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.

Only Romance Numbers of Musical Theatre

In the world of musical theatre, we experience a variety of emotions. They are known to be emotional, but each one takes you on a different emotional journey. There are five core emotions- excitement, joy, love, sad, and heartbreak (while the other sprout from those). Romance is known to be one of the most common themes- shown either in the form of a couple or a love triangle.

Romantic Songs- Including Breakup and Unrequited Love

  1. As Long as Your’e Mine
  2. I’m Not That Girl
  3. A Heart Full of Love
  4. On My Own
  5. All I Ask of You
  6. Something Good
  7. Sixteen Going on Seventeen
  8. Ten Minutes Ago
  9. People Will Say We’re in Love
  10. Some Enchanted Evening
  11. This Nearly Was Mine
  12. Younger Than Springtime
  13. As Long as He Needs Me
  14. Something There
  15. Beauty and the Beast
  16. If I Can’t Love Her
  17. Evermore
  18. A Whole New World
  19. A Million Miles Away
  20. Can You Feel the Love Tonight
  21. Something to Believe In
  22. Till There Was You
  23. I Should Tell You
  24. Light My Candle
  25. I’ll Cover You
  26. Rewrite the Stars
  27. Tonight
  28. One Hand, One Heart
  29. Somewhere

Conclusion

As you can notice from the list above, there is a LOT of romance songs in musical theatre. Some musicals are love stories and some musicals have romance as a subplot.

Musical Theatre Love Songs- Romance

There are different kind of love songs when it comes to musical theatre. When we hear the word, love, we think of romance. Romance is actually a pretty common theme in musicals and usually happens in young characters, but there have been a few exceptions. So, what are those songs, as in couples?

The Songs

  1. Something to Believe In
  2. Can You Feel the Love Tonight
  3. Something There
  4. Beauty and the Beast
  5. A Million Miles Away
  6. A Whole New World
  7. As Long as You’re Mine
  8. All I Ask of You
  9. A Heart Full of Love
  10. Rewrite the Stars
  11. Love Song
  12. One Hand, One Heart
  13. Tonight
  14. Somewhere
  15. I Should Tell You
  16. Light my Candle
  17. I’ll Cover You
  18. Take Me or Leave Me
  19. Till There Was You
  20. People Will Say We’re in Love
  21. Ten Minutes Ago
  22. Some Enchanted Evening
  23. Younger Than Springtime
  24. Something Good
  25. Sixteen Going on Seventeen
  26. Sun and Moon
  27. Last Night of the World
  28. Suddenly Seymour

Conclusion

A lot of the time, I fall in love with a couple based off of their main love song. The main love song makes it easier to tell if two characters have fallen in love as opposed to a book. Most likely when you see a new musical, you will find romance, which will exist either in the form of a couple or a love triangle.

Wicked- 2006 to 2021

It is amazing to think of a musical’s journey in your life. Wicked really has changed a lot throughout the years. What is crazy to think is that is has always been the same story, characters, and songs.

The pictures below are from 2006 and 2013, as in the first and third time I saw the musical. During the first two times I saw the musicals, I was able to understand emotional connection along with the emotional and complex side to musicals. Wicked was also the musical where I first picked up on the concept of love triangle. During those two times- there were four core emotions: excitement, love, joy, and sad.

Then during the second and third time, I knew there were still answers to discover about the love triangle- I thought the only thing I still didn’t understand was the plot twist. During high school, there came a point where sad just stopped developing. So sad wasn’t able to turn into heartbreak in the musical theatre world. I knew which characters in the musical I was most connected to- Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. I also knew that each time I saw Wicked, I discovered new things about them.

It was the 4th time when Wicked really went through some unexpected changes- as in between the 3rd and 4th time and while watching it. Due to Les Mis entering my life, I was able to pick up on the emotion of heartbreak. “On My Own” was key to helping me realize “I’m Not That Girl” was heartbreaking- after all both are unrequited love songs. So there there were still two things I needed to learn about the love triangle- the heartbreaking nature of “I’m Not That Girl” and the plot twist. By this point, I already knew a LOT about Elphaba- the caring, strong, courageous, and determined character.

Something really took me off guard during the 4th time- new emotions existed that I never felt. “No Good Deed” was emotionless since 2006, but when I saw the musical in 2016 with my university, I finally felt emotions- anger and frustration. I even understood the plot twist better- Fiyero had a crush on Elphaba since Shiz- after all, his interactions with Elphaba during the Lion Cub scene and the fact that he couldn’t stop thinking about the scene. What my actor did was brilliant- Ashley Parker Angel decided to have stronger chemistry with Elphaba but weaker chemistry with Glinda. I even saw a new characteristic in Elphaba- talkative.

What happened this 5th time? Like usual, I teared up during “I’m Not That Girl” and “For Good”. But, did I discover anything new. Well, I picked up on Elphaba’s love for Fiyero sooner during the Lion Cub Scene- they still were being a bit playful despite arguing a bit. Actually two characters mentioned “will you let anyone else talk?” to Elphaba. Well, I saw more signs helping foreshadow that plot twist- both Elphaba and Fiyero couldn’t stop thinking about the Lion Cub scene, and Fiyero is the one who looked the hardest for Elphaba (makes sense if you love her). Fiyero is a character who seems to develop the most in speaking scenes, and is hard to understand.