It’s that day of the year… Valentine’s Day. Most people either love it or hate it. Personally, I’m a bit indifferent to the whole thing. The discounted chocolate the day after is the best part. But for many, it’s a celebration of love for their significant other and others they care about. And on Broadway, there’s no shortage of couples, romantic or platonic. The “love song” has been staple of musicals since the beginning. In celebration of the holiday, today I’ll be showcasing just a few of my favorite couples from musicals, hailing just from Broadway for now. Perhaps I’ll make a part two to this post sometime in the future! Also, this list is purely subjective and these are just my personal opinions, so please feel free to share your favorites in the comments!
Henry and Natalie (Next to Normal)
This couple from the 2009 three time Tony winning musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey has become somewhat well recognizable over the years. With their three duets -“Hey #1“, “Hey #2“, and “Hey #3/Perfect For You (Reprise)” – ranging from casual to emotional, Henry and Natalie’s high school relationship, although turbulent at times, is a bit of relief departure from the rest of Next to Normal’s heavy subject matter. In the aforementioned “Hey #3/Perfect For You (Reprise)”, Henry and Natalie reconcile after some fighting to vow that they’ll always be there for each other, no matter what happens. Although couples prefer to dress in pink on V-Day, these two are just fine with blue.
Alison and Joan (Fun Home)
Surprisingly, there isn’t a huge amount of lesbian couples in musicals. As I mentioned in my Fun Home review, it’s incredibly refreshing to see any sort of diversity in musicals. This relationship is crucial to Alison in terms of her coming to terms with herself and her family life. Joan is encouraging and rational towards Alison’s more frazzled and anxious persona. As with any relationship, communication is key, and these two certainly take that advice to heart throughout Fun Home. If you’re looking for some relationship goals, you should definitely change your major to Alison and Joan.
Evan and Zoe (Dear Evan Hansen)
These two are one of the newest couples to grace the Broadway stage. Their gorgeous duet “Only Us” is a great set up to what their relationship will be throughout the rest of the show: open, caring, and supportive. On top of this, their chemistry in general feels very natural, and that’s because it is. The actors who play Evan and Zoe – Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss, respectively – are good friends in real life and active supporters of their show relationship, affectionately hashtagging it as #evanandzoeforever. These two complete each other, and this Valentine’s Day I bet they’ll be watching the whole world disappear together.
Who are some of your favorite musical couples? Share them with me in the comments!