Margo Seibert and Andy Karl in “Rocky.” Photo by Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.
There’s nothing more romantic (besides diamonds, a trip to Paris or a home cooked meal) than a Broadway love song. Here are our top picks for beautiful belters, dulcid duets and passionate patter songs.
No matter your style, there’s a wee bit of musical theater that can tell your story better than you.
From Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live at last year’s New York Musical Theater Festival, Jeremy Jordan sings one of the songwriting team’s signature tunes, “Run Away With Me.” And we’d like to do just that.
“One Second and a Million Miles” is one of Jason Robert Brown’s soaring melodies from The Bridges of Madison County, opening February 20 at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
While the revival of Pippin is receiving well-deserved accolades, this throwback clip of William Katt and Leslie Denniston singing “Love Song” holds its own special charm.
As part of this week’s series of our favorite Broadway love songs, I turned to Broadway producer extraordinaire, Eva Price. Her Broadway producing credits include “Annie,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony” among others.
Our little secret: Eva’s got a soft spot for some of the best Broadway ballads as well as a couple of quirkier picks — a sure sign that she’s got an eye for what will be the next big hit. Here are some of her favorites…
“As Long As Your Mine,” Wicked
“This is a gorgeous, sexy, passionate song. Out of context it’s gritty and somewhat sexual. And then you stop and think, two people of two different races (essentially) who aren’t necessarily supposed to be together are so fused by desire that they are tearing each other’s clothes off, AND singing to each other. Totally beautiful!”
“Little Fall of Rain,” Les Miserables “A totally heartbreaking moment. Unrequited love always gets me and this is a raw, real, and tragic ending to a love that will never be. Whoever sings this song (Broadway, West End, movie… even amateur productions that I’ve seen) blows my mind and breaks my heart with those killers voices and emotional delivery.”
The Broadway Blog asked some of our favorite theatre folks to tell us about their favorite Broadway love songs. Ah, love. While my high school cohorts were smoking weed on the football field and doing it in the back of a 1986 Chevette (yes, I’m dating myself,) I was swooning over Patti LuPone’s bullhorn vocals in the revival cast recording of “Anything Goes.”
Broadway was my lover before I knew how or whom I could love. While I experienced a bit of bullying and subsequently lashed out at a few kids myself during those years, nothing seemed to matter when I popped in the double length cassette of “Les Misérables” and dreamt of Marius and Cosette (actually Marius and Enjolras.)
Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the Broadway Blog will be showcasing some favorite romantic moments from the Great White Way. Have some of your own? Share them with us on Facebook.