Examples of Tear-Reducing Songs

Ever since middle school, I have known about the emotional side of musicals. However, there was something I was blind to. I did know that musical songs could be sad, and that the emotion was common. There was something I would learn the hard way. I would learn I was 100% blind to heartbreak and 100% to just how intense emotions can get in musicals- I would learn this in just one musical: this was discovered in Les Mis. What are some examples of songs I have actually cried during- this is based off seeing it live or any way I have listened to the songs.

  1. I Dreamed a Dreamed
  2. Come to Me
  3. On My Own
  4. A Little Fall of Rain
  5. Drink With Me
  6. Bring Him Home
  7. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
  8. Rent
  9. One Song Glory
  10. I’ll Cover You (Reprise)
  11. Life Support
  12. Will I
  13. Your Eyes
  14. Sun and Moon
  15. Last Night of the World
  16. I’d Give My Life For
  17. As Long As He Needs Me
  18. For Good
  19. I’m Not That Girl
  20. Edelweiss
  21. Beauty and the Beast

As you can see, I am hit the hardest in Les Mis- in any version of that show: I Dreamed a Dream is usually the first moment I become an emotional wreck. Some of these songs actually surprised me. I am starting to have a more emotional response to more and more musicals these days- even the happy musicals are affecting me- as in even they can reduce me to tears at just one moment. For some of these songs, I am only reduced to tears seeing them live, and for others, it doesn’t matter if it is live or not- all it would take is just a listen and I would be crying.

What makes Belle an Effective Opening Number

While the prologue of Beauty and the Beast starts the show, the show doesn’t truly start until the opening number. Both Arabian Nights and Belle are long numbers- but at the same time effective. Why is Belle an effective opening number?

Possible minor Spoilers:

When it comes to Disney musicals, long opening numbers may not make sense. However, there are times where they actually are quite effective. The entire song makes you get to know the entire village Belle lives in. Belle actually opens the song up, and she is the protagonist of the musical. The song also introduces you to Gaston, the villain of the musical. So, in just one number, you know exactly who your protagonist and antagonist are. You get to know exactly what the village thinks of Belle, and you get to know important parts of Belle. Those are things such as that she is a bookworm, and that the town think that she is odd- that to me shows that she is unique. Just like Arabian Nights, you get to know the setting so well in just one number.

Yes, Beauty and the Beast is a romance between Belle and Beast, and that it mostly takes in the castle- but this opening number is crucial. When it comes to a romance- usually one of the characters is more prominent meaning they fit the profile of main character better. That is the case for Belle- the story truly kicks off when she takes her father’s place. So, Belle is truly is the main character of Beauty and the Beast.

How do you know you Have an Emotional Connection?

One of the hardest things to understand in a book, musical, play, or film is how do you know you have an emotional connection. The emotional connection is crucial: it is the want, desire, and reason for loving feeling the emotions: no matter what they are.

Look- the emotional connection is complicated to explain. There has to be a reason for loving what you are feeling. Long after the curtain falls, you usually keep the characters’ alive, but that only happens if the emotional connection exists. There are both positive and negative emotions: look, it is natural to have a want and desire to feel the positive emotion. So, why would you want to feel the negative emotions, which are the ones that hurt- that does come from emotional connection. It really is not easy to describe how you know you have an emotional connection.

One of the reasons comes from being able to relate. I relate to Belle, Anna from Frozen, and Elphaba- so it is very easy to emotionally connect to those three characters for instance. If you relate to characters, the emotional connection is going to exist: but you still need to get into the songs and plot as well.

What about the characters you don’t relate to? Any character I have emotionally bonded with are characters I love. Glinda, Fantine, The Friends of the ABC, The Newsies, Eponine, Aladdin, Jasmine, Simba, Nala, Annie, Roger, Mimi are examples of characters I do love—-some of them I still do not know why I love them and others I know the reason. What I tend to look for in a character is complexity and believability- there have been a few exceptions. Strength, courage, compassionate and romantic are just four of the characteristics I have found in characters I do love. I want characters to be flawed as well- I know that sounds crazy, but it adds to the complex and believability side.

If you go to a musical, and you reach an emotional song——and get emotional or end up in tears, that usually means you formed an emotional connection. If you go a musical, and end up on the edge of the seats—-that also can be sign of emotional connection. If you go to a musical and you are intrigued and want to know what is going happen next—–that usually means you have an emotional connection. If you go to a musical, and at the end you have fallen in love with the musical—–that defiantly means you formed an emotional connection.

Still, describing how you know you formed an emotional connection is not easy.

Who are my Favorite Friendships in Musicals?

I have mentioned more than once who my favorite friendships in musicals are. I now can update that because I can add one more to that list. Even my favorite friendships vary.

Major Spoilers:

Friends of the ABC

  • I have loved Enjolras and the students for (I think) six years now. I love the brotherly bond they share, and it is a bond that makes them feel like family. Enjolras is their leader. They have a cause they truly believe in and have high hopes for it. It is amazing how passionate they are about it. Even when Enjolras gives them a chance to leave to not waste lives, they still keep their ground and stay- their bond is that strong. No matter what- they are still are going to fight- even when they know they are going to loss and loss their lives.

Eponine and Marius

This is an unpopular opinion, but I love their friendship. It may not be in the book, but only in the musical, but I still love that exists in the musical. Eponine and Marius are seen as close friends in the musical. Eponine is deeply and strongly in love with Marius- he is the only person who shows her kindness, and that is why she loves him. Marius is in love with Cosette, but Eponine risks her life several times for him just to protect him and make sure he’s happy no matter the cost. He is all she has in life, and the only good thing in her life. Her unrequited love leads her to the barricade.

Marius is aware that Eponine has a tough life and is worried about her. When he saw her at the barricade, he sends her away with a letter to Cosette: this might seems selfish, but he only sent her away in hopes to protect her from any harm from the barricade. He did not want her to get hurt or killed during the uprising. However, Eponine did come back and sacrificed her life for Marius noticing that he was about to get shot. The wound she got was fatal- the first thing Marius said was why she came back: that was only because he was worried. When she collapsed, he noticed her gunshot wound and realized that she was dying. He was devastated, but he still decided to show her compassion by holding her and comforting her. It may not have been easy on Marius, but at least he was with her- that was all that mattered to Eponine- much more than the physical pain she was in.

Do you know how I know that Marius knew Eponine lived a tough life: it was what he said after she died: “Her name was Eponine. Her life was cold and dark. yet she was unafraid”

A Little Fall of Rain- Eponine and Marius in the movie
A Little Fall of Rain

Newsies

  • The Newsies are a parallel to the Friends of the ABC. Just like them, they have a leader, who is Jack Kelly. The Newsies have a brotherly love for each other, and the Newsies are one family. They have a cause (the strike) they truly believe in, and never give up.
Newsies- The World Will Know
Newsies

Jack Kelly and Crutchie

  • While on the topic of Newsies, I have to bring up the bond between Jack and Crutchie. Jack Kelly is the leader of the Newsies, and is best friends with Crutchie. Crutchie is the most vulnerable of the Newsies because he has a bum leg, and has to walk with the aid of a crutch. Out of all the Newsies, Jack has the closest bond to Crutchie. Jack cares a lot more about his brothers than the strike- it hurts him a great deal when he sees all of the Newsies getting hurt especially when he sees Crutchie getting arrested knowing that his friend will be taken to The Refuge. It is quite an intimate and special bond Jack and Crutchie have- it is strongly shown in the opening number: “Santa Fe (Prologue)”.
Crutchie and Jack Kelly- Santa Fe (Prologue)
Crutchie and Jack Kelly

Cogsworth and Lumiere

  • Is it weird to love a friendship between a talking candle and a talking clock? That is exactly what Cogsworth and Lumiere are. I still do not know what I love about these two.
Lumiere and Cogsworth- Beauty and the Beast Live Action Film (2017)
Lumiere and Cogsworth

Elphaba and Glinda

  • There is no way to have a favorite friendship list without Elphaba and Glinda. That is because Wicked revolves around their friendship. Wicked has two unexpected relationships, and one of them is the relationship between Elphaba and Glinda. They hated each other in the beginning even though they had to be roommates. It was at a school dance when they finally bonded- Glinda made something magical out of Elphaba’s silly dance. They finally were able to become friends. They would not let a boy get in the way of their friendship- they both end up with unrequited love for Fiyero, and they each decide to not pursue him or steal him away from their best friend- yes, Wicked has an unrequited love shift. “For Good” perfectly explains their relationship, and that song is the most emotional song in the musical.
For Good- Elphaba and Glinda

Rent Friends

  • The group of friends in Rent is another group of friends that are like family. They do everything together: Mark, Roger, Mimi, Joanne, Maureen, Collins, and Angel are those group of friends. Sometimes it is a struggle, but there is always love found among all of them.

Aladdin, Babkak, Omar, Kassim

  • I only fell in love with this particular friendship a week ago. I know reasons why I love Aladdin. I barley know Aladdin’s three friends. There is something about seeing all four on stage or just Babkak, Omar, and Kassim that is incredible to watch.

Musicals with Emotional songs

Ever since middle school, I knew about the emotional side of musicals. Emotional songs are part of the strongest musicals- they are part of either love, sad, or heartbreaking song; however there have been a few exceptions. What are the musicals I have been around that have emotional songs?

Les Mis

  • Of course, Les Mis was going to be on here. Les Mis is literally the trophy for emotional moments. It is nonstop tragedy from start to end- at least there are moments that give you a break. Sometimes in the tragic moments, there is hope or compassion. Les Mis is both tragic and inspiring. I have seen the stage show five times: at Halton Theater, Queen’s Theater, and Peace Center. Now, in one month, I may or may not see the stage show again at Ovens Auditorium- one of Blumenthal’s theaters. If it is the stage show or the 25th concert film or the film or the soundtrack, I am still an emotional wreck, and I do not think I will ever be immune to it.

Rent

  • A show very close to how emotional I get in Les Mis belongs to Rent. Just like Les Mis, Rent is a sad musical. I am also not immune to it. In 2017, I had to watch the stage shows of Rent and Les Mis quite close to each other: I saw Rent in September and Les Mis in November. I am an emotional wreck in both of them.

Miss Saigon

  • Miss Saigon is yet another tragedy, but a tragic love story. This year, when I saw the musical for the first time, I knew I would cry at certain times. That was because of Les Mis (after all, those who wrote Miss Saigon also wrote Les Mis). I almost cried during Movie in My Mind, but those tears came out during Sun and Moon (among other songs)- I had such a strong Kim and Chris that I did not want their relationship to end even though I knew it was to be.

Wicked

  • This musical has two songs to get emotional during: “I’m Not That Girl” and “For Good”. Those were actually the first two songs where sad came to the forefront. It is more likely to get emotional during “For Good”- that is the most emotional song in Wicked even though “I’m Not That Girl” is a heartbreaking song. That is because Wicked’s center core is about the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda- “For Good” illustrates their friendship perfectly, but that song is bittersweet.

Newsies

  • This musical has emotional songs as well. Whether that is the sad “Santa Fe” or the heartbreaking “Letter From the Refuge”- it shows that Newsies does have emotional moments. Jack and Crutchie are my favorite Newsies- part of it does come the bond that they share.

Beauty and the Beast

  • It depends on whether or not you are watching the stage show or the live action movie of 2017. Both have a heartbreaking song (If I Can’t Love Her or Evermore). The past couple of times, I have seen the live action Beauty and the Beast, I have gotten a little emotional during the song, Beauty and the Beast. Belle and Beast are actually my favorite classic Disney couple.

Aladdin

  • While Aladdin is a Disney musical comedy, there was a song where I was getting a little emotional. It was during “Proud of Your Boy”, one of the added songs to the stage show. So, a musical can be a comedy and still have their emotional moments.

Conclusion:

  • These are not all the musicals I know of that have emotional songs. They are only just some of them. It just gives a general idea. It is amazing where the emotional songs exist.

Some of my Favorite antagonist/villain songs in musical theatre

I wrote so many lists on this blog. Now, I wonder why in the world did I skip out on the villain/antagonist. I think it has to do with my dislike toward ALL of them- it is true: I really am the not the biggest fans of antagonists and villains despite the fact that without them there would be no story. Here is my list- just to let you know, it might be tiny due to my distaste to some of them. Some of the villain/antagonists I have some kind of connection to. MAJOR SPOILERS

  1. Stars
  2. Javert’s Suicide
  3. Master of the House
  4. Gaston
  5. Be Prepared
  6. Easy Street
  7. Music of the Night (Yes, I consider Phantom the antagonist of Phantom of the Opera)

Some of my Favorite love Songs

Yes, I did this post a lot. I have for some time written lists of some of my favorite love songs. Now, what would I classify as a love song. Well- this only falls under the romance category for now.

  1. As Long As Your’e Mine
  2. I’m Not That Girl
  3. On My Own
  4. A Heart Full of Love
  5. All I Ask of You
  6. A Whole New World
  7. Something There
  8. Beauty and the Beast
  9. Can you Feel The Love Tonight
  10. Something to Believe In
  11. I Should Tell You
  12. Light my Candle
  13. I’ll Cover You
  14. Some Enchanted Evening
  15. Something Good
  16. Till There Was You
  17. Somewhere
  18. Sun and Moon
  19. Last Light of the World
  20. As Long As He Needs Me

What else can you add to this list?