself as an “extravagant scientist” observes a healthy couple stranded in a storm. At first, he appears friendly to the guests and leads them to his castle laboratory, but eventually, they turn around, seduce him and return to their homeland.

Dr. Frank N. Furter behaves recklessly as if he were holding people against their will and killing them. It’s dark, but it’s fun, and you can’t help but follow it, even if you’re not a fan of science fiction.

J. Pierrepont Finch

J. Pierrepont Finch wants to move forward and work his way up in the company, but he needs to learn how to achieve this goal by reading the book “How to succeed in business when you really try” and following the steps outlined in it. He behaves in such a way that he deceives his colleagues and bosses and repeatedly throws Bud Frump under the bus. But his hard work and ability will do him good when he conquers the world in two weeks.

Aaron Burr

In Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton have a close friendship, but it ends when he supports Hamilton. If Hamilton can take the risk and is held back by Burr’s unwillingness to do the same, their friendship suffers. While Hamilton is brave, Burr is reserved and sees him as a foil, and their friendships end when Hamilton supports him.

After killing Hamilton in the infamous duel, Burr believes he will forever be seen as the villain. With John Wilkes Booth as the assassin, the audience gets a completely new perspective on this historical figure.

Are Broadway antiheroes actually villains? Is Burr a villain? Can we sympathize with a true villain?

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