As musical fans know, there is a lot of romance in musicals. It feels as if in almost every single musical, two characters fall in love and sometimes romance is more complicated than that. Sometimes musicals are dealing with a love triangle as well or perhaps there could be a love pentagon or something along those lines. A lot of times, characters seem to fall in “love at first sight”. But what exactly are my opinions on falling in love that quickly in the musical world?
Personally, I have nothing wrong with “love at first sight” in a musical. I understand why that concept seems to happen. Let’s not forget that in a musical, a production only seems to last two to three hours. So as a result, there isn’t time to show people falling in love over the course of a few months or even years especially if romance is only a subplot. Les Mis for instance is a show that has romance as a subplot and Marius and Cosette do fall in love at first sight. That is also true for many other musicals, but the concept works nicely in musicals.
So understanding how long a musical tends to be, I have nothing wrong with “love at first sight”. Love is one of those emotions that easily translates to song and when I mean love, I typically refer to romance. I also don’t think that there is too much romance in musicals even though it is in a lot of musicals. Characters falling in love so quickly seem to bother some fans of musicals because typically, no one falls in love that quickly in real life. But musicals have to convey in that way due to how long a musical is and in order for there to be more than just romance in a two to three hour musical.
What are your thoughts about “love at first sight” in a musical?