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Tony or Riff? 
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Tony is such a wuss.


'nuff said.

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I like Tony's songs better so my pick is for Tony. "Could be... Who knows?"


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I don't like Tony at all. He's a dolt just like Romeo only not as poetic. When I went to see the show everyone in the audience laughed when he died.


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Etoile wrote:
I don't like Tony at all. He's a dolt just like Romeo only not as poetic. When I went to see the show everyone in the audience laughed when he died.


that wasnt the role it was the actor f****** up the role.


out of all the male leads..Bernardo gets my vote.

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Salome wrote:
Etoile wrote:
I don't like Tony at all. He's a dolt just like Romeo only not as poetic. When I went to see the show everyone in the audience laughed when he died.


that wasnt the role it was the actor f****** up the role.


out of all the male leads..Bernardo gets my vote.


I would love Bernardo too, and usually do, however the one time I actually performed in this show our Bernardo couldn't seem to get the Puerto Rican accent and ended up sounding....Irish.....Oh it was bad....very bad. But the rest of the show was actually ok. Though I tend to think about that whenever I see a production of this and usually laugh inside a little.


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I personally love Riff because I consider my strentgh to be dancing over singing and Riff has alot of great dancing an acrobatic moves.


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I mean there are pros and cons of both parts.

Pros of Tony:
Great songs
No dancing
Kissing (sometimes a deciding factor for guys)
Has great acting moments in the show and great moments for character development

Cons of Tony:
No involvement with Jets or Sharks
Acting is either hit or miss; the audience either cries when he dies or laughs
Is probably the most depressed character in the show

Pros of Riff:
Great dancing role
Comic lead
Basically a character actor; not much character development needed

Cons of Riff:
Not much character development
Only in the first act (and the Somewhere Ballet depending on the staging)

Personally I think it depends on the person. If you're a pretty good dancer and love character acting, then Riff is right. If you want a challenge and some great vocals, then Tony is right.

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umm..well I think Riff is probably a more fun character..and I adore the Jet gang as a whole (but I like the Shark girls more), but Tony has gorgeous songs and is the romantic lead. I like Riff's character more, because it seems more real than Tony's, who's character would be awesome if it wasn't unrealistic (I don't know many guys who would proclaim their love to me under my balcony, much less with the romantic air of a West Side Story melody or a Shakespearean sonnet) I wish, that would be pretty awesome.

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I really love them both, but Tony is one of my favorite characters because he tries to make a life for himself and go beyond what he was born into. I also love that he isn't racist like Riff, and he doesn't try to hide from the fact that he loves Maria. He also tries to accept Bernardo and the other Sharks. Plus, he would do anything for Maria, or Riff.


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See, Mercutio is likeable in Romeo and Juliet. That is not the case for his counter part Riff. I find Riff just sleazy, boring, and unrealistic. Maybe I just didn't like the actor who I performed with, when I was Tiger. So I'd say I like Tony better. But I agree Bernardo is one of my favorites. You can respect him a bit more because he is protective over his sister. He is plagued with prejudice and raceism. Riff, to me is just an idiot. Sure he probably had a bad childhood with horrendous parents. I can see Riff wanting to defend his territory. But Riff is definately one of my least favorite people in the piece. Plus, he is one of the major people at fault for the tragic ending.

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Superstar83 wrote:
Based on the movie (I haven't seen the stage version :( ), which character do you like best? I like Riff, just because he seems more interesting to me and seems to be more exciting than Tony...I know that if I was a guy and was going for a part in WSS I'd want to play Riff more.

What about you?


It's agreed, Superstar83.


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