Ironic Heartbreaking Musical Theatre Love Songs

What on earth do I mean by a ironic  heartbreaking love musical theatre love song? These are love songs where you don’t except to happen or where thing improve in the end. There are going in be spoilers due to explaining why they are they are ironic in the first place.

1. This Nearly Was Mine- Emelie sings this breakup song after Nellie leaves him. The irony comes from the fact that Nellie comes back to Emelie in the end.

2. I’m Not That Girl/I’m Not That Girl (Reprise)- When Elphaba sings “I’m Not That Girl”, the unrequited love song, little does she know that Fiyero will eventually realize that she loves her. That is why you don’t except Glinda to sing “I’m Not That Girl (reprise)”

3. If I Can’t Love Her/ If I Can’t Love Her (Reprise)- ironic in the fact that the spell will eventually be broken. Beast feels like Belle will never love him. The reprise is actually more heartbreaking than the first one because he actually has fallen in love with Belle at that point. He has just released Belle as his prisoner, and he believes that Belle doesn’t love him, but in reality he does

There are other heartbreaking love musical theatre songs, but they are not ironic.

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Top South Pacific Songs

The next show in this series, I will be exploring my top songs found in South Pacific, the 2nd best Rodgers and Hammerstein musical

Possible Spoilers:

1. Some Enchanted Evening- this to me is the title song of the musical. It is a beautiful song sung by Emelie to Nellie towards the beginning of the musical. It is one of the initial songs exploring the love the two have for one another

2. There is Nothing Like a Dame- I just love the overall fun nature of this song. Whenever I think of showtimes, I think of melodies similar to this song.

3. Younger Than Springtime- Like any Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, there are two romances. The main storyline focuses on Nellie and Emelie. Younger than Springtime focuses on Liat and Joe Cable, which is a beautiful song, but does turn out to be tragic in the end

4. You’ve Got to Carefully Taught- the thing I really love about this song is that it shows that racism is something that we learn; not the fact that we are born racist. Racism is one of the serious factors that is part of South Pacific

5. I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair- Another fun sounding song. Well Nellie just found that Emelie’s children are of a certain race, and she is basically thinking of leaving them. That is basically what this song is about.

6. This Nearly Was Mine- This is a heartbreaking song. This is actually a breakup song. Nellie actually just broke up with Emelie. Actually I think breakup songs line up with the same emotions unrequited love songs deal with. So the two situations I believe are very similar. Due to this heartbreaking song being in South Pacific, it makes South Pacific both complex and realistic.

7. Honey Bun- oh my gosh, this song is hilarious watching and has a very fun melody

8. A Wonderful Guy- there is a bit of irony in this. Nellie actually sings this right after “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”. So why would Nellie sing how much she loves Emelie right after thinking about leaving him? So see the irony behind that.

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College Musicals

What do I mean by college musicals? These are the musicals I fell in love with during my years at college. Some of them come to mind a lot. A good chunk of them are meaningful. I am going to make a list of what musicals they are.

1. Les Mis- this is the most obvious. I fell in love with it in my first year of college and that was in 2012-2013. First saw the movie December 2012 and was confused and shocked due to it being a tragedy and did not what to think of it. So had to give it a second chance until I could fall in love with this musical. By summer, I was obsessed with it. In 2013, I saw my first stage production of it 3x due to being an usher. In 2015, I saw the musical in the West End with my mom with an understudy as Jean Valjean. In 2017, I saw the stage show a 5th time in Greenville with my university with an understudy as Eponine. Les Mis taught me that tragic musicals exist and that I used to be 100% blind to heartbreak in musical. I learned that tragedies are so much more than I once thought.  There are so many wonderful reasons to love Les Mis. All because of Les Mis, I have a passion for musicals.

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2. Rent- I fell in love with it Fall 2012 through music alone. I don’t know when it was, but I soon realized the plot. This musical like Les Mis is sad. It took five years till I saw the musical live. Prior, I saw the film of the final broadway cast doing the stage show. But last year really was my first time seeing the stage show. It teaches you how to live life. It teaches you to live in love even in the face of fear and to live in the moment. My favorite couple in Rent is Mimi and Roger. Last year, I was an emotional wreck watching it.

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3. Phantom of the Opera- this musical started to enter my life 2013. My mom told me about Phantom of the Opera, and I automatically requested the song on Pandora. I fell in love with the songs and I wanted to eventually see the stage show. That Christmas I got a ticket in my stocking and so did my mom. In 2014 in May, my mom and I went to Greenville to see Phantom of the Opera. I was spellbound the moment the show began, and in the first act, I did not move until the chandelier fell. I was choked up watching it.

4. Newsies- this is one of the newest musicals of my life. I first heard the songs I think summer 2016, but I only enjoyed them. I first saw the stage show August 2016. Before seeing it, I heard it was Tony Award winning choreography, so I decided to not watch the dance ahead of time. This was the only show I have seen that is all males (well there are a couple females, but not much). I was mind-blown at the dancing: they were flipping, dancing on newspapers, jumping over each other and so many other amazing tricks. The story is so inspiring. The fact that these Newsboys stood up against Pulitzer is incredible. The relationship found between the Newsies is beautiful: they are basically one big family, and the intimate relationship between Jack and Crutchie is special. After seeing it live, I learned to love the songs.  I love how Jack is so protective of his brothers especially of Crutchie. He cannot bear to see his brothers hurt, which eventually leads him to go through an inner conflict.

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5. Music Man- this was a musical I saw at my university my first semester. Music Man was a musical that started my best year of musicals. I just love how light-hearted it is. It is one of the most light-hearted musicals I ever saw. I love how this con-man (Harold Hill) transformed this town. The romance between Harold Hill and Marian helped bring an emotional element to this show since the musical focuses on positive emotions a lot. So the romance helps bring an emotional element that the show needs.

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6. Pippin- I don’t when it was, but my dad had me listen to “Corner of the Sky”. The moment I heard the song, I wanted to see Pippin. Then I wanted to see it more after seeing the trailer. It seemed like they were doing a circus version of the show and I wanted to see it even more. Then I heard it was a Stephen Swartz musical and I knew that Pippin would be amazing because after all, he wrote the music to Wicked. I got my chance in 2015 when I went with my mom and we were lucky because when mom got tickets, there was one day left with seats together. This show had the antagonist as narrator and I loved Lisa Karlin’s portrayal of her. In “Magic to Do”, she was very playful with a small hint of evil. But during “Glory”, her voice represented darkness. She was very playful around Pippin to manipulative him in making the wrong decision so Pippin makes a lot of mistakes throughout the musical. The Leading Player is very crafty, dark, playful, and manipulative and I gained all of this from Lisa Karlin’s portrayal. After just one act, I wanted the soundtrack even after not hearing the act II songs.

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7. South Pacific- when I was still a student at community college, there was school cancelled due to snow days. A friend of my parents leant my family and I about six or so musical movie. South Pacific ended up being one of them. The main story is a love story between Emelie and Nellie during World War. It is a very romantic tale. It is my 2nd best Rodgers and Hammerstein musical: the first is Sound of Music. It songs are fun, romantic, and emotional. Like expected with Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, there is a 2nd love story, which is between Liat and Joe Cable. It does have an underlying story of racism.

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So here are some of my college musicals.

The Couple in the South

Possible Spoilers:

Emelie and Nellie might be the hardest couple yet on this series. They are the main couple in the musical. It follows their romance throughout the course of the entire musical. The most romantic song found in South Pacific is “Some Enchanted Evening” sung by Emelie. They have fallen in love two weeks prior to the events to South Pacific. It is clear that the love each other. But conflict gets in the way after Nellie meets Emelie’s children. But his children’s mother is Polynesian and Nellie plans to break up with Emelie because of his children’s partial race. Despite that Nellie does admit that Emelie is a wonderful man and that she still loves him, but it is his children that prevents her from doing so.

So Emelie is heartbroken after Nellie breaks up with him and this is when “This Nearly Was Mine” comes into play. Eventually Nellie realizes her mistake in the hard way after discovering Emelie has gone on a very dangerous mission where he could be killed. Not wanting his children to not have a parent, Nellie decides to go back to Emelie in the end. So South Pacific explores the idea of racism. Honestly that describes their relationship in a way. It is clear throughout the entire play despite the conflict that gets in the way, that these two love each other.

But honestly I have no idea why I love this couple, but most of it has to do with “Some Enchanted Evening” I think. Even though just Emelie sings it, it does show their passion and their love for each even though it highlights how he feels about Nellie.

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Romantic Male Characters of Musicals

These are characters who are male and romantic. These tend to be characters who fall in love throughout the course of the musical.

  1. Jack Kelly
  2. Raoul
  3. Marius
  4. Fiyero
  5. Roger
  6. Beast
  7. Emelie
  8. Pippin
  9. Aladdin

What are some of your favorite romantic male musical characters?

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?

Musical Couples That Do Not Include the Main Character

In connection to yesterday’s post, I decided to talk about some of the musical couples I did not talk about. Today, I will bring up couples that are not home to the main protagonist. That list is even smaller than the couples where the main character is involved.

  1. Marius and Cosette
  2. Will Parker and Ado Annie
  3. Joe Cable and Liat
  4. Marueen and Joanne
  5. Collins and Angel
  6. Penny and Seaweed

What are couples where the main character is not involved?