It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and to celebrate, we asked our Instagram followers to name their absolute favorite teacher from a Broadway musical. Take a look at the top 8 answers below!
8. Miss Trunchbull, Matilda: One of the most entertainingly diabolical instructors ever, Miss Trunchbull is the arch nemesis of Matilda, a young and gifted voracious reader seemingly immune to the nuttiness that swirls around her. With her deliciously malicious antics, though, Miss T. nearly steals the show.
7. Tom Collins, Rent: One of the main characters in Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking rock musical Rent, Tom Collins is an AIDS-stricken philosophy professor at New York University and the love interest of Angel. As Rent is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème, the Tom Collins character is based on La Bohème’s philosopher Colline.
6. Dr. Dillamond, Wicked: A goat who can talk – and teach history! – Dr. Dillamond shares the spotlight in Wicked with Elphaba in the song “Something Bad,” a foreshadowing of crummy news to come.
5. Maria, The Sound of Music: In both the stage and film version of The Sound of Music, free-spirited postulant Maria teaches the seven von Trapp children to sing – an effort that pays off in more ways than one.
4. Professor Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady: Professor Higgins wagers he can teach flower girl Eliza Doolittle, whose thick accent is unintelligible, proper English. He winds up learning a thing or two himself.
3. Ms. Norbury, Mean Girls: North Shore High teacher Ms. Sharon Norbury, played by Tina Fey in the movie and Kerry Butler in the Broadway spinoff, spends most of her time offering fetch advice to the young girls in her calculus class.
2. Dewey Finn, School of Rock: Who wouldn’t want this guitar-shredding, head-banging, joke-telling lovable oaf for a teacher? Stick it to the man!
1. Dr. Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein: “That’s Fronk-en-steen,” young Dr. Frankenstein yells at one of his medical students in an effort to differentiate himself from his grandfather, the famous Dr. Frankenstein, who brought the dead to life. That’s how this musical version of Mel Brooks’ classic monster-movie parody opens. By the time it ends, young Frank has fully embraced his heritage, having not only successfully resuscitated a once-dead jolly green giant, but also taught him how to walk, talk and tap dance to “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”