by: Dan Mason (@djdan1079)
The road to the final four has not been an “Easy Street” (ask 3rd round casualty, Miss Hannigan). “Impossible Dreams” were crushed (Don Quixote– first round roadkill), legends found “Trouble” (Harold Hill, destroyed in round 2), and many musical theatre icons are just a “Memory” (Grizabella,embarrassed by a Disney princess).
Perhaps the biggest upset of the tournament took place in the 4th round, as Diana from Next to Normal edged Jean Valjean with 54% of the vote. Not even the power of Hugh Jackman could save Valjean, as Diana has defeated every opponent she’s faced except depression. She advances to the final four and awaits another tough opponent in Eva Peron.
Elphaba has never been threatened in this tournament, easily destroying the Phantom to advance to a final four matchup against Mama Rose, who cruised to a decisive win over Sweeney Todd.
Here are the updated tournament brackets. Check them out and vote for which characters should advance to the championship round below.