There are five core emotions in musical theatre, which are excitement, love, joy, sad, and heartbreak. As a matter of fact, the negative emotions have beauty, which is hard to think about. But why, exactly?
Most of the time, sad loves to be in the form of heartbreak. Heartbreak isn’t just part of tragic musicals, but in happy musicals as well. Heartbreak ends up existing in some of the most beautiful songs—–there are various ways they exist in here—–unrequited love, death, survivor’s quilt, broken dreams, etc……But, why all the beauty?
For one thing, there are many wonderful ways to express those emotions. Through word, obviously, but you can express them more beautifully through song. Though some of those ways did surprise me, glad I learned- never did I once think heartbreak would happen at a death scene. If it didn’t, there might be a chance death scenes would still be unmemorable and not moving. The beautiful nature of heartbreak comes from how it is expressed and how you are feeling it.
Musicals with Heartbreak
- Lion King
- Beauty and the Beast
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- South Pacific
- Fiddler on the Roof
- Man of La Mancha
- Miss Saigon
- West Side Story
- Phantom of the Opera
- Les Mis
All the ones above have heartbreak in at least one or more of their songs. Frozen did make one mistake- “True Love”, its heartbreaking love song, used to be in the Broadway Musical, but got kicked out when the tour started, but will always see it as part of the musical.