Since March this year, my blog post from 2018 called “Break Up Tunes for Broadway Fans with a Broken Heart ” has gone from practically no views to being one of the most read articles on my blog. I imagine that this unexpected rise in popularity is linked unfortunately with the rise in breakups this year thanks to lockdown.
This being said, it’s also true that there has been a surge of people turning to dating apps in an attempt to find love virtually. On March 29, Tinder users made 3 billion swipes worldwide, which is the most the app has ever recorded in a single day.
This is a long way of me saying that for balance, this blog post will be dedicated to the greatest musical theatre songs about falling in love. Why? Because nothing beats that euphoric feeling when you’re high on oxytocin and believe that every love song is about you.
So just as I hope that my break up blog post has provided some comfort to those tending to their broken hearts during this year, I equally hope that these following songs will allow people to relish in the rush of feelings that come along with falling in love with someone new.
As always, I’ve created a Spotify playlist with all the songs I’ve recommended and if you have any further suggestions, please let me know in the comments below!
- On The Street Where You Live, My Fair Lady
Freddy Eynsford-Hill is a bit of a wet character in this musical and yet he gets to sing one of the best numbers in the gorgeous Lerner and Loewe score. In my view, this song perfectly captures that transformative feeling of being so infatuated with someone that you’re willing to declare it to anyone who’ll listen.
I have often walked down this street before
But the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before
People stop and stare, they don’t bother me
For there’s nowhere else on earth that I would rather be
- Promises, Hadestown
Following my lukewarm experience of seeing Hadestown last year, I’ve since grown sincerely attached to the Hadestown Original Broadway Cast Recording. For those of you familiar with this cast recording, you’ll know that Orpheus and Eurydice go on a rocky journey to hell and back again in this show. With the feelings that they express in this song, they are clearly past the infatuation stage, and are seeking an authentic partnership with one another which isn’t based on false promises. Well they tried, A+ for effort here.
I can’t promise you fair sky above
Can’t promise you kind road below
But I’ll walk beside you, love
Any way the wind blows
- Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Am I, Pal Joey
I don’t know anything about Pal Joey where this song by Roger and Hart originates. I would look it up, but I don’t want to run the risk of knowing the plot which could change the way I interpret the song. For this reason, it’ll continue to be a mystery to me for now. With the melody of the song, it sounds like being on a love-induced high and the lyrics beautifully encapsulate this feeling too. I adore Ella Fitzgerald’s cover of this song in particular.
I’m wild again, beguiled again
A simpering, whimpering child again
Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered am I
- I’d be Surprisingly Good for You, Evita
This song is just so saucy and flirtatious! The song takes place between Eva, a young actress and Juan Perón, an army officer when they meet for the first time at a charity concert. Who wouldn’t want to be able to seduce a powerful figure with their sex appeal alone in the way that Eva does here.
I’m not talking of a hurried night
A frantic tumble then a shy goodbye
Creeping home before it gets too light
That’s not the reason that I caught your eye
Which has to imply, I’d be good for you
I’d be surprisingly good for you
- Maria, West Side Story
Jeremy Jordan singing Bb4. Is there anything more heavenly?
Say it loud and there’s music playing,
Say it soft and it’s almost like praying.
I’ll never stop saying Maria.
- If I Loved You, Carousel
It’s songs like ‘If I Loved You’ which made me fall in love with musicals. The magical way that the pair fall in love during the course of a single song just wouldn’t happen with any other art form. Yes I know the relationship doesn’t end well for the pair. But that shouldn’t detract from the beauty of the Rogers and Hammerstein song. This rendition between Steven Pasquale and Laura Osnes will always be my favourite.
- Beauty is, Light in the Piazza
I can never get enough of listening to this song! It has many times left me in tears by the end. No further commentary needed.
And the beauty is, when you realise, when you realise,
Someone could be looking for a someone like you.
- Fight for me, Heathers
There’s a certain chaotic energy with this song due to the fact that our protagonist is getting turned on by something that she shouldn’t be. And I’m here for it.
Hey, could you hold my hand?
And could you carry me through no man’s land?
It’s fine if you don’t agree
But I would fight for you
If you would fight for me
- It All Fades Away, Bridges of Madison
Jason Robert Brown has a gift for composing rousing love ballads. It’d be a crime not to include at least one song from Bridges of Madison County in this list, even though I didn’t care much for the show when I saw it live.
10. Too Beautiful for Words, The Colour Purple
All I can say is 100% Yes to Women Loving Women Musical Theatre Love songs ❤ and there should be more.
But you hush my mouth and still me
With a song I never heard
I guess that means that you are just
Too beautiful for words
Here are many honourable mentions included in my Spotify playlist.
Crushing Hard Stage:
- Helpless, Hamilton
- No One Else, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet 1812
- I Turned a Corner, Thoroughly Modern Millie
- A Wonderful Guy, South Pacific
- What the Heck I Gotta Do, 21 Chump Street
Flirting/Getting to know you Stage
- You’ll Never Get Away From Me, Gypsy
- Sixteen Going on Seventeen, Sound of Music
- Shine, Carrie
- First Date / Last Night, Dogfight
- All I Ask of You, Phantom
- Stay, Amelie
- Ten Minutes Ago, Richard and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
- Champagne, In the Heights
- Small Talk, Pajama Game
Falling Hard / Intense Feelings Stage
- Falling Into You, Bridges of Madison County
- Falling Slowly, Once
- Unusual Way, Nine
- Some Enchanted Evening, South Pacific
- Till There Was You, The Music Man
- Forever Yours, Once on this Island
- Moving Too Fast, Last Five Years
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