There are reasons why romance exist in the musical theatre. I decided to try to list some of the reasons in this post.
-They provide texture
- This is something that the love triangles do. The love triangles help add complexity. Love triangles are complex in so many ways. You want to satisfy everyone in a love triangle. The problem is there is no way to. One person is always going to end up with unrequited love- the response varies from person to person.
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-They bring hope
- This is true for some couples. One of the couples that bring hope to a musical is Marius and Cosette. Cosette represents hope and light in Les Mis. Hope is one of the strongest themes found in this tragedy. Marius had to survive the rebellion to keep hope alive. Valjean is the one who saved him.
-They play an emotional part
- All romance in musicals add an emotional value to musical. Love is one of the main emotions in musicals. If a musical is light-hearted and mainly happy, having romance is the main emotional value it has. Romance creates these incredible and beautiful songs- no matter what (as in a couple, breakup, tragic love song (due to a tragic love story: like West Side Story) or unrequited love. Fragility, innocence, vulnerability, maturity, and courage all come from romance. The emotions of heartbreak, anger, loneliness, sad, revenge, joy, and love are part of romance.