“Live in my house. I’ll be your shelter…”
Throughout the history of musical theatre, love duets have commanded laughs, tears and thunderous applause for their performers. Whether you are 16 going on 17 or one half of two lost souls, this genre has something for everyone. Luckily, the more contemporary shows are no exception.
Here is a list of our favorite contemporary romantic duets, with contemporary meaning anything from “Rent” onward:
1. ‘As Long as You’re Mine’ from ‘Wicked’
After Glinda mourns that Fiyero doesn’t love her, Elphaba and Fiyero reaffirm their feelings for one another.
2. ‘I’ll Cover You’ from ‘Rent’
Angel and Collins admit their love for one another and their promise to always have each other’s backs.
3. ‘Seventeen’ from ‘Heathers’
After causing the death of a number of their classmates, Veronica begs J.D. to live a normal high school experience with her.
4. ‘All the Wasted Time’ from ‘Parade’
When Lucille visits Leo in a prison-work farm, he realizes how much he has underestimated her.
5. ‘Sunrise’ from ‘In the Heights’
Benny and Nina spend the night together, with Benny learning Spanish from Nina.
6. ‘You Matter to Me’ from ‘Waitress’
In spite of their recent failures to communicate, Jenna and Dr. Pomatter still value each other, even if their environment does not value them.
7. ‘Falling Slowly’ from ‘Once’
After introducing themselves in Dublin, Guy (who has just gone through a breakup) sings with Girl.
8. ‘Only Us’ from ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
Zoe reminds Evan that she doesn’t want Connor, her dead brother, to be the focus of their relationship.
9. ‘The Next Ten Minutes’ from ‘The Last Five Years’
The two characters’ storylines intersect in this number, with Jamie proposing to Cathy.
10. ‘Say It Somehow’ from ‘The Light in the Piazza’
With Fabrizio at a loss for words, Clara accepts his marriage proposal.
11. ‘Bare” from “Bare: a Pop Opera’
Backstage during their Catholic high school’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” Peter and Jason (the latter of whom has secretly taken a lethal dose of GHB) reaffirm their relationship.
12. ‘Written in the Stars’ from ‘Aida’
Radames reluctantly agrees to marry Amneris, and he and Aida lament their circumstances.
13. ‘Small Umbrella in the Rain’ from ‘Little Women’
Jo unexpectedly runs into Professor Bhaer, who admits his feelings for Jo and proposes to her.
14. ‘Follow Your Heart’ from ‘Urinetown’
Bobby and Hope, while falling in love, realize that they want a world where their fellow citizens can use the restrooms for free.
15. ‘In a Crowd of Thousands’ from ‘Anastasia’
When Dmitry tells Anya a childhood memory, they both realize that she is the Grand Duchess Anastasia after all.