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Post Male Lead - Nathan or Sky
I'm currently playing Nathan and wondering what people think over the male lead issue. Me, being the actor I am think it is Nathan considering he sets up the entire plot and without him, Sky's story wouldn't exist. But I'd like to hear what others think...

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In my opinion, they're both the leads. Most don't consider Nathan the lead because he sings less... or sometimes not at all.


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It all depends on the actors playing the parts. It would be so easy for Nathan to steal the show if played that way- the lines and character development are all there. (so go for it!)
I have seen some shows where a weaker actor was basically just cast to support Sky because the whole point was that the actor playing Sky was being showcased. Also, Sky gets the big songs and thereby gets more chances to earn bonus points with the audience. However, Sue Me is probably my favorite song sung by a male in the whole show. It get's me every time, especially that one note...anyway I'm definitely rambling now. I hope you have a great production!

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what_the_heck013 wrote:
In my opinion, they're both the leads. Most don't consider Nathan the lead because he sings less... or sometimes not at all.


I agree, they are both leads. It may be true that without Nathan Sky's story would be gone....but if you take out Sky, Nathan's story kinda goes out the window too.

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theaterforme wrote:
However, Sue Me is probably my favorite song sung by a male in the whole show.
I love that moment in "Sue Me" where Nathan and Adelaide sing those two notes that totally clash yet it sounds so good.


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Sky is without a doubt the male lead of the show. Nathan may be a better part in your opinion, and is definitely a part with good material for show stealing, however it IS show stealing as the show does not originally "belong" to him. The leading man is Sky.

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do you have evidence to back that up?

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I do agree that Sky is the male lead because although much of the action revolves around Nathan at first, Sky is the one who really puts the plot into motion.


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Lets use another example...shall we? "Fiddler on the Roof" was the first that came to mind. The Constable and Motel. Motel starts the whole marriage without a matchmaker thing which leads all the daughters to do so. The Constable delivers the news to the town. Would you say that either of them is the male lead? Of course not, because even without all that conflict, you have a root story with Tevye. You know about him. Nathan and Sky are the same way. Nathan still has a whole different plot to deal with, the Adelaide story. Sky has only the Sarah story. Maybe I'm crazy, I dunno but I've always thought (even before my casting) that Nathan was the lead.

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Okay... example #2. Company. Who decided that he DOESN'T want to get married? Bobby Bobby Babababababababa Bobby. Male lead. Without Bobby, there is no plot... well, there's no plot anyway...


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In that case, yes, Bobby is the male lead, but that is a different case.

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I'd say both of them are leads...

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