Love is in the air. Gone are the festive holiday decorations, and a mass of pink and red has overtaken the city, all in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Whether you celebrate Cupid’s special day or not, that doesn’t mean you can’t feel the love that abounds on Broadway. So we’re rounding up our favorite Broadway showmances, all of which you can experience yourself!
Aladdin: Aladdin and Jasmine
We say chivalry can’t be dead if your beau whisks you away on a magic carpet ride and promises to show you the world. True, Aladdin lied and posed as a hotshot Prince, when good ol’ honesty would have done the trick to win Jasmine’s heart (I mean, he does save her from her own meathead palace guard), but his intentions were in the right place.
Anastasia: Anya and Dmitry
Anya is on a journey to Paris to unravel the mystery of her past. She may or may not be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, and lucky for her she enlists the aid of dashing conman Dmitry and loveable ex-aristocrat Vlad on her epic adventure. The heartwarming moment comes in act two, when Dmitry rouses Anya from a nightmare and the two sing “In a Crowd of Thousands.” Both Anya and Dmitry recount time a young Dmitry became enamored with Anastasia during a royal parade. But if Anya is really royalty, will she ditch the life of luxury to live with her one true love?
The Phantom of the Opera: The Phantom, Christine, and Raoul
Okay, let’s just get this out of the way: yes, we know the Phantom more or less kidnaps Christine in a bid to try and win her love. The reason this makes our list is because of the love triangle with The Phantom, Christine, and Raoul. Christine is torn between a normal life with the handsome Raoul and the excitement of the mysterious Phantom. Girl has some tough choices ahead of her. To save Raoul’s life, Christine agrees to stay with the Phantom, but he knows that she pines for Raoul. Can he let her go before it’s too late?
The Lion King: Simba and Nala
We’ve seen this before: childhood friends destined to be romantically entwined in their adulthood. We love the relationship Simba and Nala have as kids, and it’s made even more romantic by their surprise reunion as adults. Nala finds out her childhood friend isn’t dead and motivates him to take back his throne and do away with his sleazy, murderous uncle. We’re definitely feeling the love tonight on this.
Romeo et Juliette: Romeo and Juliet (obviously)
“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” Two crazy kids from rival families fall in love, cue breaking out past curfew to see your beloved and a few deaths from each side sprinkled along the way. Sure, Romeo and Juliet could have had a fairytale ending if Juliet had just better communicated her plan of only faking to be dead, but then we wouldn’t have this incredible opera, based on perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous play.
Waitress: Jenna and Dr. Pomatter
Our showmance here definitely isn’t centered around Jenna and her loser husband Earl, but rather Jenna and the town’s handsome new OB/GYN, Dr. Pomatter. Stuck in a loveless marriage, the arrival of Dr. Pomatter brings new light to Jenna’s life. But can Jenna maintain a relationship with the doctor? Will she finally break it off with Earl? Either way, it’s a recipe as delicious and passionate as one of Jenna’s famous pies.
Wicked: Elphaba and Fiyero
We can all agree that the Wicked Witch of the West gets a pretty bad rap in The Wizard of Oz, but those of us who have seen Wicked know better. We can always appreciate a good underdog, and Elphaba is exactly that. Frowned upon by her community and cast out in the shadow of favored good girl Galinda, it seems highly unlikely that the charming Fiyero would set his sights on her. Despite the odds against them, Elphaba and Fiyero prove that the love they feel for each other is unlimited.
Feeling romantically inspired? Plan a special night on Broadway by visiting any of the show pages at the bottom to book your tickets… and get swept off your feet with love.