Why Do I Want The Positive and Negative Emotions in the Songs In a Musical?

Finally, I will be talking about the songs. Musical songs are incredible and capable of so much. One thing I definitely want in the songs are the positive and negative emotions.

The positive emotions naturally feel good. They also are the strongest. Excitement, love, and joy are the main positive emotions. They happen in two ways: through the musical itself and the experience. Excitement is that kind of emotion that likes to happen during dance numbers and tends to start the show due to the overture. They just naturally work in a musical. Love is a very common musical emotion because in just about every musical, there is always romance and it is a beautiful emotion. So love feels good and is a very beautiful emotion, which is also part of the negative emotions. These emotions in some situations are easier to notice than the negative emotions.

But what about the negative emotions in the songs? Those are much harder to describe why I want them. Those two main emotions are sad and heartbreak and love as well. They are going to hurt in a musical, but at the same time, they give a positive response. Musicals that happen to have sad or heartbreaking songs that are strong enough tend to be the complex musicals. In addition, those that have those songs that are strong enough tend to be the most realistic and it tends to show up in musicals. Love is part of the batch as well due to breakups and unrequited love situations. Heartbreaking and sad songs tend to be these beautiful songs. They can make you cry and can be so powerful that they can give you goosebumps. Of course, these emotions are going to hurt, but when you fall in love with those type of songs, you slowly fall in love with the songs and is connected tot he emotion connection you end up feeling. I began to understand the negative emotions starting in middle school and now as a college student, they truly matured and are more capable than ever before and are more wonderful to feel.  Still it is quite hard to describe why I love feeling the negative emotions in the first place.

Why do You Want the Positive and Negative emotions in the Songs in Musicals?

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Why Do I Want Romance in a Musical?

Romance, the theme in musicals that people either love or hate. Romance is the biggest theme found in the world of musicals. But why do I want it in a musical? A lot of times on my blog I have explained why, but will talk about it again.

Romance is an emotion that translates well to song. It creates these beautiful musical songs. There is a high chance that when you see a new musical that romance will show up. Romance actually can add texture to a musical and that happens whenever romance is shown through the nature of a love triangle. In musicals, characters tend to “fall in love at first sight”, but I don’t mind that because if you think about it, a musical only has two to three hours to tell the story. Due to romance being expected in a musical, it is a wonderful emotion to feel. The couples’ main song is the moment you realize the two have fallen in love. Love songs even range from the breakup and unrequited love songs, which are beautiful songs as well.

 

Why do You Want Romance in a Musical?

Unrequited Love Scenarios in Musicals

I once again am talking about romance in musicals. True, I brought up unrequited love a couple of times before. But there was so many characters who deal with it, but respond in different ways. Some characters poorly respond to it while other characters respond to it in a good way. There are some very unusual and ironic situations when it comes to the unrequited love.

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Elphaba/Glinda- well this is where I find a very odd situation. They are part of a love triangle where they both love Fiyero. Fiyero starts out being this rather cool boy who doesn’t really care much for anything. In the beginning, Elphaba did not like Fiyero. In addition, Fiyero and Glinda started dating so they ended up in a relationship. Well the lion cub scene indicates that Elphaba is indeed fallen in love with Fiyero and after the scene, “I’m Not That Girl”, the unrequited love song, is sung by Elphaba. She doesn’t think she is good enough for Fiyero because she is green and does not try to pursue him because her best friend is in a relationship with them. The unrequited love in this case shows Elphaba and Glinda’s loyalty.

It might seem as if Elphaba will always have the unrequited love, but things do take an unexpected turn. Back to the lion cub scene, if you were clearly paying attention, it almost seems as if Fiyero has a crush on Elphaba, but deep down he doesn’t quite realize it. Act II starts up and Fiyero is listening to all of these rumors spread about Elphaba and he knows they are not true and realizes that Glinda is not the girl for him, but instead it is Elphaba. So you have a bit of an unrequited love shift going on here. Elphaba and Fiyero in my opinion are a better couple than Glinda and Fiyero because they have a better chemistry and their song, “As Long As Your’e Mine” shows a sense of maturity. Glinda responds to the unrequited love in a similar way that Elphaba responds because she too like Elphaba does not try to steal him away from Elphaba.

But still this unrequited love situation between Elphaba and Glinda is quite odd and ironic because they are both involved in the same love triangle, but yet both deal with unrequited love at some point.

Boq- well this is another unrequited love situation in Wicked. I always seem to overlook Boq as there is not as much attention focused on him as there is on Elphaba, Fiyero, and Glinda. Boq obviously has a crush on Glinda, but it is clear that Glinda is just not interested in him. So we have a bit of a love square going on. He responds by staying faithful towards Glinda. He asks her out during “Dancing Through Life” and that is when you know that he has a crush on her, but she says something around the lines of that is so sweet, but instead asks him to go out with Nessa and he does. So his story actually seems to revolve around unrequited love unlike Glinda and Elphaba, whose stories revolve around friendship.

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Nessa-what did I just say? I just said Wicked is home to a love square, but here I just threw in another part of the equation. Nessa, Elphaba’s younger sister, ends up falling in love with Boq. She is someone who does not seem to respond that well to unrequited love. At first, she doesn’t know that Boq doesn’t love her, but the audience does. To keep Boq under her care, she imprisons all the Munchkins since Boq is one himself. So he basically wants Boq all to herself. After seeing that Boq isn’t into her, she responds by trying to cast a spell on him to get him to stay, but the spell goes terribly wrong, which ends up shrinking his heart and all Elphaba knows to save him is to turn him into a tin man, but Nessa places the blame on Elphaba.

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So Wicked has four, not one character deal with unrequited love. That makes it quite an interesting romantic arc. But the main trio is who I focus on the most and that main trio is my favorite of the love triangle.

The Phantom- this unrequited love situation is easier to follow than Wicked’s. In Phantom of the Opera, the love triangle is straightforward so it is always Phantom with the unrequited love. He is yet a second person who does not respond well to the unrequited love. He wants Christine all to himself and does everything in his power to make sure she gets a lead role in the shows. He responds in very destructive and revengeful ways. He threatens the Opera House and threatens Christine when he makes her choose between being with him or killing Raoul. So he honestly does not respond well to the unrequited love even though he lets her go at the end. The Phantom, being as dark and mysterious as him, makes this love triangle so unique.

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Eponine-like seriously, what would an unrequited love post be without Eponine? She like the Phantom has a story that revolves around unrequited love. She is deeply in love with Marius, but he loves Cosette. To understand why she loves Marius so much is to understand her life outside of him. Her life outside of Marius is dark and empty and lonely. She was raised to be a criminal and a thief by her selfish and greedy parents. No one treated her kindly growing up. Marius was the first and only person in her life to treat her with kindness and that is why she loves him so deeply.

Eponine responds by showing true love towards Marius. She would do anything for him. She helps Marius and Cosette get together even though it hurts. She prevents her father and his gang from robbing Valjean’s house when Marius is with Cosette. She may not have been raised right, but at least being in love with Marius makes her a better person and chooses to be loyal to him instead of her parents.

Her unrequited love does take her to the barricade and in the stage show, when Marius noticing that she is there sends her away with a love letter to Cosette in order to protect her. Her unrequited love song, “On My Own” shows just how strong her love for Marius is and how empty her life is. Even though Marius tries to protect her, she still goes back to the barricade and gets shot, but it comes with fatal consequences. Even though her life is so tragic, at least she gets to die in the arms of the man she loves. She like Elphaba, Glinda, and Boq responds to unrequited in a good way unlike the way that Phantom and Nessa respond.

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This is crazily three musicals, but yet there are six characters dealing with unrequited love. The Wicked situation is why there are so many since four characters in that musical go through unrequited love. The love triangle between Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero strengthens the friendship between Glinda and Elphaba because it helps shows their loyalty towards each other. The love triangle between Phantom, Christine, and Raoul is basically the entire story and is straightforward. The love triangle between Cosette, Marius, and Eponine adds more to the love theme in Les Mis. So unrequited love happens in musicals and it is crazy how its still unrequited love, but yet these characters respond in different ways.

Musical Couples from 2012 to Now

Once again, I will be writing another love post. This time, I will write a list from couples that I have come across from 2012 to now, so some musical couples will not be on the list.

  1. Cosette and Marius
  2. Christine and Raoul
  3. Marian and Harold Hill
  4. Nellie and Emelie
  5. Liat and Joe Cable
  6. Ado Annie and Will Parker
  7. Mimi and Roger
  8. Angel and Collins
  9. Maureen and Joanne
  10. Kathy and Don
  11. Catherine and Pippin
  12. Katherine and Jack
  13. Maria and Tony
  14. Audrey and Seymour

This list has quite a wide range of couples. Each of their relationships vary differently. Even the outcome of their relationships are different. Some are them are tragic and don’t end too well and some you don’t think their relationship will last, but it does. So you can tell, most of them are young couples.

What are Musical Songs I Love?

This will be my first Mega list. I will be making a list of my favorite musical songs, which means it will not be limited to just one emotion.

  1. One Short Day
  2. I’m Not That Girl
  3. The Wizard and I
  4. What is This Feeling
  5. Dancing Through Life
  6. As Long As Your’e Mine
  7. Defying Gravity
  8. For Good
  9. On My Own
  10. Bring Him Home
  11. A Little Fall of Rain
  12. What Have I Done
  13. At the End of the Day
  14. Drink With Me
  15. I Dreamed a Dream
  16. Come to Me
  17. Who Am I
  18. Finale/Do You Hear the People Sing
  19. Red and Black
  20. Stars
  21. A Heart Full of Love
  22. One Day More
  23. Do You Hear The People Sing
  24. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
  25. Master of the House
  26. Suddenly
  27. Singing in the Rain
  28. Make Em Laugh
  29. Good Morning
  30. Seasons of Love
  31. Will I
  32. Another Day
  33. One Song Glory
  34. Finale B
  35. I Should Tell You
  36. I’ll Cover You
  37. Without You
  38. The Impossible Dream
  39. Tomorrow
  40. Hard Knock Life
  41. Your’e Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile
  42. I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here
  43. NYC
  44. Let’s Go To The Movies
  45. Belle
  46. Be Our Guest
  47. No Matter What
  48. Beauty and the Beast
  49. Something There
  50. Home
  51. Evermore
  52. If I Can’t Love Her
  53. Gaston
  54. Memory
  55. Mr Mistoffles
  56. Prologue: Jellicle Cats
  57. Some Enchanted Evening
  58. Younger Than Springtime
  59. There is Nothing Like a Dame
  60. Bali Hai
  61. Edelweiss
  62. Sound of Music
  63. Do Re Mi
  64. Climb Every Mountain
  65. My Favorite Things
  66. So Long Farewell
  67. Lonely Goatherd
  68. Seize the Day
  69. Santa Fe
  70. Something to Believe In
  71. Letter From the Refuge
  72. The World Will Know
  73. Santa Fe (Prologue)
  74. Summer Nights
  75. We Go Together
  76. Greased Lightening
  77. Your’e The One That I Want
  78. There Are Worse Things I Could Do
  79. Beauty School Dropout
  80.  Suddenly Seymour
  81. Grow For Me
  82. Somewhere That’s Green
  83. Skid Row
  84. Tradition
  85. Matchmaker
  86. Sunrise, Sunset
  87. Once and For All
  88. Brooklyn’s Here
  89. King of New York
  90. Mamma Mia
  91. Dancing Queen
  92. Music of the Night
  93. Phantom of the Opera
  94. All I Ask Of You
  95. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
  96. Think of Me
  97. As Long As He Needs Me
  98. Where Is Love
  99. Consider Yourself
  100. I’d Do Anything
  101. Magic to Do
  102. Corner of the Sky
  103. No Time At All
  104. Single Joys
  105. King of Woman
  106. Extraordinary
  107. Prepare Ye
  108. We Beseech Thee
  109. Getting to Know You
  110. Shall We Dance
  111. I Whistle a Happy Tune
  112. Let It Go
  113. For the First Time in Forever
  114. Can You Feel the Love Tonight
  115. Shadowland
  116. Endless Night
  117. They Live In You
  118. A Whole New World
  119. Oklahoma
  120. One Hand, One Heart
  121. Somewhere
  122. Something’s Coming

This list really shows just how capable musicals are. It shows a wide range of emotions from love to heartbreak to joy to excitement to sad, which are the five main emotions.

Why I Love the Love Triangle in Les Mis

Yesterday, I talked about Phantom of the Opera’s love triangle and the day before I talked about  Wicked’s love triangle and now today it is time for me to talk about the Les Mis love triangle. The Les Mis love triangle is the second love triangle that entered my life and is between Eponine, Marius, and Cosette. In this post, I will try to explain why I love this love triangle. I know why I love this love triangle, but still seem to have to a hard time putting it into words and that it one of the special things about Les Mis.

In this love triangle, both Eponine and Cosette love Marius and it is Eponine who ends up with the unrequited love. This love triangle is youthful and full of hope and light, but full of pain and heartbreak and those two aspects are reasons why I love it. In my personal opinion, I love the way the love triangle is set up. Since Cosette represents hope and light in Les Mis, it makes sense why she ends up with Marius and why Eponine gets the unrequited love and makes sense because of the switch that happens between the two girls. Cosette and Marius are a beautiful couple and they wouldn’t have gotten together if it wasn’t for Eponine

Eponine is an unique factor in this love triangle and a big reason why I love it. Despite the love being unrequited, Eponine continues to stand by Marius even though he stays oblivious to her love for him. If it wasn’t for Eponine’s empty and horrible life, Marius’ kindness wouldn’t have moved her so much to love him as deeply. All Eponine wants is to feel loved, but she still continues to stay faithful to Marius. It was Eponine that got Marius and Cosette together and she protected Marius and risked her life several times for him. Eponine is my favorite of the characters in the love triangle and one of my favorite characters in the entire musical.

You wouldn’t expect a teenage girl going through unrequited love to respond in the way that Eponine did, but if you think about it, Marius is literally all she has in life and he is the only good in her life and the only person who ever shows her kindness. Because Eponine’s love for Marius is so deep, there is a lot of heartbreak and pain in the unrequited love, but is still strong, which is clearly shown throughout the beautiful and powerful “On My Own”.

This love triangle has two instances where you end up feeling for all three of them at once, which is quite clever. The first is when Marius first bumps into Cosette and the second is towards the end of “A Heart Full of Love” when Eponine joins in. You end up feeling wonderful for Marius and Cosette, but heartbroken for Eponine so you can end up feeling a bit confused about your emotions.

On a side note: this love triangle actually made me realize that unrequited love is a heartbreaking situation to be caught up in. It took an entire year to realize “On My Own” was heartbreaking. It was that song that made me understand “I’m Not That Girl” was heartbreaking, which strengthened Wicked’s love triangle, which isn’t even a straightforward love triangle.

What are your feelings about the Les Mis love triangle? What makes this love triangle unique?

Mystery of Phantom’s Love Triangle

Today, Phantom of the Opera’s love triangle will take center stage. As a bit of background about my journey with Phantom of the Opera, I first heard the songs in 2013 and I instantly fell in love with them and later that year I saw the special 25th anniversary film. Then for Christmas, Santa put tickets in my stocking for me to see the stage show live in Greenville in May of 2014. When I saw the stage show, I was choked up and spellbound by just how beautiful it was.

I feel like I know this love triangle less than the Wicked and the Les Mis one, but I might know more about it than I think I do. It is just I hardly know the characters involved in this. But I have a good feel one the love triangle.

In my opinion, the Phantom of the Opera love triangle is the darkest and the most suspenseful and I think that is where it gets its uniqueness from. The entire plot is basically a love triangle between Phantom, Christine, and Raoul. I am one of one of those Phantom fans who wants Christine and Raoul together, which means I love how the love triangle is set up in the musical. The Phantom is the one with the unrequited love.

The Phantom is the reason why this love triangle has the darkness that it has. I see him as the antagonist of the piece. He has a deformed face, which he is ashamed of  and he has had a horrible past and he is dealing with the feelings of unrequited love after Christine fell in love with Raoul. He doesn’t respond to his situation very well. Honestly, he terrorizes the Opera house and he murders people and he acts in revenge and in response to Christine not loving him, he wants to murder Raoul. In that final scene, he is forcing Christine to pick between him killing Raoul or marrying him. Not the best situation to respond to that situation. Because of how the Phantom responds, I love Christine with Raoul and I love them together because of beautiful “All I Ask of You” is.

While I don’t like how the Phantom responds, I honestly feel bad for him due to the unrequited love and his background. Love triangles are tricky and at least this love triangle is straightforward. I don’t understand why some people want Christine to end up with the Phantom when she isn’t in love with him and he is dangerous to spend time with.

There is still a lot of mystery in this love triangle. This love triangle feels like it is the most complicated, but it really isn’t. It doesn’t have a plot twist like the Wicked one has.

Why do you think this love triangle is dark and full of mystery? Do you like the way this love triangle is set up?