Across the country this past weekend, families celebrated Father’s Day. To honor the patriarchs of the Great White Way, Broadway.com asked readers which current Broadway dad is their favorite. The fans have spoken, and father figures from three hit Broadway musicals topped the list. Check out the results below!
1. Mufasa, The Lion King - 41%
Topping the list is the wise leader of the animal kingdom, who teaches his won, Simba, to rule the Pride Lands. "Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance," Mufasa (Alton Fitzgerald White) declares. "As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope." Mufasa sacrifices his life to save young Simba, but even in death, his ghost keeps his son on the straight and narrow.
2. Daddy Warbucks, Annie - 13%
Who can resist a musical father figure who has his proverbial heart of steel melted by an apple-cheeked orphan who just happen to sing on pitch? Coming in second in our Father's Day poll is Daddy Warbucks (Anthony Warlow), the best billionaire a little girl could ever hope to land as her adoptive father. Heck, he even tries to find our heroine's real parents! Luckily, Annie realizes she doesn't need anything but Daddy W.
3. Frankie Valli, Jersey Boys - 10%
At the height of the Four Seasons’ fame in the 1960s, Frankie Valli's (John Lloyd Young) absence was hard on his family life, and Jersey Boys includes a heart-wrenching scene involving the fate of his daughter Francine. Valli sings "Fallen Angel" to honor his beloved daughter, and the character vows to be a better dad to the sons from his second marriage.