Top 20 Musical Theatre Duets

August 30, 2020

If you've read a lot of my posts before you'll know I love a 'top 10' or 'top 20' post. So today I thought I'd discuss my top 20 musical theatre duets.

1. Falling Into You - The Bridges of Madison County

Francesca is an Italian immigrant housewife living a happy existence on a farm in the American Midwest. However, when her family go off to the State Fair, she meets Robert Kincaid, a national geographic photographer on assignment filming bridges in the area. Their initial friendship develops into a brief but passionate affair which has devastating consequences on their lives.

'Falling into You' is a stunning duet that ends the first act where Robert and Francesca realise their love for each other. 

2. You Love Who You Love - Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde is a musical which tells the story of real-life fugitives, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow as they escape jail and crave for fame. 

During this song Bonnie confesses her love for Clyde as Blanche does the same for Buck. I adore the harmonies in this song and can't help but think how amazing it would be to hear live.

3. Crazier Than You - The Addams Family

The Addams Family musical tells the story of the family we all know and love, focussing on Wednesday Addams, who is now 18 years old, and has fallen in love with a 'normal' boy from Ohio.

I couldn't not include this song as it's one of my absolute favourites. Sung by Wednesday and Lucas, this is definitely The Addams Family version of a love song! 

4. Who Will Love Me As I Am - Sideshow

Based on the true story of conjoined twins and famed entertainers Violet and Daisy Hilton, Sideshow is a musical about acceptance, love, and embracing one’s uniqueness. 

‘Who Will Love Me As I Am’ is the power-ballad that closes the first act of the musical as the twins wonder if they will find someone to love and accept them both. A stunning reminder of the importance of accepting and celebrating what makes us unique.

5. As Long As You're Mine - Wicked

Wicked tells the untold backstory of Elphaba, a green-skinned social outcast unloved by her fellow peers and her Munchkinland governor father. At university, Elphaba strikes up an unlikely friendship with popular fellow sorcery student Glinda, but the pair’s opposing personalities and rivalry over the same love-interest Fiyero, ultimately sees them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

This is a classic musical theatre song but I had to include it as I could listen to it over and over again and never get bored.

6. Something To Believe In - Newsies

Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city.

This is definietly the sweetest song in this musical and it has the most beautiful harmonies. 

7. Only Us - Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen is the story of a lonely, socially awkward boy trying to fit in to a world that’s always left him on the outside, by deceiving his way into a grieving family dynamic. After its debut in 2016, this Tony Award winning musical has proven a sell-out hit in London’s West End, by tackling themes related to social media, suicide and teen anxiety.

This song is just one of many moments in musical theatre which will have you tear up. 

8. All I've Ever Known - Hadestown

Hadestown is a musical with music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell. It tells a version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orpheus goes to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice.

'All I've Ever Known' comes in the middle of act one where Eurydice reflects on her growing love for Orpheus, despite her independence. The lyrics of this song are so beautiful and well written and I can definitely see it becoming very popular in the future.

9. Wherever We're Going - Back To The Future 

Back to the Future The Musical is based on the American science fiction/comedy film of the same name, and tells the story of Marty McFly who accidentally travels back to 1955 in a time travelling deloreon invented by his friend Doc Brown, and jeopardizes his own future existence by interfering with his parents first meeting. 

We all know how much I love this show and it's a shame not many people will have heard the majority of the score at the moment due to its very short run. This song is sung by Marty and Jennifer towards the start of act one and is such a lovely moment in the show.

10. First Date / Last Night - Dogfight

Dogfight is the story of a group of a marines who gather in San Francisco the night before they travel to Vietnam. Thy celebrate their last night of freedom with a cruel game of "dogfight" where they all set out to find the ugliest girl they can and invite her to a party. Eddie Birdlace invites waitress Rose Fenny and a love story begins to unfold.

'First Date / Last Night' is another one with a beautiful melody but also brings a comedy aspect with it. I've never seen this show live and don't really know too much abut it but I know this song is one of my favourites. 

11. Here Right Now - Ghost

Ghost the musical centres on lovers Sam and Molly, who are attacked as they are returning to their apartment. When Sam dies, he becomes caught between the real world and the next. 

I don't think I've ever cried at a musical more than I have at Ghost. The score to the whole show is incredible and 'Here Right Now' begins the show perfectly with its beautiful melody.

12. In His Eyes - Jekyll and Hyde

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, Jekyll & Hyde is the gripping tale of Dr Jekyll who attempts to cure his father’s mental illness by separating good from evil in the human personality. 

'In His Eyes' is sung by Emma and Lucy as they sing about their love for Jekyll. This is definitely one of my favourites on this list and a very underrated song. 

13. Take What You Got - Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots is the story of Charlie Price as he tries to save the Northampton shoe factory he inherited when his father died. When he meets a drag queen named Lola, Charlie soon realizes that he can save the factory by catering to a niche market: transvestites. 

‘Take What You Got’ is the second musical number in the show and see Charlie returning to London, as he meets his friend and fellow shoe salesman, Harry, in a pub to ask for help with the factory. This is one of my favourite musical theatre songs of all time. It's got an unforgettable melody and I find myself singing it non stop.

14. What You Mean To Me - Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland is based on the true events that led J.M. Barrie to create a story we all know and love, Peter Pan.

I absolutely love this show and think it has a beautiful score and this duet is one of many songs that I listen to non stop from this show. 

15. You Shine / Unsuspecting Hearts - Carrie

Carrie The Musical follows a young woman with telekinetic powers who is dominated by her oppressive and religious mother. 

I couldn't chose which duet to go for from this show as it's got a great score but both of these duets are stunning.

16. Goodbye and Good Luck - High Fidelity

This show follows the adventures of Rob, a record store owner who knows almost everything there is to know about pop music, but almost nothing about how to keep a girl. When his girlfriend Laura leaves him, he goes through a painful re-evaluation of his life and lost loves, and slowly learns that he must grow up before he can find real happiness.

The music to this show soars and the lyrics are so well-written and comedic so I had to include a duet from it. 

17. A Million Miles Away - Aladdin

Aladdin tells the story of a poor boy living on the streets who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine and a genie from a magical lamp. 

'A Million Miles Away' is another gorgeous duet which I actually prefer to the classic 'A Whole New World'. It comes in act one when Aladdin takes Jasmine to his hideout, where they each reveal their unhappiness in their own lives.

18. Comic Book Kind of Love - Eugenius

Eugenius comes from Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins and is the story of socially awkward Eugene, a geeky comic book writer who writes stories about Tough Man, Super Hot Lady and their adventures in space, who manages to rise beyond the stars when he and his vision are discovered by a Hollywood producer.

'Comic Book Kind of Love' is sung by Eugene and Janey towards the end of the musical and is one of my favourites on this list. It's such a sweet song with a wonderful melody.

19. Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful? - Cinderella 

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella tells the story we all know and love with a fantastic score that anyone can enjoy. 

'Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?' is a gorgeous duet between Cinderella and the Prince and the vocal duets of Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana make it even better.

20. Small Umbrella In The Rain - Little Women

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March and their beloved Marmee.

Little Women is one of my favourite shows and this song comes at the very end of act two. Sung by Jo and Professor Bhaer as they confess their feelings for each other.

There's so many more I could have included but these are my top 20 musical theatre duets right now. This list could definitely change within the next few weeks as I'm constantly listening to new songs. What are some of your favourite duets? 

Mia x

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