All I Ask of You Analysis

So far, I mentioned two love triangles in musicals- Les Mis and Wicked. Phantom of the Opera is another, but the difference is this musical is centered around a love triangle. At the same time, there is some unpopular opinion when it comes to the couple found in it. Unlike several fans of the musical, I love the Christine and Raoul pairing. “All I Ask of You” is the romantic duo the two of them sing, which is very gorgeous and angelic. It really does show their love for each other.

RAOUL
No more talk of darkness,
Forget these wide-eyed fears
I’m here, nothing can harm you
my words will warm and calm you
Let me be your freedom,
let daylight dry your tears.
I’m here with you, beside you,
to guard you and to guide you…

CHRISTINE
Say you love me every waking moment,
turn my head with talk of summertime…
Say you need me with you now and always…
Promise me that all you say is true
that’s all I ask of you

RAOUL
Let me be your shelter
let me be your light
You’re safe, No one will find you
your fears are far behind you…

CHRISTINE
All I want is freedom,
a world with no more night
and you, always beside me, to hold me and to hide me…

RAOUL
Then say you’ll share with me
one love, one lifetime
let me lead you from your solitude
Say you need me with you here, beside you…
anywhere you go, let me go too
Christine, that’s all I ask of you…

CHRISTINE
Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime…
say the word and I will follow you…

BOTH
Share each day with me,
each night, each morning…

CHRISTINE
Say you love me…

RAOUL
You know I do…

BOTH
Love me – that’s all I ask of you
Anywhere you go let me go too
Love me – that’s all I ask of you…

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phantom of the Opera

Raoul and Christine are meant for each other. As expressed in “All I Ask of You”, Raoul clearly loves Christine. In the song, you can tell that Christine trusts Raoul that he will protect and comfort her. She has obviously been frightened by the Phantom, and in this moment, Raoul is quick to comfort Christine even though he still doesn’t believe the Phantom exists- after all, he is still new to the Paris Opera House.

The melody is so romantic showing how much the two of them love each other. Yes, Raoul doesn’t believe Christine at times, but he loves her. Christine says “all I want is freedom” and Raoul does say he will give her that and his love. The Phantom, on the other hand, is too dangerous and violent, and will not give her what she wants.

Musical Unpopular Opinions

Everyone has unpopular opinions. What exactly are some of mine?

Stephen Sondheim

Not the biggest fan of him

Hamilton

I am actually not the biggest fan of Hamilton.

Christine and Raoul

I love the two of them as a couple. Christine loves Raoul, as proven in “All I Ask of You”. Raoul truly does care about Christine. Yes, he messes up at times, but the best characters are flawed. He wants to protect her from any harm. I don’t get people wanting Christine and the Phantom together- that would result in a very toxic and unhealthy relationship.

Les Mis’ Love Triangle

The love triangle in Les Mis isn’t silly. It is meant to be set up the way it is. If you change any detail in that musical, the entire storyline starts to fall apart. Marius and Cosette bring a lot of hope into this tragedy: while they do survive, they still have their tragedies. At the end of Les Mis, all they have left is each other.

Cosette and Marius

I actually want these two together. They bring a lot of hope into this musical. They are such an adorable couple. Cosette is supposed to represent hope and light. Yes, at the end of the musical, they loss everyone that meant something to them. Except for each other. Marius lost all of his friends, and Cosette lost her adopted father.

Eponine and Marius

I love these two as friends. A LOT of people say Marius never treated Eponine fairly, but I disagree. He was always a good and kind friend to her. Even Eponine would say he was kind to her. He was the only good thing in her life. Marius was worried about her: he actually knew she had a rough life.

The barricades do say a lot. Yes, he did send her away with a letter to Cosette, but it wasn’t out of selfish intentions. He was only trying to protect her. Then when Eponine came back and collapsed, that is when Marius realized she was dying. He was devastated and decided to stay with her- this shows he really did value their friendship.

Marius is Kind

This is actually about who Marius is. A lot of people say that he is a JERK. That is far from the truth. Marius is a romantic, awkward, sweet, kind, compassionate and brave revolutionary. He is one of the students who fights during the uprising. He is close friends to Enjolras and Eponine. Marius is the only kind and good person in Eponine’s life. While he is oblivious to Eponine’s love for him, he is still a good friend. Marius struggles with a lot- his political conflict with his grandfather, his passion for the uprising, his love for Cosette, and his friendship with Eponine. Can’t people remember something—–Eponine never told him she loved him.

Explain his actions in act II. He is brave due to fighting on the barricades. He is worried about Eponine noticing her there. Hoping to keep her safe, he sends her away with that letter. He doesn’t want her to return, but she does. This does end tragically due to Eponine shielding Marius from a bullet. You really can see the level of compassion he is capable of- even though he is devastated, he still decided to stay and comfort her. Marius is actually the only survivor of the barricades- he was ultimately saved by Valjean (Valjean went to the barricades to rescue the young man his daughter loves).

Marius and Raoul Analysis

This is actually my 1st Guest Post. I choose to do Celeste first because of how important she was and still is important to my blogging journey. Celeste actually was my first blogger who really became my first amazing faithful follower to my blog- as in liking, reading, and commenting on my posts. I believe she really was the first dedicated follower to my blog.The two of us formed an incredible relationship.

Yes, while Celeste no longer has a blog, I am glad she decided to stay on wordpress. One thing the two of us share in common with musical theatre is loving both Marius and Raoul. I wanted to see her thoughts on the characters.

Celeste’s Post: Possible Spoilers Ahead

Meg asked me to write a post about the characters Raoul and Marius from The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, respectively. Like Meg, I love these two characters very much. Particularly in the case of Raoul, I would go so far as to say that he’s my favorite character in his musical. I guess that a major reason why I find myself being so outspoken about my love for Raoul and Marius is because I think that a majority people who are fans of their respective stories don’t like them very much.

I won’t get too much into all of the reasons that I’ve heard for people disliking these characters, but I think that one of the main ones I see come up time and again is that people don’t like the romantic pairings that they each end up in. In the case of Marius, people feel like he made a poor choice in choosing Cosette. In Raoul’s case, people don’t like that Christine chose him instead of the Phantom. 

While, personally, I like both the Marius x Cosette and Raoul x Christine pairings, I also think that both Marius and Raoul are outstanding characters outside of the romances they are tied to.

Particularly in the case of Marius, we see a character for whom romance is only one part of his storyline. He’s a character who, like everyone else in Les Misérables, suffers. He suffers rejection from his grandfather. He suffers the loss of his friends. While it ends up all right in the end, he also thinks for a time that he’s lost Cosette. Throughout it all, though, Marius is kind, loving, and courageous. Marius, in my opinion, is one of the characters that the audience is supposed to feel the most sympathetic towards throughout the whole musical. “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” is, for me anyways, one of the single most emotional songs/scenes in Les Misérables. He’s haunted by the memory of his friends and their deaths. He’s haunted by their dreams which have been left unrealized and unfulfilled. He has to grapple with the fact that he “live[s] and [they] are gone.” There have been times that I’ve watched or listened to Les Misérables and have cried almost all the way through. “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” is, however, amongst all that sadness and pain one of the saddest moments for me.

When it comes to Raoul, we have a character whose role is much more firmly tied to the romance of the musical. Raoul’s role in The Phantom of the Opera is mostly relegated to being Christine’s love interest. I suppose it makes sense, then, that people who don’t like the “Raoulstine” pairing aren’t big fans of Raoul. I, personally, find him an admirable and sweet character, and I think that that is manifested very clearly throughout his actions in the musical and I do love the Christine x Raoul love story. Raoul is someone whom, perhaps, some people find a little boring. Personally, I don’t find him boring. I think he’s very brave, sweet, and kind. Raoul isn’t, of course, a perfect character. He does have moments where he fails to truly listen to Christine and/or believe what she’s saying. Despite these failings, however, Raoul is quick to comfort Christine and to try to help her. “All I Ask of You” is a song that is really meant, initially, to comfort Christine. He starts off telling her that he’s there for her, and Christine finds reassurance in him being there. She wants him to assure her of his love for her, because she feels safe with him and trusts him deeply. Christine knows that Raoul is someone who wants to provide her with what she needs and wants, while the Phantom is not so willing to do this. Christine says in “All I Ask of You,” “All I want is freedom….” As we see in the ending sequence of the musical, the Phantom denies her requests for freedom until the very last moment where he lets her go. Raoul, in the meantime, was willing to die for Christine to be able to have the freedom he knew she so desperately wanted. In “Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer,” when the Phantom makes Christine choose between marrying him (the Phantom) or having Raoul die, Raoul sings, “Christine, say no! Don’t throw your life away for my sake. I fought so hard to free you…” Raoul’s life is on the line, and all he’s thinking about is Christine’s freedom. For all that Raoul may have failed to listen at other points in the musical, it’s clear that he was listening when Christine was telling him what she wanted: her freedom. The Phantom doesn’t truly understand this until the end of the musical, and perhaps not even then. While “All I Ask of You” is definitely one of the best Raoul moments in the musical, I personally think his strongest moment is in the final sequence because we see there the fulfillment of what was being sung about in “All I Ask of You.”

Both Raoul and Marius are, I believe, noble and kind characters. That, above anything else is what makes me love them so much. If anything, all of the hate that they receive almost makes me feel compelled to love them even more! I still think that if I were to make any changes to The Phantom of the Opera, I would probably give Raoul a solo song. This, I think, would probably make him more sympathetic to a lot of audience members who may still not like him, but might feel their hearts soften to him a little bit. I think that both Raoul and Marius are such sweet characters and I’m always happy to talk about how much I love them! 

This is actually a post I wrote about the two of them: back to me. Like Celeste, it has been made known that I love Marius and Raoul.

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/why-i-love-raoul-and-marius/

Underrated Romantic Characters

Yes, in musicals there are characters we love and characters we dislike. However, some of the ones we love are unpopular opinions. Some of those characters are hard to understand why people dislike them. So, what are some underrated characters- mine belong to two romantic characters?

Raoul

While, I still barley know him, I know that he is a sweet and kind person. He would protect Christine from any harm. He belongs with her, and they are such a sweet couple. They create a healthy relationship. I don’t understand why people want Christine and Phantom together- that would be a very unhealthy relationship plus Christine never loved the Phantom. She loved Raoul a lot more.

Marius

I have examined him a lot more over the years. He is this sweet, kind, compassionate, awkward, and brave revolutionary. He is close friends with Enjolras and Eponine, which is an added part to the musical. He only is more of an acquaintance with Eponine in the book and isn’t close to the Friends of the ABC- in the book, he is friends with Courfeyrac.

So, my interpretation of Marius is a combo of book and musical. By reading the book alone, I realized he is more complex then I thought he was. In the musical, some of Marius’ relationships are changed- ones that I love. He is actually best friends with Enjolras and friends with The Friends of the ABC. In addition, he is best friends with Eponine. The awkwardness is the newest thing I learned about Marius, which I discovered through Joshua Grosso. His relationship with Cosette is so adorable, and glad to see him and Jillian Butler twice- both times, he had an adorable relationship with Cosette. Joshua Grosso and Jillian Butler have become my favorite Marius and Cosette pairing and individually as the characters. Marius struggles between four things- the political conflict with his grandfather, his passion for the uprising, his love for Cosette and his friendship with Eponine.

In terms of Eponine, Marius is the only good thing in her life, and she sees him as kind. Marius’ compassion is strongly shown during “A Little Fall of Rain”- yes, he was devastated that she was dying from a gunshot wound, but decided to stay with Eponine to comfort her. Due to seeing Joshua with different Eponines’, I was able to almost look at things a bit differently- however still decided to focus more on comforting Eponine during that scene, but his response at the kind was a bit different- the heartbreak was shown two different ways. He was the only survivor from the uprising, and he strongly showed his heartbreak during “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”.

Do you agree with me about these two? In your, opinion, who else should be added to the underrated list?

Musical Movies I Would Recommend

If you live outside of a place that isn’t well known for musical, there still has to be a way to exposed to musicals. Well, this is when musical movies and filmed stage shows come in handy. In addition, musical movies are one of the easiest ways to fall in love with musicals especially during this crisis. What are some of my recommendations.

Les Mis

Well, the 2012 movie was how I fell in love with Les Mis. What I really loved about this movie is how the actors were singing live on set. It has a combo of film actors and stage actors. Yes, the plot can seem confusing at first or even too heartbreaking. But if you search deeper, you will realize the musical is also uplifting and inspiring. It is the easiest to start with the movie: to get used to the plot and fall in love with the songs.

Phantom of the Opera- 25th Special

Well, I saw both the film and 25th special. The 25th is the actual stage show- as in the Original. You have incredible actors. Les Mis may have the 25th and 10th concert films, but not the best way to start with Les Mis. Phantom of the Opera is hauntingly beautiful- the songs show that.

The Greatest Showman

Even though it is not a stage musical, it still is an incredible movie musical. Hugh Jackman really shines at P.T. Barnum: he actually was better in this role- he was Jean Valjean in the Les Mis movie, but shines a lot more as Barnum. The spectacle, the talent, and the songs together are why I would recommend this musical.

Newsies- The Filmed Stage Show

The stage show is SO much better than the movie. It makes the main character, Jack Kelly, more complex and with the addition of Katherine, you get a strong female voice in a cast that is extremely male-based. The filmed stage show has some Original Cast Members. It also is home to mind-blowing dance.

Sound of Music

If you want to start with Rodgers and Hammerstein, I would recommended Sound of Music. It has the incredible Julie Andrews playing Maria. From its exciting numbers to the heartwarming story about music and family to the incredible batch of characters. If you actually fell in love with this movie, I would recommend heading towards Oklahoma, South Pacific, Cinderella, and King and I. Nothing can go wrong with Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Aladdin- Live Action

Disney is an incredible way to start seeing musicals. What I love about the live action movie is that it actually develops well-loved characters further. With the addition of “Speechless”- it makes Jasmine a much stronger character. The actors who play Jasmine and Aladdin are incredible. It is one of the most magical Disney films.

Beauty and the Beast- Live Action

This is such a magical movie. It really shows how “beauty can from within”. It mostly takes place in a castle with enchanting objects. The dance between Belle and Beast is one of the most magical scenes in Disney. With the addition of “Evermore”, it makes the Beast even more complex.

Rent-Final Broadway Cast Film

Rent is truly a story about how to live life. It is talking about living your life in the moment and in love. It focuses on a life of friends in a year during the HIV/AIDS epidemic . Because this is the Final Broadway Cast, you have an incredible cast. It is extremely relevant to now- considering the crisis we are in the middle.

If you are looking for a feel good story, then Mamma Mia is for you. Based on the songs of ABBA, you have an incredible collection of songs. Played by incredible actors. In addition, if you are looking for another feel good story, I would recommend Singin’ in the Rain as well.

Conclusion:

I included a lot of incredible musicals to start with. It has the musicals from the feel good stories to more heartbreaking stories. I also can recommend the musical movies of Oliver, Music Man, and Fiddler on the Roof. That is what I have for now.

What musical movies can you add to this?