Myers-Briggs Meets Broadway

So here’s the thing. I find these character Myer-Briggs things that have become quite popular. If you haven’t seen them, you can see them here or here. Well today in an audition I heard something hysterical that got the gears turning in my little mind. She said, without any irony and completely straight faced, “I could never be in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’… I’m too much of an INTJ.” I audibly laughed, which really wasn’t nearly as acceptable since I had overheard it from across the room and was not a part of the conversation. So after an extensive text conversation with some friends and some deep thinking with my Trenta Iced Coffee I decided to write this out. Seen below is my pairings of characters with their appropriate Myers-Briggs description (and like a true blogger I decided to only use little snippets of their M-B qualities in order to further intensify my point). All of the little quote things come from the MBTI website. Check it out

ISTJ: Belle from “Beauty and The Beast”… “Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized – their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.”beauty-and-the-beast-2f26039d4e052087

ISTP: The Phantom from “The Phantom of the Opera”… “Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems.”image.axd

ESTP: Eva Peron from “Evita”… “They want to act energetically to solve the problem. Enjoy material comforts and style.”evita-1963

ESTJ: Elphaba from “Wicked”… “Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.”tumblr_kpg9k7Bt8O1qzkclao1_500

ISFJ: Maria from “West Side Story”… “Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.”west-side-story-natalie-wood-maria-240sd04212010

ISFP: Georges from “Sunday in the Park with George”… “Like to have their own space and to work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them.”Sunday1600

ESFP: Reno Sweeney from “Anything Goes”… “Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts.”Foster1

ESFJ: The Leading Player from “Pippin”… “Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it.”3.186345

INTJ: Tracy Turnblad from “Hairspray”… “Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through.”41787

INTP: Man in Chair from “The Drowsy Chaperone”… “Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction.”Chaperone3

ENTP: Harold Hill from “The Music Man”… “Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.”tumblr_mis4j8vBhW1qe75j8o1_400

ENTJ: Henry Higgins from “My Fair Lady”… “Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems.”02a

INFJ: Jean Valjean from “Les Miserables”… “Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good.”Les Miz 6

INFP: Giorgio from “Passion”… “Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential.”passion650

ENFP: Billy Elliot from “Billy Elliot”… “Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities.”Billy-Elliot-Omaha

ENFJ: Annie from “Annie”… “Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth.”

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So here you have it. Comment on what character you are. And if you have played one of those characters and claim that they are in no way the way I have represented them… deal with it.

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