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Rosalie Craig as Bobbie in Stephen Sondheim's "Company" at the Gielgud Theatre on October 15, 2018 in London, England. (Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images)

Nothing can refresh a canonical work of theatre like an inventive and unexpected casting choice. When directors purposely color outside the lines in the actors they employ, interactions between characters and the overall implication of the piece can infuse it with brand new immediacy while giving actors the thrilling challenge of embodying a character that audiences wouldn't normally associate with them. These are some of our favorite casting choices of females in male roles that defied convention and added another layer of storytelling.

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