Romance in Musicals: Why Just Say “I Love You” When You Can Sing it?*


*If trying at home, proceed with caution, a sense of humor and preferably a large glass of wine.

 You’ve fallen in love. The misunderstandings are over, the other man and/or woman has bowed out, you’ve overcome your painful past and inner demons—and the surprising amount of external conflict that’s thrown obstacles in your way—and come together into each other’s arms. The sexual tension is at an all-time high. There’s conveniently some extremely flattering mood lighting. It’s the most romantic moment of your life. Clearly, there’s only one logical climax. Your heads tilt, your lips part—and you break into song.

No, don’t worry—that’s totally why your hero/ine was lowering and angling their head. To check your notes aren’t flat.

It might be a little disconcerting in real life if your partner launched into a ballad at peak emotional moments, but in a musical?

Somehow incredibly romantic.

“You Were Meant for Me” (Singin’ in the Rain)


“Ten Minutes Ago” (Cinderella)


“Some Enchanted Evening” (South Pacific)


“`S Wonderful” (Funny Face)


“Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (The Lion King)


“A Whole New World” (Aladdin)

What are some of your favorite romantic songs or relationships from musicals?

Lucy Parker lives in the gorgeous Central Otago region of New Zealand, where she feels lucky every day to look out at mountains, lakes and vineyards. She has a degree in art history, loves museums and art galleries, and doodles unrecognizable flowers when she has writer’s block.

When she’s not writing, working or sleeping, she happily tackles the towering pile of to-be-read books that never gets any smaller. Thankfully, there’s always another story waiting.

Her interest in romantic fiction began with a preteen viewing of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (Firth-style), which prompted her to read the book, as well. A family friend introduced her to Georgette Heyer, and the rest was history.

2 thoughts on “Romance in Musicals: Why Just Say “I Love You” When You Can Sing it?*”

  1. Shaya says:

    You’ve seen the tee shirt “I break out in show tunes”? That’s me. So here a few off the top of my head:

    “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera
    “All This Time” from Daddy Long Legs the Musical
    “It All Fades Away” from Bridges of Madison County (the musical)
    “Love Finds You” from Dr. Zhivago on Broadway
    “I Had a Vision (Reprisal)” from Bright Star
    “How Can I Not Love You” from Anna and the King

  2. Oh man, this is easy. <3 Pretty much any of Elvis' better movies where he serenades his love interest. Boy howdy was that totally dreamy to 14-year-old me.

    Like oh, say, this:

    Even better if the heroine gives him every bit as good as she gets, like Ann-Margret! ;)

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