The Best Broadway Breakup Songs to Write To

Yesterday, I was writing an intense “will-they-or-won’t-they” breakup scene, and I found myself listening to a lot of Broadway showtunes while I did.  There’s something that comes from a heartfelt ballad and a belting voice that you can’t get anywhere else.  So here is what it inspired. The best Broadway breakup songs to write to.

  • “Leave” from Once – This is the one that inspired it all. It’s the opening number of Once, and it’s absolutely beautiful and tragic. It helps that Steve Kazee’s voice is just delicious and melty.
  • “It All Fades Away” from The Bridges of Madison County – This one isn’t really a breakup song, so much as it’s about lost love. Regardless, Steven Pasquale’s powerful belting and heartbroken soul was enough to keep the words coming out.
  • “Burn” from Hamilton – Need an edge of anger to your breakup writing song? Look no further than “Burn.” The song builds from heartbreak to thinly concealed rage. (And it’s perfect to belt along to, if you’re feeling the need to sing.)
  • “Get Out and Stay Out” from 9 to 5 – Want to talk about angry breakup songs? Belting breakup songs? It’s this one. This is the empowered breakup song on the list. After a bad breakup, the heroine figures herself out. And Stephanie J. Block belts her face off. It’s incredible.

I might not be here to blog next week. Spring break and I’m headed to NYC and Broadway! See you next time!


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