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Valentine’s Day Hits the Stage: A Playlist of Broadway Love Songs

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Audrey Waters
This playlist features love songs from a variety of musicals that are perfect for the Valentine season, or any time of the year.

As Valentine’s day approaches, one way to celebrate is by listening to love songs. This year, instead of listening to regular love songs, add a dramatic Broadway twist with these romantic ballads. 

“Johanna” Sweeney Todd (2023)

Jordan Fischer’s rendition of “Johanna” is one of the high points of last year’s Broadway production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” The acoustic and passion in his voice showcases the sensitivity that Fischer’s character, Anthony, brings to the song and his love for the character of Johanna. 

“Suddenly Seymour” Little Shop of Horrors (2019)

“Suddenly Seymour” is an upbeat duet ballad which will give you hope and faith in yourself and others around you. Its catchy chorus and quick tempo is guaranteed to have you singing along by the end of the song.

“Crazier Than You” Addams Family: The Musical (2010)

“Crazier Than You” from “Addams Family: The Musical” is about finding your soulmate, which the song defines as a person who likes your ideas and someone you would do anything for and they would do the same for you. 

“Hopelessly Devoted To You” Grease (1978)

This classic Olivia Newton John song is perfect for belting out on any occasion. Her vocal range is unmatched and you can hear her heart and soul being poured into this song. Before long, you’ll find yourself humming this ballad all throughout the day and putting this on your everyday playlist. 

“It Only Takes a Taste” Waitress (2016)

Featured in the musical “Waitress,” this ballad is dedicated to the taste of a delicious pie, which serves as a metaphor for the fleeting taste of love. The song’s harmony causes a quiet symphony in your ears as the duo expresses their opinions on love, pies, and each other. 

“Maria” West Side Story (1961)

“Maria” perfectly captures the essences of first love and that happy-go-lucky feeling you get when you like someone. The vocals echo throughout the song and will make you never want to turn it off. 

“What I Did for Love” A Chorus Line (2006)

“What I did for Love” tells a tale of loss and persevering. Natalia Cortez’a solemn vocals are both delicate and bold, creating a sense of comfort and inspiration for anyone listening. 

“Agony” Into the Woods (2022)

This song is one of the biggest highlights of “Into the Woods,” showcasing the pain of going after someone and getting rejected. The princes’ expressions and emotions throughout this song are funny, yet powerful and tender. 

“Tonight” West Side Story (1961)

“Tonight” is the classic retelling of Romeo and Juliet in a beautifully symphonic song. The harmonies between Tony and Maria in their duet will have you falling in love with the characters and whoever you sing this song with. 

“I Can Hear the Bells” Hairspray (2007)

“I Can Hear the Bells” is a solo song that captures the longing of being loved and having someone to share your life with. Nikki Blonsky’s cinematic rendition of this energetic tune perfectly captures the spirit of the original musical.

“As Long As You’re Mine” Wicked (2003)

This song is about living in the moment and not letting others get in the way. The harmonies and melodies in this song create a perfect blend of delightful tunes that radiate all over the song. 

“Talia” Ride The Cyclone (2021)

This powerful ballad from “Ride the Cyclone” portrays Misha, one of its main characters, who laments a girl that he’ll never see again. The bridge will give you chills and have you up dancing before the song is done. 

“I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” Mamma Mia (1999)

It’s no surprise that ABBA’s jukebox musical, “Mamma Mia,” has so many incredible songs in its soundtrack including “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do.” Although this song serves as the perfect ending to the musical, it also has the ideal balance of humor and affection to stand alone as its own song. 

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Izzy Sulloway Ferreras, Staff Reporter
Senior Izzy Sulloway Ferreras enjoys crafting, reading, and baking. She is fond of watching old 80’s movies while making chocolate chip cookies and collecting old records from thrift shops or from her relatives.  The arts have been a huge part of her life as she started ballet when she was three, joined her children’s choir at seven, preferred movies with music, and could always be found in her backyard drawing something abstract.  Now following in that path she is dedicated to the Theatre Department as their devoted President and looks forward to choir every morning warming up to “Daydream Believer” by The Monkees.

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