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‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight?’: Broadway’s Best Love Duets

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|by Marshall W. Mabry IV |

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Broadway’s most romantic duets

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we’re looking to Broadway’s favorite romantic duets, Songs that highlight and perfectly represent true love. So, if you’re making a special Valentine’s Day playlist or just want to see if your favorite made the list, here are 8 duets from Broadway’s favorite couples.

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ on Broadway (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ on Broadway (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

“As Long as You’re Mine,” Wicked
There’s no better way to kick off this list than with a number from Wicked. “As Long as You’re Mine” is a huge act two ballad that Elphaba and Fiyero sing to each other. This song is what the kids call a “bop,” and what their parents call a “classic.” It’s a pop/rock ballad that will be stuck in your head for months after hearing it.

“I’ll Cover You,” RENT
Name a better Broadway couple than Collins and Angel – we’ll wait. “I’ll Cover You” is a moment we often take for granted in RENT, because it’s one of the many romantic songs in the show. But not only is it one of the best songs in the show, it also gives us one of the greatest reprises in the musical theater canon.

“All I Ask of You,” Phantom of the Opera
You can’t have a best duets list without featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber in some way. He’s the master of the Broadway duet, and with “All I Ask of You” he presented some of his best work. It’s one of the few moments of Phantom that doesn’t feature the Phantom himself. Instead, it’s an intimate moment Raoul and Christine share. With lines like “I’m here with you, beside you. To hold you and to guide you,” it’s impossible not to fall in love with this song.

“Suddenly Seymour,” Little Shop of Horrors
This Alan Menken classic is timeless. It’s Seymour and Audrey’s confession of their love for each other, which just so happens to be such a beautiful and catchy song. It’s been a staple in musical theater duets since the ‘80s, and it’s not going anywhere.

“Only Us,” Dear Evan Hansen
Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss literally melted hearts with this number. “Only Us” is a ballad through and through. With this number, Evan truly has a moment of letting go, and this song is the first step towards emotional flood gates opening. Dear Evan Hansen songwriters Pasek and Paul just know the perfect way to get into our hearts.

“When You’re Home,” In The Heights
Does it get any better than Chris Jackson and Mandy Gonzalez? Yes – Add music by Lin Manuel Miranda, and you have musical theater perfection. Lin wrote one of the most perfect duets on Broadway in the 21st century. “When You’re Home” is the defining duet for an entire generation of theater kids.

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” The Lion King
It’s the first duet every kid has known by heart since 1994. Simba and Nala are the perfect couple; We fall in love with them as kids, and also get to watch them fall for each other. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” might just be the greatest Broadway duet of all time.

For more of the best of Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in February 2019.

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