Yes, this is yet another musical post about romance. It is not just the songs that make me love a romance in a musical. They also interest me because of how well varied they are. A lot of couples are young and sometimes their songs are magical and innocent or they can be quite mature or they are not a heterosexual couple. Some romances are part of a love triangle, which complicates things even further, but can add texture to a musical.
Elphaba and Fiyero, my favorite couple, are part of a love triangle. Glinda is the third wing of this love triangle and it started out with Glinda and Fiyero being a couple, but through a twist of turns, he ends up with Elphaba. So because this love triangle involves two best friends and a plot twist, it makes it quite a fascinating and complex love triangle. Elphaba and Fiyero may be young when they sing “As Long As Your’e Mine”, but the song shows they are a mature couple. I feel like this love triangle develops in the same way the characters do. It matures in the same way the characters mature. All of three of them become more mature in the second act and that is when the love triangle matures.
But then the romance situation is different in Phantom of the Opera, which is yet a second love triangle. But in this trio, everything is darker and more mysterious, but at the same time innocent and beautiful. The Phantom is the hugest reason why this love triangle is so unique. The love between Christine and Raoul is so beautiful and that clearly shows in “All I Ask Of You”.
But then the Les Mis love triangle is way different than the love triangles in Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. This love triangle is full of so much hope and light, but at the same time filled with so much pain and heartbreak. The romance between Marius and Cosette helps bring light to this tragic tale and they are innocent, but a wonderful couple. But when it comes to Eponine, despite the love being unrequited, she continues to show true love towards Marius.
But in Rent, the romance is different yet again. This one has three different couples. Roger and Mimi are the main couple and even though it has some problems, I think they make a wonderful couple and they both are HIV positive. Roger is unwilling to enter a relationship with Mimi at first, but eventually does. But then Angel and Collins, a gay couple who are both HIV positive, make the most of their relationship. Then you have the quite problematic lesbian couple between Maureen and Joanne because Maureen is always flirting with other guys.
Beauty and the Beast has a different scenario than the couples I have already mentioned. Belle, the protagonist, ends up being a prisoner in the Beast’s castle. She ends up teaching the Beast that he so much more to offer. The Beast starts out with an anger problem, but over time, he changes and realizes there is love in his heart. Belle learns that beauty comes from within. This couple is magical and develops over time, which is different from the couples who fall in “love at first sight”.
Another favorite couple of mine is Jack and Katherine. Their song, “Something to Believe In”, brings out a magical quality along with some innocence, but what makes this couple different from the romance between the Beast and Belle if both shows are Disney? Well, Jack is the leader of the Newsies and Katherine is the reporter of the strike. So the characters are different. Jack goes through a lot of inner conflict throughout act II, but Katherine helps him get through it.
So you see, musical couples are unique because they are so varied. The couples I have brought up really shows just how varied musical couples can be. The songs are the first step to fall in love with a couple, but then you got to look at the nature of the romance. Another reason to fall in love with a couple belong to the characters and if you end up loving both of the characters, you learn to love the romance between them. Even the emotion of love translates well to song and so do the love songs about breakup and unrequited love. All of my favorite couples are loved for a reason.
Do you love romances for more than just the songs? Do you think couples vary from show to show? What is your favorite musical couple?