All Love Triangles

Major Spoilers:

Jud x Laurey x Curly- I believe this is one of the weak love triangles. It is only easy to tell that Laurey and Curly are in it. So Oklahoma does make it difficult to know there is even a love triangle in the main romance to begin with.

Ali Hakim x Ado Annie x Will Parker – Oklahoma has a 2nd love triangle, which is not as serious as the main one, but is still weak. Just like the first one, you can only pick up on Ado Annie and Will being in it.

Gaston x Belle x Beast- Now, things are much stronger. I never thought about Beauty and the Beast having a love triangle. I just thought it was only a romance between Belle and Beast.

Ellen x Chris x Kim- Now, we defiantly know there is a love triangle. When I first saw Miss Saigon, which was in Feb., I didn’t want Ellen in the picture. I didn’t want Kim and Chris’s relationship to become tragic- it all had to do with my actor and actress. At the end of the musical, I could tell that Chris always loved Kim- even more than Ellen. His reaction to Kim’s death told me that- that cry was heartbreaking.

Phantom x Christine x Raoul- I am one of those Christine and Raoul fans. I do feel for all three of the characters. However, I do not like how Phantom responds to his unrequited love- he does not accept or cope with it. Christine and Raoul are meant to be with other.

Eponine x Marius x Cosette- I also love this love triangle. I love Marius and Cosette. They are so adorable together and help bring hope to the tragedy. Cosette represents hope and light- so it makes sense why she ends up with Marius. These two are my favorite survivors= in particular Marius. Cosette and Eponine are mirrors= Cosette goes from bad to good and Eponine goes from good to bad.

Eponine is my favorite character in the love triangle. I love her strength, bravery, and loyalty to Marius. She may be a Thenardier, but she still has some kind of goodness inside of her. She risks her life several times all because of the deep and strong love for Marius. It may be unrequited, but he is all she has. He is the only person who has shown her kindness. He is the only good thing in her life. Even though she dies at the end, I love how Marius is there.

Look, some people will say the love triangle is silly, some people say Marius should have ended up with Eponine, and some say that Marius is a jerk- I disagree on all of that. Les Mis is so carefully planned out that if you get rid of ONE thing, the entire story falls apart. That is why it is not silly and that is why Marius needed to end up with Cosette. Marius is not a jerk- I have seen him as a brave, compassionate, sweet, kind, and awkward young man. If he wasn’t brave, he wouldn’t have been a revolutionary and gone to fight at the barricade. If he wasn’t kind, Eponine NEVER would have fallen in love with him. If he wasn’t compassionate, he never would have made the decision to stay with Eponine during her death scene=yes, he was devastated, but he stayed with her- that is compassion.

Glinda x Fiyero x Elphaba- Why do you think I put them last? They are my favorite love triangle. This love triangle is the one I emotionally bonded with first, and where I first discovered the concept. It also is the most complex one I discovered. All three characters are complex- yes, all three of complex even though some would say only Glinda and Elphaba are complex. Fiyero is complex as well- his development and his role in the love triangle are why he is a complex character. Unrequited love: well, both Elphaba and Glinda end up with in this love triangle, and they respond by not stealing him away from their best friend. So, the love triangle shows they will not let a boy get in the way of their friendship.

What are other musical theatre love triangles you can think of?

Oklahoma Review

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Oh What a Beautiful Day

On June 3rd, my mom and I had our 5th theatre date. We ended up seeing Oklahoma at Central Piedmont Community College. As a college graduate, there is something special about seeing a musical at that school. Six years ago, I graduated from high school. In 2012, I started college at CPCC and saw my first show, Godspell, in September there. Then I saw Les Mis November 2013 and both shows were amazing. So I was well aware that CPCC can make their musicals feel professional. So as a college graduate, it felt like things came full circle by going back to CPCC to see a musical.

Here is my history of Oklahoma. I saw the movie, 2014, during a big snow storm, when class was cancelled for about 4 days, and the movie was leant to us. This was when I was still a student at CPCC. As years went by, I forgot about my opinion of it. Did I love it or did I not? I am glad I finally got to experience it in the theatre, and I knew that CPCC would do a fantastic job at it because they have a strong theatre program.

When the overture started, I could tell they had a wonderful orchestra. The moment I heard Ashton Guthrie as Curly start singing “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'”, I knew there was a talented cast. His Curly showed he had a crush on Laurie throughout act I even though Laurey couldn’t tell if she was in love with him. He was a very strong lead.

Steven Martin as Jud Fry was wonderful. His Jud Fry frightened me a couple of times and that showed he did the role well. He really brought out the abusive side of Jud perfectly especially in act II. But sometimes the costumes were confusing when it comes to Jud. Sometimes I couldn’t tell who he was. I got so used to his first costume that I couldn’t recognize him in his other costumes. That was my only problem.

The entire ensemble along with the other principals werewonderful and brought out and was perfect. Songs like “Oklahoma” and “The Farmer and the Cowmen” were delivered wonderfully by the ensemble. This entire cast made me laugh a couple of times.

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I love the various dances throughout the show. It worked how the actors changed the set pieces as the show continued. The transitions happened through background music. The costumes matched the time period and showed. The wonderful thing about Oklahoma in musical theatre history is that Oklahoma really was the first musical of what we know musicals to be. Oklahoma is a wonderful musical with wonderful songs like “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’, “Surrey With the Fringe on Top”, “Many a New Day”, “People Say Will Say We’re in Love”, “Farmer and Cowman” and of course the anthem, “Oklahoma”.