Ahead of its opening this week, we went backstage at rehearsals for new musical Ruthless.
Whether you’re planning to spending 14 February with your one-and-only true love, pining over that unattainable guy or gal you’re so desperate to snag, or just happy being single, the songs from some of Broadway and the West End’s best musicals can teach you a thing or two about falling in love.
Take a look at our best love songs for Valentine’s Day from the musicals here – what would make your list?
1. As Long As You’re Mine (Wicked)
Hiding in the woods from those who pursue them, Elphaba and Fiyero finally succumb to their mutual attraction, which has been building since the first time they met. [Get tickets here]
2. I’ll Cover You (Rent)
Angel and Collins promise to care for and protect each other whatever life throws at them in this wonderfully life-affirming declaration of love.
3. Can You Feel The Love Tonight? (The Lion King)
The best thing about this sumptuous song is that it’s not actually sung by those ‘in love’, but by pals on the periphery, watching on as their friends admit their feelings for each other. [Catch London’s pride now]
4. Falling Slowly (Once)
Laced with bittersweet undertones of lost loves and broken hearts, the anthemic Falling Slowly is a spine-tinglingly haunting song for new, fledgling lovers.
5. All I Ask Of You (The Phantom of the Opera)
Christine and Raoul admit their true feelings, while the Phantom watches on from the shadows – a hauntingly beautiful song to close out act one of this classic musical. [Book tickets now]
6. Helpless (Hamilton)
The moment when Eliza Schuyler meets Alexander Hamilton for the first time sounds like something from a Destiny’s Child record and sets the tone for the pair’s sumptuous (and, at times, heart-breaking) romance throughout the show. [Get tickets now]
7. A Whole New World (Aladdin)
The wonderful Disney classic is giving new life in the glorious stage version of Aladdin, as Princess Jasmine and her ‘street rat’ take to the skies and fall madly in love. [See the show now]
8. Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Bat Out of Hell)
The rock opera stylings of the Meat Loaf musical Bat Out of Hell offer some incredible love song moments – power ballad style. For us, this tracks takes the crown. And even outside of the context if the show, it’s one helluva banger. [Buy tickets now]
9. On My Own (Les Misérables)
Eponine wanders the streets imaging the life that could have been, if only her beloved Marius hadn’t fallen in love with someone else. Typical, eh?!—still, a wonderfully romantic song. [See it live now.]
10. And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going (Dreamgirls)
When Effie White tells her lover Curtis that she can’t live without him, she does so with aplomb. This song, which has transcended the context of the show to become a belter for the lovelorn, is a real musical theatre classic and rightly deserves its place on this list. [Get tickets now]
11. I Can Hear The Bells (Hairspray)
The heroic Tracy Turnblad fantasises about her perfect marriage to the gorgeous Link Larkin – every schoolgirls’ biggest fantasy. It’s just brilliant.
12. It Takes Two (Into The Woods)
After endless bickering and toing and froing over how to solve their problems, the Baker and his Wife admit they really have needed each other all along.
13. The Last Night of the World (Miss Saigon)
Falling in love against the backdrop of the fall of Saigon was never going to be easy, but Chris and Kim continue to live in hope here as they admit their true feelings. [Get tickets to the tour now]
14. Lay All Your Love On Me (MAMMA MIA!)
The musical based on ABBA’s greatest hits is full of pop ditties and ensemble pieces. Sure, there’s other big love song numbers (who can forget Pierce Brosnan’s S.O.S. from the film version?), but this track is pop perfection, full of the exuberance of young love, and the perfect way to end our list. [See the show live]