Top 10 Iconic Broadway Love Triangles



Top 10 Iconic Broadway Love Triangles

VOICE OVER: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Tal Fox
These are the most dramatic and iconic Broadway love triangles! It takes two to tango and three's a crowd, but for this list, we're focussing on shows that originated on Broadway, I.e. no “Frozen,” “Legally Blonde,” or “Holiday Inn,” and it must be a triangle so any love stories with more than three people will not be considered. From Kim, Chris & Ellen in “Miss Saigon”, to Elphaba, Fiyero & Glinda in “Wicked”, join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Broadway Love Triangles.

Top 10 Broadway Love Triangles

It takes two to tango and three’s a crowd. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Broadway Love Triangles.

For this list, we’re focussing on shows that originated on Broadway, I.e. no “Frozen,” “Legally Blonde,” or “Holiday Inn,” and it must be a triangle so any love stories with more than three people will not be considered.

#10: Phoebe D'Ysquith, Monty Navarro & Sibella Hallward

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

Life must be really hard when you discover your family is rich and, you have two women vying for your love. Monty Navarro is torn between the vivacious, gold-digging newlywed, Sibella,and his distant relative,the beautiful and virtuous Phoebe. Neither woman knows about the other while trying to win his affections, meanwhile he continues to climb the social ladder by murdering everyone standing between him and the family fortune. Despite everything, when each woman learns about the other, they’re both perfectfully happy to share him and keep this triangle going.

#9: Natasha Rostova, Andrey Bolkonsky & Anatole Kuragin

“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

When we first meet Natasha, she’s in love with her fiance, Andrey,but when he goes off to war, enter Anatole. Natasha falls in love with the aristocratic bad boy and even breaks off her engagement with plans to elope with her new beau. Natasha is so smitten, she overlooks his egotistical, self-serving qualities. Oh, and there’s the fact that he’s already married,but however heartbroken she may be, her tragic story falls upon deaf ears when Pierre tries to convince Andrey into taking her back, and honestly, who could blame him?

#8: Kim, Chris & Ellen

“Miss Saigon”

Tissues at the ready. It has been three years since the war ended and the GI’s left Vietnam. Yet, Kim’s entire world is built on her unshakable faith that Chris will come back for her. Unfortunately, what she doesn’t know is that Chris is now married. And while we’re utterly heartbroken for Kim, we feel bad for Ellen too as she wonders if she should be the one to stand down. The lovers are briefly reunited under tragic circumstances as Kim takes her own life and dies in Chris’ arms.

#7: Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle & Freddy Eynsford-Hill

“My Fair Lady”

Eliza is nothing more to Henry Higgins than a way to win a bet. Meanwhile, Freddy Eynsford-Hill falls for her immediately and even wants to marry her. Despite all her hard work with Higgins, he continues to dismiss her, sending her straight into Freddy’s arms. It’s only at this point that he realizes that he’s, “Grown Accustomed to Her Face” and goes after her to apologize. It’s not the most romantic gesture and yet she accepts and returns to him. All we’re saying is that there’s a strong case forTeam Freddy.

#6: Radames, Aida & Amneris


This triangle involves star-crossed lovers and we all know how well that usually works out. Egyptian soldier, Radames is betrothed to Princess Amneris but he’s fallen for Nubian slave, and secret princess, Aida. Adding more fuel to the flame, Aida becomes Amneris’ handmaiden and the pair become fast friends, making her discovery of the affair sting even more. Sadly, the lovers are sentenced to death for alleged treason. But in a final act of mercy to the two people she loved, Amneris convinces her father to let them die together.

#5: Mimi Marquez, Roger Davis & Benny Coffin


While there’s nothing quite like the Tango Maureen, we’re going to focus on the triangle between Benny, Mimi,and Roger. Benny goes out of his way to psyche Roger out by letting him know that he was Mimi’s last boyfriend. Benny’s meddling even manages to break up the couple and sends the dancer straight back into his arms. It takes Mimi almost dying for Roger to let bygones be bygones as he realizes he doesn’t want to live without her. The two unite after finally learning that there’s “No Day But Today.”

#4: Alexander Hamilton, Eliza Hamilton & Angelica Schuyler


You know what’s harder than being in any old love triangle? When the other woman is your sister. Sure, Angelica was the one who introduced Eliza to Hamilton,but in doing so, she spends the rest of the show suppressing her true feelings. And when they get married, she does her sisterly duties as maid of honor, while revealing to the audience how she really feels. While Angelica goes on to marry someone else and moves away, when Burr fires that fatal shot, she and Eliza both rush to Alexander’s side.

#3: Elphaba, Fiyero & Glinda


Fiyero and Glinda are all set to dance through life together, but as this pretty-boy airhead spends more time with our favorite green witch, he has a change of heart. When Glinda holds a press conference to announce their surprise engagement, he realizes he’s with the wrong witch and goes to find Elphaba. While we do feel bad for Glinda, our hearts just melt when the love birds sing,“As Long As You’re Mine.”Eventually,Glinda forgives them both and even helps them take that first step to happily ever after.

#2: Marius Pontmercy, Cosette & Éponine

“Les Misérables”

We hope you haven’t put those tissues away yet. Éponine is head-over-heels in love with Marius,but he only has eyes for Cosette. “On My Own”is an iconic musical theatre track about the anguish of unrequited love, yet she still acts as a wing woman and helps Marius and Cosette come together. It’s a bittersweet ending for Éponine who confesses her love to Marius before dying in his arms. While we try to hold back those tears, Cosette and Marius’ wedding makes us hopeful for a better time ahead.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are some honorable mentions

Effie Melody White, Deena Jones & Curtis Taylor, Jr.


Tzeitel, Motel Kamzoil & Lazar Wolf

“Fiddler on the Roof”

Jenna Hunterson, Earl Hunterson & Dr. Jim Pomatter


#1: Christine Daaé, Raoul de Chagny & The Phantom

“The Phantom of the Opera”

When Christine becomes an unexpected understudy, her sweet vocals win the affections of her childhood friend, Raoul. Little do they realize that Raoul isn’t the only one who takes a liking to Christine and The Phantom is willing to play dirty. This triangle culminates in a dramatic standoff where Christine must decide between the two men. Seeing that Christine is willing to sacrifice her freedom for Raoul’s life, The Phantom has a change of heart and sets them both free. And as they leave, we feel kinda bad for our heartbroken anti-hero.