Favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical

Another famous composer in musical theatre is Andrew Lloyd Webber. At the moment, I only fell in love with two of his musicals, which are Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Phantom of the Opera. True, I saw Cats before, but I forgot what my opinion was, but I do love some of its songs. So, what is my favorite musical of his?

Phantom of the Opera

It was actually my mom who recommended this musical to me, and I fell in love with it initially by the songs. As a matter of fact, I even have some unpopular opinions in the musical. Why do I love Phantom of the Opera? It is such a hauntingly beautiful show. So mysterious and angelic. I actually love Christine and Raoul as characters and as a couple- they are so adorable and romantic together, as expressed in “All I Ask of You”. I want Phantom with the unrequited love- he may respond very very poorly to it, but it makes the love triangle very mysterious, and it is an unique fact about it.

Couples I Love in Musicals

Well, one of the elements I look forward to the most in musical theatre is romance. It is something I always hope happens. Doesn’t matter if it is found in just a couple or even found in a love triangle. Romance is one of the most common themes in musicals due to how universal love is. So, who are some of my favorites?

Favorite Couples- Possible Spoilers

  1. Elphaba and Glinda
  2. Christine and Raoul
  3. Cosette and Marius
  4. Nala and Simba
  5. Katherine and Jack Kelly
  6. Belle and Beast
  7. Jasmine and Aladdin
  8. Mimi and Roger
  9. Angel and Collins
  10. Maria and The Captain

Conclusion

As you can tell, there is a LOT of romance in musicals. Plus, due to that most likely left some of my favorites off the list—–at least, I gave you a general idea.

Book couples Versus Musical couples

True, Romance is a theme found in the world of literature and musical theatre and opera. There is a MAJOR difference between the two——I think it depends on how easy it is to find or what kind of couple you prefer; plus a number of other things.

BOOKS

Here is the problem with books- the struggle with finding a couple. It is very difficult for me to pick up on couples in a book. Unless of course, I saw their movie or musical ahead of time; or read the book at an older age. However, there are some book couples I love, which actually overlap into musicals.

  1. Westley and Buttercup- Princess Bride (true love, for sure)
  2. Marius and Cosette- hope and light (an overlap I love- only could detect it thanks to its musical)
  3. Annabeth and Percy- one of the best

MUSICAL THEATRE/ OPERA

Where is their advantage compared to books? Well, it is easier to detect romance in musicals and operas thanks to songs. After all, you can easily detect when two characters fall in love thanks to a love song——-or prior (either because the entire show is a love story or background music to set up). MOST of the time, ROMANCE happens to the protagonist, but not all the time. Plus, it has to do with how the love song is set up.

Examples of Songs:

  1. “A Whole New World”
  2. “All I Ask of You”
  3. “Rewrite the Stars”
  4. “A Heart Full of Love”
  5. “Something Good”

Favorite Songs in Musicals- as in Romance

True, we have a favorite song in each musical. There is usually a reason behind it, and sometimes we can’t describe it. It can be related to memory, reasoning (as in why we wanted to the musical), or just because (that sounds crazy, but that is the hardest one to describe). Now, it does sound cliche if our favorite song in a musical happens to be the main love song, as in ROMANCE. But, it does happen—–let me only talk about the musicals where my favorite song belong to that theme.

Beauty and the Beast

You may find this hard to believe, but I still haven’t seen it live. I have only seen the animated and live action movies. In terms of stage show, all I know of it belongs to the Original Broadway Soundtrack- that is why I know about songs such as “Home” and “If I Can’t Love Her”. At one point I thought I saw it live, but it turns out I was wrong.

“Beauty and the Beast” is my favorite song in this musical. I have always been quite attached to this magical and enchanting number. While it is a happy song, the past couple of times I saw the live action movie, the song has driven me to tears (how can a positive emotion do that?). Not only is the song magical, but so is the scene- due to Belle’s dress and Beast’s suit and their dance.

It truly needs to come back to the US. What I hope happens is that it revives on Broadway and gets a new cast album——that way it will have “A Change in Me” on it. I really want to own that song.

Lion King

Once again, the main love song is my favorite number. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” is my favorite song from Lion King——even the new songs couldn’t be better. Always been drawn to that particular song- still has a kind of magic and innocence in it.

Aladdin

Yes, “A Whole New World” is my favorite song from Aladdin. Well, just like the other two Disney musicals, it is is filled with magic, innocence and wonder. I mean, who wouldn’t love having a date on a magic carpet flying in the air? There seems to be something in common with just about ALL Disney couples- magic, innocence and wonder.

South Pacific

Well, true this musical has two couples, but it primarily focuses on Emelie and Nellie. Their main love song, “Some Enchanted Evening”, is one of the most romantic love songs I ever heard in musical theatre. That is part of why that song is my favorite song from this musical.

What about you, what musicals have your favorite song as the main love song?

Favorite Love Triangles in the Musical Theatre World

Romance does show up in two forms in musicals. Either they show up through an individual couple or happen by a love triangle. A love triangle forms when three people are involved—-so someone gets unrequited love, a heartbreaking situation to end up in. Some of those love triangles are weak whiles others are strong. So, what are some of my favorite love triangles?

MAJOR SPOILERS

Phantom-Christine-Raoul

This love triangle in found in the musical, Phantom of the Opera. It actually is the prime focus of the musical. Christine and Raoul are the couple while The Phantom has the unrequited love. The Phantom responds poorly to unrequited love- acts in revenge and doesn’t accept it. At least Raoul treats Christine better- they deserve to be together.

It is a mysterious and angelic love triangle. “All I Ask of You” is one of the most beautiful love songs in musical theatre.

Eponine-Marius-Cosette

This trio is found in Les Misérables, and one of my favorite subplots. Marius and Cosette are such an adorable couple and bring hope to the story—-by the way, Marius is actually my favorite survivor in Les Mis. Cosette is supposed to represent hope and light, and Marius is kind, compassionate, and loving. By the way, he is a good friend to Eponine and is worried about (I think that was why he sent her away from the barricade and why he asked why she came back).

Eponine is meant to have the unrequited love, and Marius is the light of her life. She has one of the BEST stories of unrequited love in musical theatre. The way she responds to it is incredible- she accepts it, and risks her life several times for Marius. That explains why she even goes to the barricades- to make sure he is safe- she doesn’t mind sacrificing her life her him. True, her death is heartbreaking in more ways than one- first she is dying and he is devastated, but at least she is happy due to being in the arms of Marius (“A Little Fall of Rain” is such a touching and moving scene).

Elphaba-Fiyero-Glinda

These three make up my favorite love triangle, which is found in Wicked. First, it is the first one I emotionally bonded to—meaning I first became aware of the concept due to it. Second- my favorite musical theatre character is a part of it. Third- the level of complexity it is. Of ALL love triangles in musical theatre I have come across, Wicked has the most complex one.

Explain the unrequited love situation——-not easy to do. Elphaba originally has unrequited love for Fiyero (“I’m Not That Girl”). But there were clues prior to the scene that maybe Fiyero has a crush on her- look carefully at the Lion Cub Scene and the scenes that follow “I’m Not That Girl”. This love triangle seems to develop in the same way the characters do- the love triangle truly matures when the characters do. In act II, there is an unrequited love switch- now Glinda is dealing with it (“I’m Not That Girl (Reprise)”).

In my opinion, the love triangle strengthens the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda. How far will they go to keep friendship alive. Look how they BOTH responded to unrequited love—–they didn’t try to steal Fiyero away. So they wouldn’t let a boy get in between them. So, it really tests their loyalty if you think about it.