Celebrating Theater's Most Beloved Couples

By Clare Bender

Theater often portrays to the audience various and important aspects of life that we can all relate to. One of these facets is, of course, love. In honor of Valentine's Day, we invite you to celebrate theater's most beloved couples in some of the most popular and romantic plays and musicals, three of which will soon be on the Main Street Stage.



You Can’t Take It With You

Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

Like every new couple, Tony and Alice have to experience the awkward future-in-laws-meeting-for-the-first-time dinner.

Tony Kirby and Alice Sycamore come from two completely different families, Alice from the free-spirited Sycamores and Tony from the high-strung Kirbys. When they declare their love for each other and decide to get married, their families’ first dinner together ends in a hilarious, but disastrous evening.

You Can't Take It With You opens on our stage February 16th!


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Written by Tennessee Williams

Love is not always easy, sometime life presents challenges that have us struggling in an unhappy marriage.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof focuses on a wealthy Southern family who are in the midst of various personal crises. One evening as the family gathers, all their baggage erupts to the surface. In the midst of these hardships, Maggie and Brick have a chance to repair their marriage and renew their love.

Same Time, Next Year

Written by Bernard Slade

An impulsive moment can turn into a lifelong affair of deep sentimental understanding and love.

This romantic comedy show follows George and Doris who meet at a hotel and fall in love, despite the fact that they are both married to someone else and have children. They continue their intimate affair at the same hotel once a year for twenty-four years, growing closer and sharing their life’s joys and downfalls.

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She Loves Me

Music and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock
Book by Joe Masteroff

She Loves Me explores the unexpected ways that people fall in love. It might even be with someone you least expect.

From the beginning, Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash don’t see eye-to-eye. What these feuding shop clerks don’t realize is that they each responded to the other’s “lonely hearts” advertisement.

Popular romantic songs from the show: “Tonight at Eight”, “Will He Like Me?”, “Vanilla Ice Cream”, “She Loves Me”

She Loves Me opens on Lyric Arts’ stage March 23rd!

Guys and Dolls

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling

When it comes to love, sometimes you have to take a chance, roll the dice, and hope that it will turn out in your favor.

From New York City’s bright lights to Havana’s dance clubs, Guys and Dolls pulls together an odd assortment of characters—a gambler, a puritanical missionary, a showgirl, and a game manager who pair up and fall in love. In the midst of high stakes, a guy shows how far he will go when he is in love with a “doll.”

Popular romantic song from the show: “I’ve Never Been in Love Before”

Guys and Dolls opens on Lyric Arts’ stage July 13th!

West Side Story  

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Arthur Laurents

The classic tale of forbidden love is told many a time in theater. 

Based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story has remained one of the most popular romantic stories of forbidden love. Maria and Tony become unwillingly caught up in the teenage gang fights between the Sharks and the Jets. The tragic lovers remain resilient to the end, believing that their love can overcome these ultimately unsurmountable barriers.

Popular romantic songs from the show: “Maria”, “Tonight”, “One Hand, One Heart”

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Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Based on the novella by Colette

Sometimes there are other possibilities other than marriage . . .

In the turn-of-the-20th-century Paris, Gigi is a young girl who is being trained by her aunt to be a high-society courtesan. Along the way Gigi bonds with the rich Gaston who has become bored with his high-society life and many affairs. Eventually, Gigi and Gaston start to fall in love, causing Gaston to question his way of living and his understanding of Gigi.

Popular romantic songs from the show: “Gigi”, “In This Wide, Wide World”

The Phantom of the Opera

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe

Book by Gaston Leroux

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless musical of how true love is based on more than a person’s outward appearance, emphasizing a person's deep longing for love and acceptance.

In 1890’s Paris, the Palais Garnier opera house is deemed haunted by a masked figure known as the Phantom of the Opera. Unbeknown to Christine Daae, a young and beautiful opera singer, the Phantom of the Opera has been her mysterious opera teacher for some time. What Christine also does not realize is that the Phantom is madly in love with her, and he will commit any horrific deed, including getting rid of Christine’s childhood love, in order to see her succeed on the opera stage and, ultimately, win her love.

Popular romantic songs from the show: “Music of the Night”, “All I Ask of You”

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The Fantasticks

Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones

A sincere and true relationship will last a lifetime when a couple is able to persevere through the hardships of life and love each other just as they are—imperfections and all.

Matt and Luisa live next door to each other, only separated by a wall and their feuding fathers. Soon, they fall in love. Both young people are oblivious to the fact that their fathers are only pretending to feud. After the truth is discovered and the lovers begin to see each other’s faults, Matt and Luisa are mortified with their fathers’ plan and annoyed with what reality has shown them about each other. Eventually, both Matt and Luisa must endure certain hardships, causing them to grow up and realize that they do truly love each other.

Popular romantic songs from the show: “Soon It’s Going to Rain”, “They Were You”


Music by Richard Rogers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Sometimes you just need to take a risk.

Julie Jordan instantly catches the eye of carousel barker Billy Bigelow at the town’s carnival. Both of them risk their jobs in order to spend time with each other, but neither is quite willing to risk telling the other their true feelings. Time passes and Billy and Julie marry, a baby comes along . . . and then the unexpected happens. Standing at the pearly gates, Billy now has the opportunity to have one day back on earth to help his now fifteen-year-old daughter in her own personal crisis and to tell Julie that he loves her.

Popular songs from the show: “If I Loved You”, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”