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Post Female Mary Sunshine?
I'm surprised that this hasn't been a topic yet; has there or could there ever be a female playing Mary Sunshine (besides in the 2003 film)? I personally don't see why there couldn't be; all you would need is to be a Soprano 1.

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Post Re: Female Mary Sunshine?
In the current Finnish production there is a female Mary Sunshine. I didn't like the change too much but I guess it's okay if you don't know the character being a man in other productions.
Then again, the Finnish production was a bit of a mess anyways, besides the gender reversal it had removed Hot Honey Rag and changed lines with no apparent reason...


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Post Re: Female Mary Sunshine?
Isn't it kinda a plot point that "she" turns out to be a man in drag?


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I think the stage show would lose a piece of itself if Sunshine weren't a drag queen, but I thought Christine Baranski was perfect in the movie.

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Post Re: Female Mary Sunshine?
Not to mention that there are precious few roles for counter-tenors in musical theatre.


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Why not cast a man in the role?

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Post Re: Female Mary Sunshine?
The production I'm in right now has Mary Sunshine being played by a girl.

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Post Re: Female Mary Sunshine?
AlmostHolly wrote:
The production I'm in right now has Mary Sunshine being played by a girl.


I'm not surprised one bit. Not too many high school guys can sing that high!

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Post Female Mary Sunshine
The major problem with this is that changing the gender of a character is a violation of the contract that a production company signs when purchasing the rights to perform the show. The choice to make Mary Sunshine female not only derails a plot point in the show (as has been mentioned above), but also clearly goes against the intention of the creators in their choice to use a character in drag as a symbol that builds into the show's themes and satirical commentary.

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AlmostHolly wrote:
The production I'm in right now has Mary Sunshine being played by a girl.


I'm not surprised one bit. Not too many high school guys can sing that high!


Not untrue. But if this is the case, then why do the show at a high school at all? As RJ mentioned, it's wrong to cast a girl as Mary Sunshine. If you have to cast a boy, and there is no boy who can ably perform the role, then do another show.

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You're 100% right, ActingDude. I don't think Chicago should ever even be done by high schools, period.

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That's not what I said. I said that a high school shouldn't do it if there is no male performer who can play Mary Sunshine. If there is, then I say go for it.

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