Top 10 Most Challenging Roles in Contemporary Theater

There are roles out there that have made their way onto many performer’s wish list. There are many popular contemporary like Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Joshua Henry, and Adele Dazeem (to name a few) that have defined the male role for many generations to come.

So which roles are the most difficult to perform? Today, we’re going to explore ten roles, in no particular order, that are considered to be the most challenging roles in contemporary theater.

(Disclaimer: For the purpose of this blog, “contemporary” refers to musicals from “Rent” onward.)

Huey Calhoun in “Memphis”


Elphaba in “Wicked”


Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton”


Angelica Schuyler in “Hamilton”


Jekyll/Hyde in “Jekyll & Hyde”


Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde: The Musical”


Quasimodo in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”


Celie in “The Color Purple”


Evan Hansen in “Dear Evan Hansen”


Diana Goodman in “Next to Normal”


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