Heartbreaking Songs Dealing with Loss and Suffering

Yes, there are a LOT of heartbreaking songs in musicals, but not all of them deal with loss and suffering. Growing up, I was unaware of heartbreak in musical theatre. Yes, I discovered sad through Wicked, but heartbreak was still not there. Les Mis would tell be heartbreak was a musical theatre emotion- well, Les Mis really did challenge what I knew. What are some of the songs of loss and suffering?

The Songs

  1. Will I- this one gets me every time
  2. Without You
  3. I’ll Cover You (Reprise)
  4. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
  5. A Little Fall of Rain- from Marius’s POV
  6. Turning
  7. Lovely Ladies
  8. The Stampede
  9. Rafiki Mourns
  10. Endless Night
  11. Finale (West Side Story)
  12. The Next Right Thing

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