Top 10 Musicals That Will Break Your Heart
Start writing a post
Entertainment

Top 10 Musicals That Will Break Your Heart

Even if you're not a musical theatre person, give at least one of these a try. I guarantee a good cry.

91
Top 10 Musicals That Will Break Your Heart
https://images.unsplash.com/photo-1562329265-95a6d7a83440?ixlib=rb-1.2.1&ixid=eyJhcHBfaWQiOjEyMDd9&auto=format&fit=crop&w=1328&q=80

I know if you're not a theatre person you're probably very hesitant to even glance at this list, but hear me out. I promise you these musicals are not your "stereotypical" happy flashy fun jumpy dancy musicals. These musicals will tear you apart. I encourage everyone to give these shows a chance. I came up with a list of the top ten musicals that make me "feel some type of way". I've attached links to trailers or clips from each musical to give you a little taste. PLEASE venture out and give it a try.

Hadestown

The story of Orpheus, Eurydice, Hades, and Persephone. The Greek tragedy is transformed into a somewhat modern-day story with a New Orleans vibe. There is also a bit of hidden political commentary which is always a plus. It's a love story about a young couple, Orpheus and Eurydice, who lose their way due to overwhelming poverty. Hades promises Eurydice a better life and takes her into the underworld. She becomes his slave. Orpheus must find his way into Hell to retrieve his love. How will Orpheus win her back after she's signed her life away to Hades? The show is still wildly successful and is currently running on Broadway. It won the 2019 Tony Award!

Dogfight

Dogfight is set in 1963 when U.S. troops were being shipped off to fight in Vietnam. It follows a group of young marines who decide to throw what they call a "dogfight" on their last night of freedom in the U.S. They all put money in to see who can bring the ugliest girl to a party. Whoever brings the ugliest girl wins the money. One of the men, Eddie, picks this nice waitress named Rose. She finds out about the dogfight soon after the competition ends. Where does their relationship go from there? What happens to Eddie over in Vietnam? It's by the same people who wrote The Greatest Showman, so if you liked that (only God knows why you would) then you'll probably like this one too. The quality of the youtube clip isn't great but it really gives you the gist of the story.

Next to Normal

This show is about an extremely dysfunctional family. Ever since the mother lost her only son he was a baby, she hasn't been the same since and suffers from many psychological disorders. The story follows how the family copes with her insanity. It's heartbreaking and has hit home for many audiences.

Spring Awakening

This show won a Tony Award for best musical in 2007 and it was well deserved. It's set in 1891 Germany, which I totally understand sounds really boring at first glance, BUT it's actually brutal. Spring Awakening is about teenagers discovering their sexuality with little to no sex education from parents and teachers. The result of the lack of education leads to devastating consequences. This show contains subjects like abuse, neglect, pregnancy, and death. Good luck keeping a dry eye during this one.

There was also a recent version of the show completely done in sign language. Super cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSagsMcak4Q

The Last Five Years

Maybe you've seen the movie with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan; I know it was on Netflix at one point. The story follows a couple through their five years of marriage. Each song alternates between his perspective and her perspective. The coolest part is that her perspective starts with their divorce and travels back in time, while his perspective starts with their first date and travels chronologically through time and the two perspectives meet in the middle in the scene where they get engaged. It follows the ups and downs of a marriage full of love and joy as well as infidelity and jealousy. It's said that the musical is a somewhat autobiography of the composer's real life. That's tea. It's hard to see a couple so in love fall so out of love. Plus, Anna Kendrick can't sing, so if the story doesn't make you cry, her singing definitely will.

Rent

Rent is set in 1989 during the AIDS epidemic. It follows eight very diverse characters living in New York City through a journey of scarcity, illness, civil rights, and love. There is also a movie version of this musical that has most of the cast from the original Broadway show.

The Color Purple

The Color Purple was originally a book by Alice Walker, then it was a movie starring Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg, and then it became an award-winning musical. The story is about a young black woman who has two children from her father that sexually abuses her. Her father takes the children away from her and sends her off to be owned by another man. That man also abuses her. She meets many people along the way and eventually finds beauty and strength within herself. You'll cry from the despondent parts of the musical, but you'll also cry because her coming of age growth and power is absolutely inspirational.

Hair

Hair was written in 1968 and was also set in 1968 which was completely controversial at the time because the entire show is a political commentary on the horrors of the Vietnam War. It follows a group of free-loving young people who are actively against the war. One young man gets drafted and his fate takes a turn for the worse. It also highlights subjects like racial inequality, sexual fluidity, freedom, and justice. The music is so moving and was even played on the radio during the time of the musical's original run.

Cabaret

This musical was written in 1966 but the subject matter is still extremely effective to a modern audience. It's set in World War II Germany. An author from America travels to Berlin to write about the war and he meets a woman named Sally. She works at a cabaret called the Kit Kat Club. The story follows the two character's complicated relationship. The musical has very serious topics such as abortion, adultery, and Nazi violence. The musical's revival even ends with the narrator, or Emcee, in a single spotlight clothed in striped pajamas singing "auf wiedersehen" or "goodbye" to indicate his death by the Nazis. There is a movie version starring Liza Minelli, but it has a lot of differences from the musical version, so I'd suggest you watch it AFTER you've seen an actual performance of the live musical.

Waitress

Though the musical has a happy ending, the journey leading up to it is a rough one. This musical was originally a movie starring Kerri Russell. I personally think the musical is much more heartbreaking than the movie. The music was written by Sara Bareilles. The story is about a waitress at a diner who is in an incredibly abusive marriage. She finds out she's pregnant with her husband's child and plans to escape. Along the way, she has an affair with her OBGYN and she sees what true love is supposed to feel like. Does she choose to end his marriage to fulfill her happiness? Does she actually run away with her new baby? If you live in Springfield, the national tour of this show is coming through Juanita K. Hammons Hall for Performing Arts, so get your $25 student ticket and see it to find out!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

5 Cakes You Need to Try This Winter

Spending the winter trying different cakes can be a great way to combat seasonal depression. Lift the spirits of your entire family by trying these five cakes.

7352
Try This Winter

The winter can be a dull time spent indoors with very little change. But, it doesn't have to be that way. There are plenty of ways to spice up your daily routine, and dessert is one of them.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Reasons to Consider a Career as a Defense Lawyer

Lawyers are supposed to be unbiased. Lawyers are trained to look at both sides of an issue and give equal weight to each side. It is meant to be their mantra, "My client is innocent until proven guilty."

85173
Career as a Defense Lawyer

Lawyers are supposed to be unbiased. Lawyers are trained to look at both sides of an issue and give equal weight to each side. It is meant to be their mantra, "My client is innocent until proven guilty." But if you're thinking about becoming a defense attorney, it's not this pretty simple. Defense lawyers argue that their clients are innocent because they don't want their actions to seem suspect in any way. They essentially say for the sake of the argument itself. If you're trying to decide whether or not becoming a defense attorney is something you would like to do, here are five reasons why it's worth considering:

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

What Everyone Should Know About Online Degrees

Nowadays, many working adults, high school graduates, and retired lifelong learners are choosing to advance their careers, lives, and personal knowledge by completing school at home.

190019
Online Degrees

The rising popularity of online college and graduate school degrees has completely changed the face of education and student life. It's no longer necessary to pack up all your belongings and head off to a distant locale in order to earn a diploma. Nowadays, many working adults, high school graduates, and retired lifelong learners are choosing to advance their careers, lives, and personal knowledge by completing school at home.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

What I am thankful for

I am saying one thing that I am thankful each day for until Thanksgiving. You try it to it will bring you joy.

143942
It's Thanksgiving time
Element5 Digital

November 1st, I am thankful for God and Jesus. I put my faith in them, they protect and help me through the happy and the sad in life. I could not imagine a world without them.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Chatting with the Iron Boy Himself Arthur Bozikas

Arthur Bozikas has penned a memoir that is heart-breaking and gutsy, as well as being full of hope and gratitude. This book is guaranteed to lift up readers and have them believing in the resilience and transcendence of the human spirit, making it a must read for years to come.

93567
Arthur Bozikas

Arthur Bozikas has penned a memoir that is heart-breaking and gutsy, as well as being full of hope and gratitude. This book is guaranteed to lift up readers and have them believing in the resilience and transcendence of the human spirit, making it a must read for years to come.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments