Over on Spotify I’ve been making mini-playlists based around musical theatre, and one of them is called ‘Love in Musical Theatre’ – a little homage to some of my favourite songs based on love in musicals. Below, I go into detail as to why I’ve picked some of them. Perfect for Valentines week, or just when you’re feeling a bit slushy!
‘Matchmaker’ from Fiddler on the Roof is a pretty ditty from one of the classic musicals, and begins the playlist well, as it sums up how most single feel about dating – just ‘make me a match’ already! Following this is the classic ‘Summer Nights’ from Grease which I think is a hilarious look at how each gender interprets a date.
Next is ‘Changing my Major’ from Fun Home, a musical I am only just beginning to listen to – and love. It’s great to have a song about a same sex relationship, and Emily Skeggs’ voice is so adorable. The song perfectly details infatuation and that ‘love at first sight’ feeling in a modern way. ‘Rosemary’ from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying also follows the same vein, and it’s just worth a listen if you want to hear Daniel Radcliffe sing. Next up from one of my current favourite musicals is the titular song to ‘Half A Sixpence’, which is just a gorgeous duet between Arthur and Ann. ‘Mix Tape’ from Avenue Q and ‘I’m Not Saying A Word’ from Blood Brothers follow, and are just lovely little songs which remind me of first crushes and being a teenager.
Following are the songs which are a bit more lusty – including ‘Shisksa Goddess’ from The Last Five Years and ‘As Long as You’re Mine’ from Wicked. Rocky Horror’s ‘Dammit Janet’ is next on the list as a cute little proposal song with a catchy tune and some pretty good rhymes, coupled with Emily Blunt and James Corden singing ‘It Takes Two’ from Into the Woods.
The final two songs in the playlist are sweet jolly ones.‘Without Love’ from the 2007 film adaptation of Hairspray has to be there, of course, followed by the charming ‘I’ll Cover You’ from RENT, which is currently touring the UK.
What are your favourite musical theatre Valentines songs? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me!