How Romance Varies From Musical to Musical

Yes, this is yet another musical post about romance. It is not just the songs that make me love a romance in a musical. They also interest me because of how well varied they are. A lot of couples are young and sometimes there songs are magical and innocent or they can be quite mature or they are not a heterosexual couple. Some romances are part of a love triangle, which complicates things even further, but can add texture to a musical.

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Elphaba and Fiyero, my favorite couple, are part of a love triangle. Glinda is the third wing of this love triangle and it started out with Glinda and Fiyero being a couple, but through a twist of turns, he ends up with Elphaba. So because this love triangle involves two best friends and a plot twist, it makes it quite a fascinating and complex love triangle. Elphaba and Fiyero may be young when they sing “As Long As Your’e Mine”, but the song shows they are a mature couple. I feel like this love triangle develops in the same way the characters do. It matures in the same way the characters mature. All of three of them become more mature in the second act and that is when the love triangle matures.

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But then the romance situation is different in Phantom of the Opera, which is yet a second love triangle. But in this trio, everything is darker and more mysterious, but at the same time innocent and beautiful. The Phantom is the hugest reason why this love triangle is so unique. The love between Christine and Raoul is so beautiful and that clearly shows in “All I Ask Of You”.

But then the Les Mis love triangle is way different than the love triangles in Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. This love triangle is full of so much hope and light, but at the same time filled with so much pain and heartbreak. The romance between Marius and Cosette helps bring light to this tragic tale and they are innocent, but a wonderful couple. But when it comes to Eponine, despite the love being unrequited, she continues to show true love towards Marius.

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But in Rent, the romance is different yet again. This one has three different couples. Roger and Mimi are the main couple and even though it has some problems, I think they make a wonderful couple and they both are HIV positive. Roger is unwilling to enter a relationship with Mimi at first, but eventually does. But then Angel and Collins, a gay couple who are both HIV positive, make the most of their relationship. Then you have the quite problematic lesbian couple between Maureen and Joanne because Maureen is always flirting with other guys.

Beauty and the Beast has a different scenario than the couples I have already mentioned. Belle, the protagonist, ends up being a prisoner in the Beast’s castle. She ends up teaching the Beast that he so much more to offer. The Beast starts out with an anger problem, but over time, he changes and realizes there is love in his heart. Belle learns that beauty comes from within. This couple is magical and develops over time, which is different from the couples who fall in “love at first sight”.

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Another favorite couple of mine is Jack and Katherine. Their song, “Something to Believe In”, brings out a magical quality along with some innocence, but what makes this couple different from the romance between the Beast and Belle if both shows are Disney? Well, Jack is the leader of the Newsies and Katherine is the reporter of the strike. So the characters are different. Jack goes through a lot of inner conflict throughout act II, but Katherine helps him get through it.

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So you see, musical couples are unique because they are so varied. The couples I have brought up really shows just how varied musical couples can be. The songs are the first step to fall in love with a couple, but then you got to look at the nature of the romance. Another reason to fall in love with a couple belong to the characters and if you end up loving both of the characters, you learn to love the romance between them. Even the emotion of love translates well to song and so do the love songs about breakup and unrequited love. All of my favorite couples are loved for a reason.

Do you love romances for more than just the songs? Do you think couples vary from show to show? What is your favorite musical couple?

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How I Feel About “Sung Through” Musicals

One type of musical that exists are the “sung- through” musicals. Those are the ones that are pretty much all sung with just a few lines of spoken words. What exactly are my opinions on those musicals? Well, I have nothing wrong with the “sung-through” concept especially because three of them are favorite musicals of mine. The first is Rent, the second is Phantom of the Opera, and my all-time favorite “sung-through” is Les Mis.

Rent is a musical I have loved since Fall of 2012. The closest I ever got to seeing it live is the final Broadway cast film. Now, on Saturday, I am going to see it live for the first time. It is “sung-through” and such a meaningful musical. It reminds you of how precious life is and teaches you how to live life, which is in love. There is nothing wrong with it being “sung-through” because it is one of the best ways to tell this story. It takes place during the HIV/AIDS epidemic when it was really not a good time and there is a lot of fear and uncertainty. It is about these group of seven friends and their life in a year. Its score is so wonderful.

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Another favorite “sung-through” musical of mine is Phantom of the Opera. It is a show filled with so much mystery. It is basically a love triangle between Christine, Raoul and the Phantom. It is very haunting, but at the same time very beautiful. Christine and Raoul are a very sweet couple and they belong together. The Phantom, who loves Christine, has had a very bad life as people have judged him for his deformed face and have showed him love or even compassion. He acts as Chrsitne’s “Angel of Music” and wants her all to himself. Even though he doesn’t respond well to the unrequited love, he is why this love triangle is so exciting and filled with so much mystery. It makes sense why it is “sung-through” because it takes place during the Paris Opera House. It score is so full of mystery and darkness through the haunting songs, but its songs are also very beautiful.

My all-time favorite sung-through musical is Les Mis. Due to Victor Hugo’s book being so covered with several emotions, it makes sense why Les Mis is “sung-through”. It is heartbreaking, but filled with love, hope, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, humanity and redemption. It is a wonderful story about ex-convict Jean Valjean and his journey on becoming a better person after given a second chance at life when the bishop sets him on the right path. But he is always on the run from Javert even when he is raising Cosette after he makes a promise to her mother, Fantine.

It has this wonderful love triangle where you can feel the hope and light and the heartbreak and pain found in it. Eponine is deeply in love with Marius, but Marius loves Cosette. Despite that, Eponine would do anything for Marius even if he wouldn’t do the same for her.

Then there is the uprising that Enjolras is leading and they are so passionate and hopeful towards the cause. There is something so human about this story. Its score brilliantly captures the heart and soul of all of these characters. Describing the plot is so complicated and I cannot even fully say why I love it so much.

What are your opinion on “sung-through” musicals.

Posters and Paintings in my Room

In my room at college, I have posters of Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, and Pippin and two paintings with quotes from Les Mis. I love all four musicals and they all bring something unique to the musical world. In this post I will talk about why I love each of these musicals.

Wicked- this was the musical of the four that I have loved the longest. It has been part of my for eleven years and was the first musical I saw on Broadway. Everything about this musical feels Ozian. The dancing, the spectacle, the songs, character names all feel Ozian. Now I love the musical for the dance, spectacle, songs, characters, and story. The center core of Wicked is friendship, which is between Elphaba and Glinda and then on top of that there is the complex, mature, and strong love triangle where the two best friends are involved, who are both in love with Fiyero. These three characters are the characters I find the biggest emotional connection to.

I have such a strong emotional connection to Wicked. I began to understand the emotional nature through Wicked. So Wicked has changed me for the better and sparked my love for musicals.

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Phantom of the Opera- I first heard the songs in 2013, but did not see the musical until 2014. I find this musical to be both haunting and beautiful. The plot is basically a dark and mysterious and beautiful love triangle between the Phantom, Raoul, and Christine. Its songs are gorgeous and is spellbinding and when I saw it for the first time, I was choked up. Raoul and Christine make up such a beautiful couple, which is part of the reason why I love both of them. What makes the Phantom so interesting is that he is so mysterious and dark.

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Pippin- I first saw this musical two years ago. It was “Corner of the Sky” that got me interested in seeing the musical. This musical uses circus elements for the spectacle and that is one reason why it is unique. Like Wicked, it is a Stephen Swartz musical so it has an incredible score. Its antagonist, the Leading Player, is the narrator of the piece, which is interesting and she is such an intriguing characters because she is so crafty, manipulative, dark and at times playful. She is even more intriguing then the protagonist, Pippin, who is trying to find where he belongs.

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Les Mis- there is lots to say when it comes to this musical, which would turn my love of musicals into a passion. Les Mis taught me that tragic musicals exist and yes, I already discovered the emotion of sad before Les Mis, but this musical brought me to the emotion of heartbreak. It has an emotional nature that is so powerful that it is so hard to describe its capability level. This story feels so human so I find the center core of this musical to be about humanity. Its score is brilliant and well-crafted and reduces me to tears. Its characters are so complex and incredible, which range from the ex-convict and compassionate Jean Valjean, the obsessive and strict Javert, the loving and tragic Fantine, the innocent Cosette, the sweet, revolutionary and romantic Marius, the brave and loyal Eponine, the greedy and neglectful Thenardiers, and the passionate Enjolras . There are so many ways I love this musical.

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But what do all four of these have in common? For starters, the most obvious is that they have songs I love, which is the first step to loving a musical. Found within the story is a romance aspects-only one of them does not have a love triangle, which is Pippin. They all share the emotions of excitement, love, and joy. It is amazing how varied their plots and characters and songs are. One of them has a score that feel Ozian, one has a score that is so haunting and beautiful and the other one has a passionate, epic and powerful score.

Describing Musical Soundtracks

Today, I decided to describe some of my favorite musical soundtracks.

  1. Les Mis- revolutionary, passionate, epic, heart-renching
  2. Wicked- fun, exciting, Ozian
  3. Sound of Music- exciting, heartwarming
  4. Newsies- passionate, exciting, fun
  5. Beauty and the Beast- fun, exciting, magical, romantic, heartwarming
  6. South Pacific- exciting, romantic
  7. Pippin- exciting
  8. Man of La Mancha- hispanic-sounding
  9. Annie- exciting, optimistic
  10. Music Man- fun, exciting, light-hearted
  11. Phantom of the Opera- haunting, romantic, beautiful
  12. Rent- life
  13. Grease- exciting, fun

How would you describe some of your favorite musical soundtracks? Are the words I picked accurate?

Favorite Openings in Musicals

These are some of my favorite openings in musicals.

Wicked- I love this opening because the dragon on the set breathes fire and the monkeys start the show, which quickly transport you to OZ. The monkeys open up the curtain.

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Les Mis- what makes this a wonderful opening is its overture leading up to the action. When I saw Les Mis in the West End, all it took was hearing the first couple of notes to get invested in the story. The opening notes of Les Mis are what makes this opening wonderful

Newsies- the opening is wonderful due to a wonderful overture. The opening scene is what really makes it memorable. You are introduced to Jack Kelly, the main character and leader of the Newsies. You learn of his close bond to Crutchie, who has a bum leg. Jack’s relationship to Crtuchie is how you quickly get emotionally bonded to the plot

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Pippin- the opening of the reveal of Pippin is one of the best ever. At the beginning, there is an illusion of the leader player in the curtain and she just appears and acts as the narrator of the musical. So the moment the curtain drops, you automatically become wowed by all of the circus elements you are seeing.

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Phantom of the Opera- the opening for me begins after the auction scene at the beginning. The overture is so beautiful and I just couldn’t take my eyes of the chandelier for the entire overture. It happened three years ago and I was spellbound by the time the overture started.

What are your favorite openings in musicals?

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?

Adjectives Describing Musical Love Triangles

This is another post about romance in musicals. This time I will focus on the love triangles. The love triangles have been part of my life for eleven years now. On today’s post, I will just write a list of adjectives describing the different love triangles combining them. These are words coming from both sides-the couple and the person with unrequited love. The love triangles can be varied in many ways. In this list, I am not going to mention where these adjectives even come from. Honestly, some of the words are words I just don’t like one bit.

  1. Hope
  2. Light
  3. Youthful
  4. Complicated
  5. Heartbreaking
  6. Dark
  7. Mature
  8. Courage
  9. Murder
  10. Emotional
  11. Confusing
  12. Questioning
  13. Ironic
  14. Haunting
  15. Fascinating
  16. Innocent
  17. Fragile
  18. Vulnerable
  19. Immature
  20. Mysterious
  21. Strong
  22. Angelic
  23. Painful
  24. Lonely
  25. Loyal
  26. Revengeful
  27. Hateful
  28. Beauty
  29. Shocking
  30. Insightful
  31. Unexpected
  32. Tricky
  33. Suspenseful

Just by looking at the words above, it shows just how mixed love triangles are. Some of these words are in more than one love triangles and some are in only one. Still, some of these words I don’t like.  I have nothing wrong with a love triangle in a musical. It is hard because it is hard to satisfy all three  and one of them is going to get hurt in the end.

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What are some of your favorite musical love triangles?