All Love Triangles

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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?

The Importance of Backstories of Musical Theatre Characters

I can’t believe I never talked about this on my blog: the importance of musical theatre characters’ backstories. Why do they matter?

The backstories shape the characters into who they are. It is one of the aspects that make musical theatre characters complex. I prefer complex characters over simple characters. That is because they are more “real” than the simple ones.

Eponine:

What would Eponine be if she wasn’t raised by the Thenardiers? Yes, it is a horrible upbringing. If she wasn’t raised to be a thief and criminal, and ended up being unloved and neglected, Marius wouldn’t have meant anything to her. See what I mean- her upbringing is a huge reason why she is the Eponine we know her to be.

Elphaba:

What would Elphaba be if she wasn’t born green? What would she be if her father didn’t love her growing up? Part of her complexity comes from how she was raised.

Phantom:

Who would the Phantom be if he wasn’t born without a deformed face? Due to how to he was treated because of it, it lead him to become ashamed of it. See what I mean.

The pattern continues with a number of characters. What happens to anyone growing up makes them who they are. Backstories are important to anyone. Backstories can be tragic- but the results are different: their actions show that- look how Phantom dealt with it versus Eponine. Phantom dealt with his pain in a negative way while Eponine dealt with her pain in a more positive way. Some backstories are not tragic at all- it still made those characters who they are.

Do you agree? Do backstories help shape a story into who they become? Does it believe it makes a character complex?

Analysis of the Phantom

One of the reasons why Phantom of the Opera’s love triangle is so amazing is due to the Phantom. He makes it so mysterious and dark. He deals with unrequited love, but does not it take it very well. He is in love with Christine, but Christine is in love with Raoul. He seeks revenge on both of them. So he deals with it in destructive ways. He plans to kill Raoul since Christine loves Raoul. He just cannot seem to accept it either. He grew up not knowing what love or compassion is. He is taken fun of and humiliated for his deformed face. For whatever reason, he does not take unrequited love well. He will do anything to make sure Christine is the lead in the shows at the Opera even if it means threatening the opera, which includes making a backdrop fall. In the final scene, he makes Christine choose between staying with him or if she doesn’t killing Raoul. What a very high stakes decision. She ends up kissing the Phantom. At the very end, he lets both of them go. But still that does not forgive his actions. He makes this love triangle very unique and full of mystery.

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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 has 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 she 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 arc.

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.

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 on this 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?

Love Triangles in Musicals

One of the best parts about musicals is romance itself. It translates well to song and is such a beautiful emotion. One fascinating type of love comes from a love triangle itself. There are three love triangles that easily come to mind when I think of a love triangle. They are ones from Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, and Wicked. The plot of Phantom is basically a love triangle between Christine, Raoul, and Phantom. Than there is the love triangle in Les Mis, which happens between revolutionary Marius, brave Eponine, and innocent Cosette. But my favorite love triangle is in Wicked, which is between Elphaba, Glinda and Fiyero. The rest of this post will focus on these three love triangles more in detail.

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First up is the love triangle in Phantom. This is the hardest love triangle to explain. I hardly have gotten to know this love triangle. I am one of those people who actually appreciate Raoul and Christine together. They are my favorite characters in this musical. Many people hate Raoul because he falls in love and Christine chooses him. That makes no sense at all because Raoul is such a wonderful guy. Christine and Raoul were childhood sweethearts. I love Raoul and Christine together and have nothing wrong with Phantom getting stuck with unrequited love. Phantom’s story basically revolves around this unrequited love. He seems to be a little too obsessed with Christine, which leads him to do destructive behaviors. I honestly have no idea how to describe this love triangle. Phantom of the Opera would lose a lot of its charm if Christine choose the Phantom.

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The next love triangle I am going to talk about is the one in Les Mis, which is between Eponine, Marius, and Cosette. Once again, I appreciate Marius with Cosette even though I love Eponine more than both of those characters. One of the best things about Les Mis is the switch between Eponine and Cosette, which is why it makes sense that Eponine gets the unrequited love and that Cosette ends up with Marius.

When Cosette and Eponine were children, Cosette was horribly abused by Eponine’s parents and they treated her like a servant. Cosette was quite unloved and broken on the inside, but was full of so much hope. Eponine’s parents, especially Madame Thenardier, seemed to love Eponine and they would spoil her. Well things take a turn when Valjean arrives to take Cosette away. While Cosette was rescued, Eponine was stuck with the Thenardiers her whole life.

After Cosette was taken away and ended up getting a better life, Eponine got the same treatment that Cosette got. She became so unloved, abused, lonely and neglected. She was taught the skills of the criminal world and how to steal and to lie. Her parents did not care for her. Once the two girls got older, Cosette’s life improved a lot while Eponine’s life became even worse. Both girls did fall in love with Marius, but Marius only has eyes for Cosette. Marius appears to treat Eponine unfairly, but he never once did. All Eponine has in her life in Marius and that’s it and is why her unrequited love is so heartbreaking and why she loves Marius as much as she does.

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Eponine does anything for Marius. She locates Cosette for him and protects him when her father and his gang tries to rob Valjean’s house. All of her actions are done out of love for Marius and that might seem like a weakness, but in reality it never was. Marius was the reason why she rose above her upbringing. Marius is what kept her going even though it led to tragic consequences. She does decide to join Marius at the barricade and Marius noticing that she is there asks her to deliver a letter to Cosette. He was only trying to protect her from the uprising (Gavroche delvers the letter in the movie).

Eponine finally was able to accept the fact that Marius will never be hers, but she will stick by his side no matter what. Well, Eponine does return to the barricades and while climbing over she gets shot and her wound ends up being fatal (in the movie, Marius was about to get shot and Eponine sacrificed her life to save Marius). Marius does decide to stay with Eponine until she dies, but she is happy being in the arms of the man she loves. Eponine’s fate is perfect just the way it is. This leaves Marius devastated and he truly knew just how dark Eponine’s life was. Literally right after she died, he said to the students “her name was Eponine, her life was cold and dark, yet she was unafraid”.

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Valjean, learning through the letter that Eponine gave him, he realized that his adopted daughter loves Marius. Valjean heads over to the barricade to make sure Marius comes out alive. He prays to God to save him and Valjean has to end up carrying Marius after he fell unconscious. Valjean takes Marius through the sewers. Marius is the only survivor of the uprising and he has to struggle with survivor’s guilt. Cosette helps him recover from his wounds. Marius and Cosette get married, but they still have lots going on. Marius lost both Eponine and all of his friends at the barricade and Cosette had a horrible childhood. In the book, Marius has a lot going on especially with his home life. On the night of Cosette’s wedding, Marius and Cosette head over to see Valjean, but discover that he is dying. Cosette had to watch her adopted father die and all Marius and Cosette have left is each other.

This love triangle as a matter of fact adds a wonderful texture to Les Mis. The switch between Eponine and Cosette fascinates me. Marius did love both Eponine and Cosette, but in different ways. Marius loved Eponine as a friend and did care about her and he loved Cosette in a romantic way. One of the most overarching themes in Les Mis is love itself: not just romance. It has love for the law, love for a parent, love for a child, love for a country, romance: both requited and unrequited, but ultimately love for God. So it is completely fitting that there is a love triangle in Les Mis. The love triangle is not silly one bit. Marius is such a sweet, compassionate, and caring guy and I don’t think he ever was a jerk to Eponine.

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Last but not least there is the love triangle in Wicked. The love triangle in Wicked is my favorite love triangle and has been the one that has been part of my life the longest. It is between Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. The romance is quite important in Wicked, but not as important as the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda. When Fiyero first arrives at Shiz, Elphaba does find Fiyero bit too annoying and a bit kind of rude. Fiyero invites everyone to a school dance and this is when Glinda and Fiyero date for the first time. There was this day in class when Doctor Dillamond was taken away and a new teacher comes in and Elphaba spots this scared lion cub trapped in a cage. Out of anger, she cast a spell on the class and for some odd reason it didn’t affect Fiyero. Both Fiyero and Elphaba run out in an open field to free the lion.

Through the conversation they have, Elphaba realizes that she actually loves Fiyero. “I’m Not That Girl” is a heartbreaking unrequited love song, but not fully heartbreaking in the fact that Elphaba just discovered she loves Fiyero. There was a time when I didn’t view “I’m Not That Girl” as a heartbreaking song because at the time, I didn’t understand what it meant for a musical song to be heartbreaking. But I did know the song was sad and through the help of “On My Own” and memorizing the lyrics, I realized that the song was heartbreaking, which actually strengthened and deepended the love triangle, which gave the musical a bigger sense of vulnerability.

The last time I saw Wicked, I began to wonder about Fiyero. The way he was interacting with Elphaba before “I’m Not That Girl” and afterwards when we learn he couldn’t stop thinking of the scene with the lion cub. I started to wonder if Fiyero actually had a crush on Elphaba without even realizing it.

Out of a major plot twist, Fiyero actually breaks up with Glinda and realized that he loves Elphaba. He hates the fact that Glinda is staying with the citizens of OZ because they are saying disrespectful things about her best friend. When Glinda realizes that Elphaba and Fiyero have started a relationship, she feels betrayed by both of them. The shift in unrequited love in Wicked is why my favorite love triangle is in that musical.

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So overall, love triangles provide incredible textures and are not pointless. They don’t take away from the plot. I think they actually add to a musical plot. I think the love triangles are perfect just the way they are. Christine and Raoul and Cosette and Marius are wonderful couples. What did Raoul and Marius even do wrong? What is so wrong with Phantom and Eponine having unrequited love in the first place?

Eponine is such a wonderful character and I feel like she would lose a lot of her charm and vulnerability if the unrequited love wasn’t there. If Marius was not in love with Cosette, Marius would never have been rescued from the barricade. Les Mis was crafted wonderfully and is perfect just the way it is. In the case of Phantom, Raoul is a much better fit for Chrsitne because he doesn’t seek revenge like the Phantom does. As for Wicked, the unrequited love shifts from Elphaba to Glinda.