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In Love With A Theatre Nerd? 35 Showtunes To Serenade Them With This Valentine’s Day

People who love theatre constantly dream of their life becoming a musical, so if your partner is a theatre nerd, show them how much you care this Valentine’s Day by serenading them with a swoon-worthy showtune.

Here are 35 romantic songs to choose from when picking a song that perfectly encapsulates how you feel:

1. ‘Grow Old With You’ from ‘The Wedding Singer’

I want to make you smile whenever you’re sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
Oh all I want to do is grow old with you

2. ‘Our Private World’ from ‘On the Twentieth Century’

You opposite me, opposite you,
Safe on our planet made only for two.
Night after night, day after day,
Living our private two-character play
Here in our private world.

3. ‘Happiness’ from ‘Rocky the Musical’

So here’s what it is
Here’s how it feels
Having a life with you in it
Taking it slow
Holding my breath
Don’t wanna go and ruin it
I’m looking for words
But how do they go
It’s something like
“I don’t know”
It’s something like…
Something like…
Happiness

4. ‘So in Love’ from ‘Kiss Me, Kate’

Strange, dear, but true, dear,
When I’m close to you, dear,
The stars fill the sky,
So in love with you am I

5. ‘Ten Minutes Ago’ from ‘Cinderella’

Ten minutes ago, I met you
And we murmured our “How do you do’s?”
I wanted to ring out the bells
And fling out my arms
And to sing out the news

6. ‘Falling Slowly’ from ‘Once’

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can’t go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I’m painted black

7. ‘Bare’ from ‘Bare’

Stay in this moment where secrets reveal.
Here in a world where there’s safety in falsehood, I have discovered the one thing that’s real
That I love you, and I’ve loved you from the start.
And if you hold that close to you we’ll never be apart

8. ‘I Have Dreamed’ from ‘The King and I’

In these dreams I’ve loved you so
That by now I think I know
What it’s like to be loved by you
I will love being loved by you

9. ‘The Next Ten Minutes’ from ‘The Last Five Years’

There are so many dreams I need to see with you
There are so many years I need to be with you
I will never be complete
I will never be alive
I will never change the world
Until I do

10. ‘You Matter to Me’ from ‘Waitress’

You matter to me
Simple and plain and not much to ask from somebody
You matter to me
I promise you do, you, you matter too
I promise you do, you see?
You matter to me

11. ‘All I Ask of You’ from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

Then say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime
Let me lead you from your solitude
Say you need me with you here, beside you
Anywhere you go, let me go too
That’s all I ask of you

12. ‘What You Mean to Me’ from ‘Finding Neverland’

Every word and every sentence
Doesn’t seem to make a difference
Nothing can explain just what you mean to me
Every shape and all the colours
All the love from all the lovers
Never quite express just what you mean to me

13. ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love With You’ from ‘All Shook Up’

Take my hand
Take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you

14. ‘As Long as You’re Mine’ from ‘Wicked’

Just for this moment
As long as you’re mine
Come be how you want to
And see how bright we shine
Borrow the moonlight
Until it is through
And know I’ll be here
Holding you
As long as you’re mine

15. ‘Something to Believe In’ from ‘Newsies’

And if I’m gone tomorrow
What was ours still will be
I have something to believe in
Now that I know you believed in me

16. ‘That Face’ from ‘The Producers’

That face, that face
That fabulous face
It’s clear I must beware
I’m certain if I fall in love
I’m lost without a trace
But it’s worth it
For that face

17. ‘When Words Fail’ from ‘Shrek the Musical’

If words fail
She’ll know what I mean
If words fail
She’ll just take my hand
She sees me like no one else has
If words fail
She’ll understand

18. ‘Jimmy’ from ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

So coax me, implore me
I promise you won’t bore me
Oh, Jimmy, I might say yes

19. ‘It Takes Two’ from ‘Hairspray’

I’m your man
And you’re my girl
That I’m the sea
And you’re the pearl
It takes two, baby
It takes two

20. ‘I’ve Never Been in Love Before’ from ‘Guys and Dolls’

I’ve never been in love before
I thought my heart was safe
I thought I knew the score
But this is wine that’s all too strange and strong
I’m full of foolish song
And out my song must pour
So please forgive this helpless haze I’m in
I’ve really never been in love before

21. ‘Love Song’ from ‘Pippin’

They say the whole is greater
Than the sum of the parts it’s made of
Well if it’s true of anything
It’s true of love

22. ‘Bonnie’ from ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

That girl’s got somethin’
Nothing scares her
Only piece of luck that’s ever come my way
Can’t wait to tell her
How much I’ve missed her
Feelin’ sorry for James Cagney
‘Cause he’s never kissed her

23. ‘I’ll Cover You’ from ‘Rent’

I think they meant it
When they said you can’t buy love
Now I know you can rent it
A new lease you are my love on life
All my life

24. ‘Almost Paradise’ from ‘Footloose’

Oh, almost paradise
We’re knocking on heaven’s door
Almost paradise
How could we ask for more?
I swear that I can see forever in your eyes paradise

25. ‘Seven Wonders’ from ‘Catch Me If You Can’

I’ve seen the seven wonders
If you give or take a few
But all them seven wonders
Well they can’t compare to you
I’ve been a lot of places
Yes I’ve travelled near and far
But now I know that home is where you are

26. ‘Perfect for You’ from ‘Next to Normal’

But even if everything else turns to dirt
We’ll be the one thing in this world that won’t hurt.

27. ‘What More Can I Say?’ from ‘Falsettos’

It’s been hot
Also, it’s been swell
More than not
It’s been more than words can tell
I halt, I stammer
I sing a roundelay
What more can I say?

28. ‘What Would I Do?’ from ‘Falsettos’

How am I to face tomorrow?
After being screwed out of today
Tell me what’s in store
Yes, I’d beg or steal or borrow
If I could hold you for
One hour more

29. ‘Somewhere’ from ‘West Side Story’

There’s a place for us
A time and place for us
Hold my hand and we’re halfway there
Hold my hand and I’ll take you there
Somehow
Some day
Somewhere!

30. ‘Easy to Love’ from ‘Anything Goes’

You’d be so easy to love,
So easy to idolize, all others above,
So sweet to waken with,
So nice to sit down to the eggs and bacon with.
We’d be so grand at the game,
So carefree together that it does seem a shame
That you can’t see
Your future with me
‘Cause you’d be, oh, so easy to love…

31. ‘‘Till There Was You’ from ‘The Music Man’

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No, I never heard it at all
Till there was you

32. ‘No One Else’ from ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1912’

Oh the moon
Oh the snow in the moonlight
And your childlike eyes
And your distant smile
I’ll never be this happy again
You and I
And no one else

33. ‘I Could Write a Book’ from ‘Pal Joey’

If they asked me, I could write a book
About the way you walk and whisper and look
I could write a preface on how we met
So the world would never forget
And the simple secret of the plot
Is just to tell them that I love you a lot
Then the world discovers as my book ends
How to make two lovers of friends

34. ‘Only Us’ from ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

What if it’s you
And what if it’s me
And what if that’s all that we need it to be
And the rest of the world falls away?
What do you say?

35. ‘If I Loved You’ from ‘Carousel’

If I loved you,
Time and again I would try to say
All I’d want you to know.

What are your favorite musical theatre love songs? Let us know in the comments below…

Written by Brianna Hand

Bri Hand is a writer, editor, and theater aficionado based out of Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to performing in musicals throughout high school, Bri spends her time doing deep research on them to fuel both her writing and conversations.

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  1. Sun and Moon and The Last Night of the World are wonderful songs to sing to and with your significant other as well as A Heart Full of Love when sung as a duet

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