Musicals with Romance in It

This is another list post. Valentine’s day was last week. I know this could be a long list, but I decided to write a list of musicals with romance in it, which is quite a long list, but will only include those that are stage musicals.  Some of these have love triangles and some do not. Some of these have more than one couple. Romance is the most common theme found in musicals so it is expected. Romance creates some of the most beautiful songs and create this wide range of couples and those are reasons why I love seeing romance in musicals. This does not include every musical I saw, but includes most of the ones I have seen,, but all of them are stage musicals.

  1. Wicked
  2. Les Mis
  3. Phantom of the Opera
  4. Sound of Music
  5. South Pacific
  6. Pippin
  7. Rent
  8. Grease
  9. Cinderella
  10. Annie Get Your Gun
  11. Beauty and the Beast
  12. Music Man
  13. Newsies
  14. Lion King
  15. Aladdin
  16. Fiddler on the Roof
  17. Oklahoma
  18. West Side Story
  19. Hairspray
  20. Little Shop of Horrors
  21. Frozen
  22. Dear Evan Hanson
  23. Miss Saigion

Based on this list, there are several musicals with romance in it. Are there any other ones you can think of?

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Spiritual Themes of Les Mis

Today, I decided to focus on the various spiritual themes in Les Mis and where they are located in the musical. There will be some overlap between these themes so some scenes might repeat sometimes. SO THIS WILL BE A HEAVY SPOILER POST.

Love: in various ways 

Love for God:

1. First is shown in the bishop scene. The bishop clearly loves God. It is shown through how he shows forgiveness, compassion, and mercy on Jean Valjean. The bishop allows Jean Valjean to have a second chance at life.

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2. Another obvious scene is during “Bring Hime Home”. This is the scene where Jean Valjean is praying to God to make sure Marius survives the barricade. Jean Valjean went to the barricade to protect Marius because Cosette, his adopted daughter, loves Marius.

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Love for a Child:

1 Fantine’s selfless love for Cosette- She is a single mother was abandoned by Cosette’s biological father so she is left to care for Cosette by her self. At the time was dangerous to have an illegitimate child so she leaves Cosette in the hands of the Thenardiers, but little does she know how horrible they will treat her child. After getting fired from Valjean’s factory, she literally sells her locket, her hair, and her body in order to care for her child. She is willing to die in order that Cosette has a better life. So she is selfless when it comes to Cosette.

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2. Valjean’s Love for Cosette- Valjean adopts Cosette after her mother dies. Even though Cosette is not Valjean’s biological father, Cosette makes such a huge impact on his life. It makes even more compassionate than before. She allows Valjean to be a kinder person and later because of how much she loves Cosette, he goes to the barricade to protect Marius, the love of her life. He is willing to sacrifice his happiness for the sake of Cosette’s.

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Romantic Love: Love Triangle

1. Cosette and Marius – These two make such an adorable couple. They are perfect for each other and help add hope to the story. They are meant for each because Cosette represents hope and light so these two need to be together.

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2.  Eponine and unrequited love- Eponine loves Marius, but he loves Cosette. But the way she responds to unrequited love is amazing. She will do anything for Marius to make sure he is safe and happy. That is why she makes sure Cosette and Marius end up together. That is why she screams at Valjean’s house to protect Marius even though it means standing up against her father. That is also why she takes a bullet for Marius at the barricade. She is willing to sacrifice everything even though Marius is the only good thing in her life and that to me takes a lot of strength. She falls in love with Marius because of the kindness he shows her.

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Love for Friends:

1. The love found between all the students is incredible. This love found these friends is so inspiring. They have such a brotherly love for each other. They are a group of college students who are a political group who are planning an uprising against France’s weak government. At the barricade, they eventually realize they will eventually lose and die, but yet they still fight.

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Love for the Law:

1. Javert-Love for the law is quite a weird one. Javer does have this love for the law. He strictly follows it. He believes “once a crminal always a criminal”. After Valjean broke parole, which is against the rules, Javert is determined to capture Valjean send him back to prison. But once love for the law is very odd.

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Hope: 

1. Fantine- Yes, I said there will be some overlap. Fantine has hope that her daughter, Cosette, will have a better life.

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2. Eponine- Marius is the light of her life. He is all she has in life. Her love for him is extremely strong and deep. He is the only person in her life that shows her kindness. Throughout the show, she is always true love towards Marius even if it means losing him forever.

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3. Cosette- She represents hope and light. As a child, she was terribly abused. But she still has hope she will be rescued and she eventually is by Jean Valjean. When she becomes a teenager, she falls. in love with Marius.

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4. Marius- His love for Cosette is hope.The love for each other brings hope to the story. If these two didn’t love each other, Marius would have died at the barricade.

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5. Enjolras, Marius and the students- These guys have hope for the rebellion. That is mostly shown in act I. Even in act II< they hold on that hope even when they realize they are going to die and lose. But they still have hope that others will eventually stand up against the weak government. They are so passionate about the cause that they are willing to die.

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Forgivness: 

1. The bishop scene- After Valjean steals the bishop’s steal, the is able to forgive Jean Valjean and shows him an incredible act of mercy. The bishop gives Jean a second chance at life.

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2. Valjean forgiving Javert- Javert is Valjean’s enemy but is able to forgive Javert. At the barricade, Valjean lets Javert go and end up forgiving Javert and this takes Javert by surprise.

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Compassion: 

1. Valjean showing compassion to Fantine-This happens in two ways. First shows compassion to Fantine by intervening to protect Fantine from being arrested. Then as Fantine is dying, she is still concerned about Cosette and Valjean promises to raise Cosette as his own and this gives Fantine peace and comfort as he is dying. Valjean stays with Fantine as she his dying.

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2. Marius showing compassion to Eponine- This is mainly shown at “A Little Fall of Rain”, Eponine’s death scene. After Marius realizes that Eponine is shot and is dying, this totally devastates Marius, but he still decides to be with her and comfort her while she is dying. Eponine is dying because she takes a bullet for Marius. Marius totally cares for Eponine and he holds her until she dies. It it hard on Marius, but he shows comfort to Eponine.

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3. Valjean and Cosette- Valjean is able to show compassion to Cosette. He is able to rescue her from the Thearndeirs. When realizing that Cosette is being terribly abused by the Thearndiers, he is thankful that he rescues Cosette. He promised he would raise Cosette after her mother dies. Not only does he keep his promise, but he rescues Cosette from a life of abuse.

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Sacrifice: 

1. Fantine- Like I said, themes seem to overlap each other. Fantine is willing to sacrifice everything including her life in order to care for Cosette. She is such a selfless mother willing to die to make sure her child gets a better life than she had.

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2. Eponine- She risks everything for Marius. Even though he is the only good thing in her life, she is willing to make sure that Marius ends up with Cosette. Everything she does it out of love for Marius. Her love for Marius shows that she has a spark of goodness left in her and that shows she is kind of different from her parents. She is willing to sacrifice her life so that he will survive the barricade.

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3. Students- Due to how passionate these students are, they are willing to die for the cause they strongly believe in. They are college students and they all die for this upswing. Enjolras, the leader of the group, is the most passionate  about this cause, which makes his death very heartbreaking. The students also are willing to die even if they know they are going to lose.

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4. Jean Valjean- He is willing to sacrifice his happiness for the sake of Cosette’s. When he finds out that she is in love with Marius, he goes to the barricades in order to protect Marius to make sure he comes out alive. When Marius gets seriously injured and falls unconscious, he carries Marius through the sewers and makes him strive the barricades. Another scene he shows sacrifice is when he turns himself in when an innocent man is accused of being the “real” Valjean and he can’t bear to see an innocent man get sent to prison because Valjean knows what is like.

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Humanity: From worst to best

1.Thenardiers- They represent the very worst of society. They only care about themselves and money. The first scene you realize they are quite abusive is when you see how they treat Cosette. Then during Master of the House, you realize they are in fact pick pockets. After Cosette gets rescued by Jean Valjean, they start using abuse on Eponine, their daughter. They raise her to be a thief and criminal and they fall into extreme poverty. AT such a young age, they kicked Gavroche, their song out of the house. Then with both Eponine and Gavroche die at the barricades, the Theanrdiers don’t even care. They do not love both of their children.

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2. Javert-He is this obsessive policeman who has a very shady view on the world. He views the world in black and right and believe that no one can change. He is further up in humanity than the Thenardiers. He always tries to do good even if it may not be the right thing to do.

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3. Eponine- She is a young girl who doesn’t have a lot of good things happen in her life. She lives with parents who abuse her and teach her the ways of being a criminal and forces her to participate in their schemes. The entire family falls in to extreme poverty. She falls in love with Marius, but that loves falls unrequited. She falls in love til him because of the kindness she shows her. I think the reason why she has s park of goodness in her is mainly because of Marius. Her love for Marius is quite strong and deep and constantly shows true love towards him. She eventually takes a bullet for Marius and dies in his arms.

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4. Students- they are a group of college students who are planning an uprising against France’s weak government.

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5. Fantine- She is a selfless mother who does anything in order to provide for Cosette. Even during her death, she is still concerned about Cosette, but Valjean agrees to raise Cosette as his own.

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6. Cosette- She represents hope and light. After Valjean rescues her, she lives a very sheltered life, but i don’t blame that because Valjean is always on the run from Javert. But Valjean gave her a better life. She is such a sweet person and she falls in love with Marius and their love help provide hope to this tragic tale.

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7. Marius- He is such a nice, sweet, and a little awkward law student. who is capable of an arming amount of bravery and compassion. His bravery comes from being willing to be part of the rebellion. His compassion is mainly shown through how much he cares about Eponine. When Eponine is dying, he ends up staying with her and comforting her and holding her while she dies even though this devastates Marius. He is the only survivor from the barricade and eventually realizes that Valjean is the reason he is alive and ends up thanking Valjean.

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8.   Jean Valjean- He starts out as being a harsh, hateful, and angry man and it doesn’t seem like he will become a better person. But then he meets the bishop who teaches him the ways of the Lord. The bishop shows him compassion and forgiveness and mercy by allowing him a place to sleep and food to eat and forgives Valjean after stealing his silver.  These actions gives Valjean a second chance at life and is determined to become a better person. It is why he rescues Fantine from being arrested, why he turns himself in when an innocent man is accused of being the “real” Valjean. He even promises Fantine that he will raise Cosette.

All of his actions he does after the bishop scene he does out of the example the bishop teaches him. He shows compassion to a number of people. He rescues Marius from the barricade. He raises Cosette. So you see as the show continues he continue to becomes a better person.

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9. The Bishop- Even though the bishop plays such a small role in the musical, his role is crucial. If he didn’t show compassion and forgiveness, to Valjean, there really wouldn’t be a story. Valjean would have stayed a hateful and angry and harsh man if it wasn’t for the actions the bishop does. He shows compassion by allowing Valjean a place to sleep and food to eat and is able to forgive Valjean.

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So you see , Les Mis deals with various levels of humanity. You have the the very worst and the very best and those in between.

Redemption: 

,1. Jean Valjean- Valjean goes on a path to redemption after the mercy shown to him from the bishop. By the end, he become a very saintlike and compassionate person despite his years in prison.

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Because Les Mis deals with so many areas of these spiritual themes, it makes Les Mis so much more than just a tragedy. It has this beautiful underlying spirituality, which is what I am able to relate to. It is why this tale is so inspirational. It is why it is not too depressing and why I am not sick and tried of it.

Candy and Critters

Every year at Gardner Webb, they have this event called Candy and Critters, which happens around Valentine’s Day. This event actually happened on Valentine’s Day. It allows students to make stuffed animal and create a box of candy. Usually students are only allowed to make one stuffed animal, but this year someone from student activities said we could another one if we waited till 4:45. I made two, which are two bears. Below I will talk more in detail about the bears and what I named them and why.

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This is a picture of me and my suite mate with some friends. All five of us did end up making more than one stuffed animal.

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Above is Tiedye. It is pretty obvious why I named it tiedye. Not only does it look like a tiedye pattern, it also is pretty colorful.

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The bear above is named after a musical character. Before the event, I have never named a stuffed animal after a musical character so I decided coming into the event I will do exactly that. Here’s the thing: I tend to name stuffed animals over what they look like and I needed to name it after a musical character I love. That bear is my Eponine. I felt like it looked like a name from Les Mis and Eponine automatically came to mind. Not only does it have heart-shaped patches on it, but the hearts have stitches around the edges. Those patches reminded me of a broken heart that needed to be minded. Because the patches and bear are brown, it reminds me of Eponine’s trench coat and hat.

 

Love Musical Songs: Not Just Romance

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I decided to write a list of love musical songs. I did this kind of post on Sunday, but this time will have romantic song along with any sort of love. Once again, I will bring up unrequited love or breakup songs.

Major and Minor Spoilers:

Santa Fe (Prologue)- this song highlights the intimate and special bond found between Jack and Crtuchie. It highlights their friendship really well and shows that they are best friends.

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Carrying the Banner (just any group number really)- Carrying the Banner really highlights the friendship and brotherly love all the Newsies have for each other. It is the first time you notice their bond. But than again any group number shows their relationship, but is the strongest when Jack is there since he is the leader of all the Newsies.

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Something to Believe In- this is the romantic duet between Jack and Katherine. There is just something beautiful song that just pulls you into and makes you love the two. They are perfect for one another. There is just something magical about Disney love songs.

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For Good- this song is the most emotional song in Wicked. It really shows just how much Elphaba and Glinda mean to each other. It shows just how special their bond is. They are best friends who have changed each other for the better. The friendship found between Elphaba and Glinda is the very core of the musical.

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As Long As Your’e Mine- this is the romantic song from the musical. Elphaba and Fiyero’s love for each other is unexpected. This song really shows just how much these two have matured. Elphaba had unrequited love for Fiyero at the beginning of act I and somehow ended up with Fiyero. In act II, Fiyero was able to notice that he does truly have romantic feelings for Elphaba.

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I’m Not That Girl- This is an unrequited love song that Elphaba sings. She literally sings it right after finding out she is falling in love with Fiyero. She accepts her situation right away and I don’t blame her since Glinda is her best friend. Her love for Fiyero isn’t that strong at that point.

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Suddenly- this is the original song from the movie of Les Misérables. It highlights Jean Valjean’s love for Cosette. This is the first time Jean Valjean has become a father. He never thought he would be a father. But when he had to become a father after he mother dies, he had no idea just how much impact Cosette will have in his life.

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On My Own- this is the 2nd unrequited love song on this post. This is about Eponine’s unrequited love for Marius. Eponine’s continually shows towards Marius. She will risk her life several times to make sure Marius is safe and happy. On My Own highlights her life outside of Marius and just how strong her love for Marius is.

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A Heart Full of Love- this song beautifully conveys the love triangle. It mostly is a duet between Marius and Cosette, but towards the end Eponine joins in making you want to feel for all three of them.

Drink With Me- I couldn’t decide what song best represents the students in Les Mis. They have this beautiful friendship. It reminds me of the friendship found between the Newsies. This in particular shows the vulnerable side of their relationship. They are just showing their love for each other in such a special way. By this point, they know they are going to fail and know they will most likely die and are wondering would their loved ones remember them. But there is something about this song that shows the vulnerable side of the students.

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A Little Fall of Rain- I wanted to somehow express the friendship found between Eponine and Marius. For whatever reason, Eponine’s death came to mind. It shows just how much Marius loves Eponine as a friend and shows that he does care about her. Eponine loves Marius unrequitedly and she recently took a bullet for him and that is why she is dying. But for whatever reason, this does highlight their friendship. Marius is extremely devastated in this scene, but still shows Eponine compassion by never leaving her side and stays brave for her. If Marius was never kind to her, Eponine’s life would be much darker and she never would have fallen in love with him. It is weird how I would pick this song in particular to represent their friendship, but for whatever reason it works.

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All I Ask of You- this is such a gorgeous duet showing the love of Raoul and Christine perfectly. It shows how much they love each and how they are perfect for each other.

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All I Ask of You (Reprise)- Yes brought up another unrequited love song. This shows the unrequited love that Phantom has. It shows us how hurt he is, but he can’t seem to accept the situation. This song makes you feel sorry for him, but is not enough to forgive him for all the harm he has caused.

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If I Can’t Love Her/Evermore- these two songs are very similar to each other. The Beast knows that if Belle doesn’t love her, he will be cursed to stay a beast forever. In If I Can’t Love Her, he has no idea if he will love Belle or not, but he has softened up but when he sings the song for a second time, he has already fallen in love with Belle but has no idea if Belle loves him. He has made the ultimate sacrifice by letting Belle go. Evermore is very similar to If I Can’t love her in many ways. It carries the same kind of heartbreak and proves that he does love Belle and will always keep him in his heart.

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No Matter What- this highlights the love Belle and Maurice have for each other.

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Beauty and the Beast- this is the moment where you realize the two have fallen in love.

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Something There- this is when Beast and Belle start to notice they have feelings for each, but the two have no idea it will turn into them falling in love. But it is one of the first steps to the two fallen in love.

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Some Enchanted Evening- this is one of the most romantic numbers in musical theatre. Emelie is singing about his love for Nellie.

This Nearly Was Mine- at this point Nellie has broken in love with Emelie. So Emelie feels heartbroken. I feel like the emotions associated with breakup are similar to those found in unrequited love.

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Younger Than Springtime- as excepted, Rogers and Hammerstein musicals tend to have two romances. The second relationship in South Pacific is found between Liat and Joe Cable. The result ends up being tragic. But Younger Than Springtime highlights their love for each other. They accept each other, but little do they know it will eventually have tragic results.

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Something Good- this song is so beautiful and really shows the love the Captain and Maria have for each other.

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Sixteen Going on Seventeen- once again Rogers and Hammerstein go with the double couple route. This song is between Lisel and Rolf and shows their relationship.

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I Should Tell You- this is the moment where Roger is willing to be in a relationship with Mimi. He struggles with wanting to be in a relationship with Mimi due to what happened in his last relationship. But he finally wants to be in a relationship with Mimi. This song perfectly highlights their love for each other. While they may not be a perfect couple, they are a realistic couple. Both of these two have HIV, which makes their relationship difficult at times.

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I’ll Cover You- just like Roger and Mimi, these two have HIV. But knowing they are both going to die, they make the most of their relationship.

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Till There Was You- this song brings an emotional element into Music Man. Marian helps Harold Hill become a better person. They finally are able to express their love for each other in this song.

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Can You Feel the Love Tonight- just like Something to Believe In and Beauty and the Beast, there is something magic about this love song that pulls you in.

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A Whole New World- like already mentioned on this post, A Whole New World is another magical Disney love song.

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Finale B- I had no clue how to express their friendship that well. But I feel like their friendship and bond can easily be shown during Finale B. Previously, Mimi had a near death experience and survived. But this song just highlights their bond in a beautiful way I believe.

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As Long As He Needs Me- this is an extremely heartbreaking song. Nancy is in love with Bill Sikes, which is not even close to a healthy relationship. Bill Likes constantly abuses her, but she never leaves him. As long as Bill needs her, she will stay in a relationship with him. She continues to stand by his side no matter what. This song highlights her love for Bill even though it is too dangerous for her in stay in relationship with him.

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Somewhere- yes, I don’t love West Side Story. But I do love Somewhere from the musical. As this musical continues the songs gets sadder and sadder. This is one of the most heartbreaking songs from the musical. After all, West Side Story is based off of Romeo and Juliet. This happens after Bernado and Riff are killed during a massive fight between both gangs. I just really love this song.

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So here is wonderful list of what love is like in the musical world. Here showcases love for a friend, romantic love- including breakup and unrequited love song, and familial love. I wish I could have brought up other aspects of love, but couldn’t think of a song to represent it.

What Makes Romance so Common in Musicals

What is noticed about the world of musicals is how often romance exists. It seems to exist to almost every musical, but why is it like that. Romance is this love/hate emotion due to some people hating it in musicals and some people love it in musicals. Part of that is the problem of “love at first sight”, but makes sense due to the length of a musical.

In my personal opinion, romance is so common due to it being such an universal emotion. Romance also translates very easy to song and the couples are provide a different reason for being in the musical for the first place. Harold Hill and Marian bring an emotional nature to Music Man since the show focuses on just positive. Then with Emelie and Nellie, the entire show is a love story between them. With Marius and Cosette, they help bring light to the tale. Being an easy emotion to translate to song, it sounds so beautifully and couples can help you develop an emotional connection to the two characters in romance. But then again, romance does exist in the form of a love triangle and in that situation adds texture to the piece and shows how characters react to unrequited love.

What do you think? Why do you think romance is so common in musicals?

 

Favorite Romance Songs in Musicals

Since it is near Valentine’s Day, I decided to write a list of my favorite romantic songs in musicals. After all, romance is the biggest theme in musicals. They can be part of just a couple or more advanced in the form of a love triangle. This list is also going to include unrequited love or breakup songs. They are not listed in any sort of order.

  1. As Long As Your’e Mine
  2. I’m Not That Girl
  3. A Heart Full of Love
  4. On My Own
  5. Some Enchanted Evening
  6. Twin Soliloquies
  7. Younger Than Springtime
  8. This Nearly Was Mine
  9. As Long As He Needs Me
  10. Something There
  11. Beauty and the Beast
  12. If I Can’t Love Her
  13. Evermore
  14. A Whole New World
  15. Can You Feel the Love Tonight
  16. I Should Tell You
  17. Your Eyes
  18. I’ll Cover You
  19. Sixteen Gong on Seventeen
  20. Something to Believe In
  21. All I Ask Of You
  22. Till There Was You
  23. Somewhere
  24. Suddenly Seymour

Just based on this list, it shows just how varied romance in musicals can be.

What I Love About Angel and Collins

Major Spoiler Alert:

Angel and Collins is the second couple from Rent that I talked about on this series. The first one was about my favorite couple in the show, Roger and Mimi. But Collins and Angel are also an incredible couple. This couple is so controversial in a way. Collins and Angel after all is a gay couple. Just like Mimi and Roger, Collins and Angel both have HIV. Collins and Angel knowing they are going to die from HIV, they make the most of their situation. Their main song, “I’ll Cover You”, expresses their love so strongly and shows that they are making the most of their situation. Angel and Collins teach the rest of the group how to live in the moment and to love. Then when Angel was dying, Collins took care of Angel and that scene really does show how much those two love each other.

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