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Saddest songs in musical theater

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Saddest songs in musical theater #76
Posted: 7/26/18 at 6:01pm

"Poor Jud" and "Lonely Room" -- Oklahoma!

"I Won't Send Roses" -- Mack & Mable

 

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Saddest songs in musical theater #77
Posted: 7/26/18 at 6:02pm
Ditto Not a Day Goes By always guts me.

Iím not crying...youíre crying!!!
It's handled.
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Saddest songs in musical theater #78
Posted: 7/26/18 at 10:01pm

Les Mis
On my own
Bring Him Home
Empty Chairs Empty Tables.

Dear Evan Hansen
Words Fail
So Big So Small

Hamilton
It’s Quiet Uptown
The World Was Wide Enough
Who lives Who Dies Who tells...

Billy Elliot
The Letter and (Reprise)

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Updated On: 7/26/18 at 10:01 PM
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Saddest songs in musical theater #79
Posted: 7/26/18 at 10:24pm

-Not My Father's Son- Kinky Boots

-Days and Days & Telephone Wire- Fun Home

-Lead Us Out of the Night- Come From Away

I'll also throw a strange one in the mix. It's not necessarily "sad" but Where Did the Rock Go from School of Rock always makes me think about several passions of mine that I am unable to live out due to the demands of adult life.

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Saddest songs in musical theater #80
Posted: 7/26/18 at 10:25pm
It's Quiet Uptown and Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story - Hamilton

Finale - Les Miz

I know this isn't a musical, but the music that plays during the Albus/Scorpius staircase scene of Cursed Child is pretty gut wrenching.
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Saddest songs in musical theater #81
Posted: 7/27/18 at 3:47pm

The Gods Love Nubia from Aida made me cry buckets, because they’re all so full of hope while you know things will go sour in act two. 

Also I’ll Cover You reprise, Flesh failures/Let the Sun shine in, Gold a cappela (from Once - not really sad but just very beautiful) and The Letter. 

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Saddest songs in musical theater #82
Posted: 7/28/18 at 5:07am
Iíll echo a lot of whatís been mentioned. Itís Quiet Uptown, Days and Days, Telephone Wire, Your Daddyís Son, Bill, Send in the Clowns, Go Back Home, and I Dreamed a Dream.

A few others:

Back to Before from Ragtime

Youíll Never Walk Alone from Carousel.

And the ultimate gut-punch of a song ó Iíll Be Here from Ordinary Days.
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Saddest songs in musical theater #83
Posted: 7/28/18 at 1:51pm
50 percent - Ballroom
Lots Wife - Caroline Or Change

Also want to echo You'll never walk alone and I'll be Here. The only times I've been in the theatre and you just heard sniffles
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Saddest songs in musical theater #84
Posted: 7/28/18 at 10:41pm

"If I Loved You" (Reprise) from CAROUSEL

"The Letter" (Reprise) from BILLY ELLIOT. 

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Saddest songs in musical theater #85
Posted: 1/8/19 at 11:56pm

-Words Fail (Dear Evan Hansen)

-So Big/So Small (Dear Evan Hansen)

-I Am Here (Come From Away)

-Something's Missing (Come From Away) - I think that's at the top of the list for me... If you want to cry continually for 5 and a half minutes, that's the way.

-Ti Moune (Once On This Island)

-A Part Of Us - Once On This Island

-Children and Art (Sunday In the Park With George)

-Your Daddy's Son (Ragtime)

-I Dreamed A Dream (Les Mis)

-Higher (Allegiance)

-I'd Give My Life For You - Miss Saigon

and so many more...

 

you found your heart but left a part of you behind <3
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Saddest songs in musical theater #86
Posted: 1/9/19 at 12:31am

Loving You ~ Passion

"Anything you do, let it it come from you--then it will be new." Sunday in the Park with George
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Saddest songs in musical theater #87
Posted: 1/9/19 at 12:54am
When Theres No One from CARRIE

All the Wasted Time from PARADE ... such a hopeful song about a second chance at love but heartbreaking when you know what comes next.
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Saddest songs in musical theater #88
Posted: 1/9/19 at 2:04am
-Good Thing Going (Merrily We Roll Along)

-The I Love You Song (Spelling Bee)

-Go Back Home (The Scottsboro Boys)

-Another Winter In a Summer Town (Grey Gardens)

-Around The World (Grey Gardens)

-Telephone Wire (Fun Home)

-Dear One (KIss of the Spiderwoman)

-Ill Cover You Reprise (Rent)
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Saddest songs in musical theater #89
Posted: 1/9/19 at 10:26am

"The Hill" from Once.

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Saddest songs in musical theater #90
Posted: 1/9/19 at 11:42am

Tell Me Its Not True from BLOOD BROTHERS

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Saddest songs in musical theater #91
Posted: 1/9/19 at 7:42pm

I am going to add "Just Like That" from "A Christmas Story".  I love how it starts off as the mother trying to get Ralphie to stop crying by reminding him that these bad times are over "Just Like That", but the song's meaning changes into the mother's lament that her children are growing up so quickly and she wishes they could stay just the way they are; that their childhood will be over "Just Like That".  A sentiment most parents can identify with. 

 

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Saddest songs in musical theater #92
Posted: 1/9/19 at 10:11pm

IMO Les Mis corners the market here, between Eponine's On My Own and Fantine's I Dreamed a Dream.and Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, as well as Valjean's Bring Him Home.  In addition...

 

-- What Would You Do? from Cabaret is heartbreaking, particularly when sung by Lotte Lenya

-- All I ask of You from Phantom, specifically as sung by the Phantom at the end of the show;

-- To me, Move On is very sad in the context of the show; young George is at the end of his rope; all I could think of was how alone he was at that point, and the song is so haunting.

-- Rose'sTurn.  It may be bravura, but it is very sad.  At that point, she is questioning her whole life.

-- Not While I'm Around, in the context of the show.

-- When Your Feet Don't Touch the Ground from Finding Neverland.

-- Make Them Hear You from Ragtime

-- This Nearly Was Mine from South Pacific

-- I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face from MFL

-- The Party's Over from Bells Are Ringing

-- I Never Loved You from Cyrano

-- Once Upon a Time from All American

-- Send in the Clowns from ALNM

-- If He Walked Into My Life Today

-- Some Other Day from On The Town

-- The Impossible Dream, specifically in the finale

-- Far From the Home I Love and Anatevka from Fiddler

-- Something Wonderful from TKAI (it is a beautiful song, and always makes me sad when it is well done)

-- For Good From Wicked

-- Stay Alive and Who Lives, Who Dies, Who TellsYour Story from Hamilton

 

Agree with posters re You'll Never Walk Alone, Tell Me It's Not True, Words Fail, I'd Give My Life For You, Welcome Home, I Won't Send Roses.

 

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Saddest songs in musical theater #93
Posted: 1/10/19 at 1:35am
The Chavaleh Ballet from Fiddler on the Roof moves me to tears every time without fail. The last 20-30 minutes of that show absolutely wreck me in the best way.
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Saddest songs in musical theater #94
Posted: 1/10/19 at 7:38am

I think some people are confusing sad songs with songs that make them cry.  For instance, I don't see Back to Before from Ragtime to be sad, but I cry when I hear it.  I actually think it to be somewhat joyous song that closes the arc for Mother - she has finally become a full person standing on her own as a result of her experiences and is not the china doll that she was before.

There are many others.

 

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Saddest songs in musical theater #95
Posted: 1/10/19 at 10:11am

The saddest song ever I heard in a musical was "Till We Reach That Day" from Ragtime.

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Saddest songs in musical theater #96
Posted: 1/10/19 at 11:11am
She Used To Be Mine
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Wedding Sequence in Once On This Island
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Saddest songs in musical theater #97
Posted: 1/10/19 at 5:07pm

“Sonya Alone”—GREAT COMET

Updated On: 1/10/19 at 05:07 PM
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Saddest songs in musical theater #98
Posted: 1/10/19 at 6:43pm

"Surabaya Johnny" (Weill, "Happy End"Saddest songs in musical theater


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