This is another duet that means SPOILERS if you proceed. It is between Marius and Eponine at the barricades, who are close friends, but Eponine has unrequited love for Marius. This is one of the death scenes in Les Mis. In order to understand this scene, you must understand Eponine as a character.
Eponine lived a tragic and dark life. She wasn’t shown love or kindness growing up due to having abusive and unloving parents. She only had one source of light in her terrible life, who was Marius, the young man she fell in love with. Marius was the only person who showed her kindness, and that is why she fell in love with him. Prior to “A Little Fall of Rain”, Eponine sacrificed her life to save Marius- her death is bittersweet because she is in the arms of Marius and it is the happiest moment of her life. It is heartbreaking in two ways- for starters, Eponine is dying and second, Marius is devastated.
[Eponine:] Don’t you fret, M’sieur Marius. I don’t feel any pain A little fall of rain, can hardly hurt me now You’re here. That’s all I need to know And you will keep me safe And you will keep me close And rain will make the flowers grow
[Marius:] But you will live, ‘Ponine, dear God above If I could heal your wounds with words of love
[Eponine:] Just hold me now, and let it be Shelter me, comfort me
[Marius:] You would live a hundred years, if I could show you how I won’t desert you now…
[Eponine:] The rain can’t hurt me now This rain will wash away what’s past And you will keep me safe And you will keep me close I’ll sleep in your embrace at last
The rain that brings you here is heaven blessed The skies begin to clear, and I’m at rest A breath away from where you are I’ve come home from so far
[Marius:] Hush-a-bye, dear Éponine You won’t feel any pain A little fall of rain Can hardly hurt you now
[Eponine:] So don’t you fret, M’sieur Marius I don’t feel any pain A little fall of rain Can hardly hurt me now
[Marius:] I’m here
[Eponine:] That’s all I need to know
And you will keep me safe And you will keep me close
[Marius:] I’ll stay with you ‘Till you are sleeping
[Eponine:] And rain…
[Marius:] And rain…
[Eponine:] Will make the flowers…
[Marius:] Will make the flowers… grow…
Les Mis, A Little Fall of Rain
As a matter of fact, this song says a LOT about Marius. It shows how compassionate of a person he is. If he wasn’t capable of all that compassion, he would have left her to die alone. Eponine is just so happy he is with her in that moment. He may have been devastated, but still decided to be there for her. It really does show how much he valued their friendship. He was worried about her- why do you think he asked- why she came back. Marius is actually my favorite survivor in Les Mis.
Wicked is the musical that sparked my love for musicals. The musical centers on a beautiful and powerful friendship formed between Elphaba and Glinda. Elphaba is my favorite musical theatre character. For Good is the most emotional song in the musical- yes, even more emotional than the heartbreaking “I’m Not That Girl”. For Good is about the powerful and strong bond shared between Elphaba and Glinda, two best friends and the protagonists of Wicked.
[Elphaba:] I’m limited. Just look at me. I’m limited. And just look at you. You can do all I couldn’t do. Glinda… So now it’s up to you, For both of us. Now it’s up to you.
[Glinda:] I’ve heard it said, That people come into our lives for a reason Bringing something we must learn.
And we are led to those Who help us most to grow if we let them. And we help them in return.
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true But I know I’m who I am today Because I knew you.
Like a comet pulled from orbit as it passes the sun, Like a stream that meets a boulder halfway through the wood.
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better But because I knew you I have been changed for good.
[Elphaba:] It well may be That we will never meet again in this lifetime. So, let me say before we part:
So much of me Is made of what I learned from you. You’ll be with me like a handprint on my heart.
And now whatever way our stories end I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend.
Like a ship blown from its mooring by a wind off the sea. Like a seed dropped by a sky bird in a distant wood.
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better But because I knew you…
[Glinda:] Because I knew you…
[Both:] I have been changed for good.
[Elphaba:] And just to clear the air I ask forgiveness For the things I’ve done, You blame me for.
[Glinda:] But then I guess, We know there’s blame to share.
[Both:] And none of it seems to matter anymore.
Like a comet pulled from orbit (Like a ship blown from its mooring) As it passes the sun. (By a wind off the sea) Like a stream that meets a boulder (Like a seed dropped by a bird) Halfway through the wood. (In the wood)
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better. I do believe I have been changed for the better.
[Glinda:] And because I knew you…
[Elphaba:] Because I knew you…
[Both:] Because I knew you I have been changed… For good.
Stephen Schwartz, Wicked
At first, Elphaba and Glinda were enemies, as expressed in “What is this Feeling”, but slowly formed a strong bond. Their friendship was so strong that they wouldn’t let a boy get in the way of their friendship. “For Good” is a bittersweet song- they truly changed each others’ lives for the better. Glinda had one friend that truly mattered ,and Elphaba had one friend in her life. Yes, the two did not get along at times, but they always made up. “For Good” strongly expresses their friendship. It happens towards the end of Wicked.
All of the lyrics really show what it means to have a strong friendship. “Because I knew you, I have been changed for good” are some of Wicked’s most famous lyrics. Wicked also changed me for good and for the better. For Good really is a bittersweet song- it is the last moment Elphaba and Glinda will see each other, but at least they get to say what they meant to each other.
One of the hardest things about COVID was dealing with disappointments. We had to put a pause on some of the most important parts of our lives. For me, one of those belonged to musical theatre. 2020 was the first year musicals got postponed. You would think the postponement of Wicked would be a major disappointment, but it actually wasn’t. That was because I had already seen it four times.
Wicked, actually, is the musical that will open up Blumenthal 21/22 season. Blumenthal recently announced when tickets will go on sale for those were are not season ticket holder. Waiting for that felt like longer than usual. That was due to COVID- we had no idea when we would see musicals again. There is something interesting about Wicked being this year. September 2021- do you know how long Wicked has been part of my life? August 2006 was my first visit to the musical- in NYC at the Gershwin Theater. So, I will be seeing the musical this year at a major milestone- 15 years.
My favorite storylines in the musical are the friendship and the love triangle. Elphaba and Glinda have a very powerful and beautiful friendship. The love triangle between Elphaba, Fiyero, and Glinda is actually my favorite musical theatre love triangle. Part comes from it being the first one I emotionally bonded with. Another part comes from how complex it is.
In 1996, the Rock musical, Rent, came to the Nederlander Theater on Broadway. It was based of the tragic opera, La Bohème, which is a tragic love story between Rodolfo and Mimi. It has become of the successful musicals. It centers around the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Rent deals with a lot of controversial topics such as the LGBT community and a drug addict. Tragically, Johnathon Larson, the composer of the musical, died the day before the first preview, but his legacy lives on in the musical.
It has been debated whether or not Rent has aged well or not. I fell in love with Rent September of 2012 by songs alone. In my opinion, Rent has aged well. Just because the HIV/AIDS epidemic is long gone, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t aged well. Don’t forget, last year, we started being in the middle of a pandemic—so it does connect to that. Its message of living in the moment and living life in love is still relevant. Same with the other controversial topics. As a matter of fact, I actually can relate to the characters of Rent- yes, I don’t have HIV, but have Epilepsy. True, not the same thing, but the struggles are similar- as in the stresses, the anxiety, and the fear. I can understand what they are going through.
Just like Les Mis, I am an emotional wreck in Rent. Rent actually led me to wanting to see La Bohème. I originally started with seeing the Met’s live stream of the opera in cinemas- and eventually saw the opera in person. La Bohème was the final show I saw in 2020- it was through Opera Carolina.
Yes, it is true romance is more common than other types of love. However, it seems as if friendship love is just as beautiful. It also seems to be the 2nd most common form of love. Just like romance, the friendships do vary. Love is important- sometimes a friendship is the only type of love certain characters have in life. Some of these friendships are easy to see as family. Here are some of the friendships that exist in musicals- all of them are friendships I love. Aladdin and his friends are the newest ones to enter my life.
Jack Kelly and Crutchie
Friends of the ABC
Elphaba and Glinda
Marius and Eponine
Lumiere and Cogsworth
Aladdin, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim
Roger and Mark
I can easily see the Newsies, Friends of the ABC, and the Friends In Rent as family. That is especially true for the Newsies- many of them are homeless, have no family, and are runaways. They literally are family and do support each other and have Jack Kelly as their leader.
Love is important. It is something we all desire. We want to feel safe. We desire that affection. Love comes in many forms- that can show up through family, friends, or romance. Who wants to feel unloved? We want to know that someone cares. Some of these characters never felt love before they had a friend- because it was inexistent in the home or they lost their parents at a young age and had to start learning how to live on their own.