Romance is the most common theme in musical. It shows up in many ways and serves many purposes. In some ways, it takes up the entire plot, in some it is a subplot that is a couple, and some it is a subplot that is a love triangle. You might think it is just a love triangle that is complex, but sometimes a couple alone that is complex. What makes you love a couple? One of the best ways to love a couple belongs to their song or songs (I said song or songs because some couples have multiple songs- after all, some plots are a romance). I will try my best to explain why songs can help make you fell in love with a couple.
If you don’t have the song, it is nearly impossible to realize there is a couple. In a romance, the first song does make you pick up on the fact that they are developing feelings for each other (“Something There” for instance). Then after afterwards, there is usually a song that tells you that they are in love (“Beauty and the Beast”) for example. The songs are key to helping you realize there is a couple in a musical, or else, you fight not pick up on romance.
A lot of times, if I love a couple’s main song, I end up loving the couple. I love songs such as “Heart Full of Love”, “All I Ask of You”, “Can you Feel the Love Tonight”, “Something to Believe In”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “As Long As You’re Mine”, “Till There Was Mine”, “I Should Tell You”- etc. These songs were all key to helping me love these couples.
In the love triangles- it is key to fall in love with the couples. Once you realize why the love triangles are set up the way they are, you learn to love them more. Songs such as “Heart Full of Love”, All I Ask of You”, and “As Long As You’re Mine” do make me love the couple. “As Long as You’r Mine” is the most interesting song since it is ironic since Elphaba originally had unrequited love for Fiyero.
All of the romantic songs are beautiful songs. I find it interesting how romance comes mostly comes from young couples. So the songs make you realize that two characters have fallen in love- you easily could have missed that if you didn’t have the song.
The songs are so important to the romance in musicals, for sure! The songs are a huge chunk of what makes a couple a likable one to the audience!
The songs play a huge role. After all, they do help you know if two characters have fallen in love if you haven’t noticed it previously.