It’s almost Father’s Day, and you know what that means—it’s time to pull out all the stops to show your dad you’re his biggest fan. But Father’s Day isn’t just an opportunity to make a giant replica of your dad out of beef jerky. It’s also time to pay homage to our honorary fathers: The dads of Broadway! From the loyal and protective Jean Valjean in Les Miz to the uh, totally preoccupied Mr. Wormwood, some of Broadway’s current dads deserve Father of the Year trophies, while others should be tarred and feathered. We're ranking them all below! How does your favorite Broadway dad measure up?
1. Jean Valjean from Les Miserables
Even though JVJ isn't Cosette’s biological dad, he’ll go to the ends of the earth for her. He confines her to her house and she’s not allowed to talk to anyone or go outside, but at least she’s safe, right?
2. Mufasa from The Lion King
This kind and majestic ruler is a model father for Simba. It’s a shame that pesky stampede had to go and ruin everything.
3. Father from Violet
Violet’s dad tries his best to be a good father, and hey, that axe thing was an accident. But we’re subtracting a few points, because the whole ordeal does make his daughter’s life pretty complicated.
4. Josh from If/Then
Without giving away too many spoilers, Josh is a great guy and seems like a great father, but he just isn’t around that much. Give us more evidence and we’ll move you higher up on the list, Josh.
5. The Three Dads from Mamma Mia!
Just like the guys in Full House, potential dads Sam Carmichael, Bill Austin and Harry Bright are a package deal. Sure, they weren’t around for Sophie’s formative years, but that wasn’t their fault, now was it?
6. Mr. Price from Kinky Boots
He’s done everything he possibly can to provide for Charlie, but he shouldn’t have automatically assumed his son would want to take over the family business. What if he’d wanted to become a softball player, or a drag queen?
7. Sultan from Aladdin
The Sultan seems like a nice enough guy, but he’s got some seriously outdated opinions about a woman’s place in the kingdom. Don’t worry—his daughter Jasmine is more than happy to set him straight.
8. Hertz from Rock of Ages
Sure, he’s planning to tear down the Sunset Strip and his mustache is pretty annoying, but as far as his parenting is concerned, he’s not the worst dad on the list.
9. Walter from A Raisin in the Sun
Walter has big dreams for his family, but he’s not the most rational guy when it comes to spending his money. Good thing you’ve got your mom around to bail you out, Walter.
10. Charles from Pippin
He might be good at riding a unicycle, but King Charles is constantly dismissive of his son Pippin. If there’s one thing we know about kids, it’s that they need constant attention! Get it together, Charles.
11. Mr. Wormwood from Matilda
This telly-watching, swindling used-car salesman is the worst father on Broadway, hands down. If you were Matilda, you’d dye his hair green, too.