Titan, on 04 February 2013 - 10:03 PM, said:
sorry i have to disagree, there are loads of female roles
mamma mia - main roles female
bodyguard - its all about the actress playing rachael
wicked - female leads
phantom - christine barely off stage
les mis - females with iconic songs
billy elliott - great female role
viva forever - all female leads and before that ghost was a strong female role
cabaret - sally is a strong iconic role
top hat - a role immortalised by ginger rogers
sitr - has two good female roles one being a great comic role
shrek - fiona
maybe there arnt many female roles where they just have to belt out a hit, but to say there arnt many good roles for women is ridiculous.
Of course Elphaba, Glinda, Donna, Scaramouche and Christine continue - no one argued there were no roles left. . However, a lot of the similarly large roles of recent years have vanished with Roxie, Velma, Mrs Johnstone, Elle, Sandy/Molly, Christine in her LND variant, Dorothy, and soon Fiona being fired. I wouldn't include Sally in that list, but as you did, she's already been made redundant too. Even if the comings and goings at theatres like the Palladium, Palace, and Drury Lane, and in shorter stay and fringe musicals even out, and some of the incoming musicals have some females roles, there's just not as many really big singing/acting roles now . Its also notable that many of the musicals that have gone in recent years - like Legally Blonde. Chicago, Grease and Sister Act - were musicals with predominantly female leads and supporting actors - I doubt if those roles have all been matched with new ones either. Viva and the Bodyguard cast in ways that reduced their impact there too. That all may be what you would expect in a bigger picture where theres fewer musicals anyway, more dance musicals and dance shows, more male juke box musicals, and more new musicals with male leads. One question will be whether the new tours will pick up any of the capacity, or whether the ending of current tours like Oliver, Phantom, Starlight, and then 9 to 5, will reduce the number of available roles even more.
The bottom line is that theres a pretty big talent pool available now for those musicals like WWRY and Wicked that are left, and if they wait long enough they can add some very good candidates from some current/coming touring musicals too. .