Celebrate Galentine’s Day with these amazing musical duets for women!
We’re all about ladies celebrating ladies, copyright Leslie Knope! As the deputy director of Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation says, it’s the best day of the year, so we’re celebrating Galentine’s Day the only way we know how: theater style.
Whether you’re spending February 13 with girlfriends or just want to celebrate the women in your life just because, here are some tunes you can queue up on our playlist for some real theatrical girl power vibes.
“Does Anybody Have a Map?” – Dear Evan Hansen
Real talk: The moms are the true stars of Dear Evan Hansen….or, maybe just this number. As Heidi Hansen and Cynthia Murphy struggle to connect with their families, they lament about their unique and universal motherhood struggles. All moms might be different, but there’s a very relatable message between these mothers.
“A Very Nice Prince” – Into the Woods
Okay, so this one doesn’t pass the Bechdel test, but sometimes ladies just need to sing about boys! Cinderella and The Baker’s Wife both have encounters with Cinderella’s Prince, and girls just need a quick vent sesh.
“For Good” – Wicked
Okay, here’s the Galentine’s duet to end all Galentine’s duets. The unbreakable bond of female friendship is what this day is about, and even though Elphaba and Glinda started out as enemies, their friendship in Wicked is one for the ages.
“Take Me or Leave Me” – Rent
Did somebody say lovers’ quarrel? We’re here for the feisty sparring between Maureen and Joanne. These two always seem to be at each other’s throats, but ultimately it’s all in the name of love. Sometimes you just have to belt out your dealbreakers, you know?
“Dance With You” – The Prom
This romantic duet is essentially the opposite of “Take Me or Leave Me.” Emma and Alyssa meet under the bleachers and share their love in secret, dreaming of the day when they’ll one day be able to dance together at the prom.
“If Momma Was Married” – Gypsy
Sisters have a special kind of bond, don’t they? Especially sisters dealing with a somewhat unhinged mother who is trying to make them famous. Maybe if momma was married they wouldn’t be caught up in this mess? Only time will tell.
“What You Don’t Know About Women” – City of Angels
“How the Other Half Lives” – Thoroughly Modern Millie
Comparison is the death of joy, but that doesn’t stop Millie and Dorothy from wanting to switch social classes. After the pair’s first meeting, they step right into dreaming of a different life for themselves on the other side of the tracks.
“I Will Never Leave You” and “Who Will Love Me As I Am?” – Side Show
Okay, so it’s impossible to be closer than these two sisters, as conjoined twins Daisy and Violet are literally connected. In their unique situation, they know each other’s struggles and needs more intimately than anyone else, and they also know what it means to be there for each other.
“Bosom Buddies” – Mame
“Some Things Are Meant To Be” – Little Women
Sisters are still the best, right? Although this song always leaves us sobbing, we could listen to Jo and Beth sing about their family forever.
“In His Eyes” – Jekyll and Hyde
What happens when two women are in love with the same man? In Jekyll and Hyde, they sing about it of course. However, things get a little tricky when Hyde decides to rear his nasty face.
“Every Day a Little Death” – A Little Night Music
Okay, so is this a 2021 mood? We’ll let you decide.
“I Can’t Lose You” – Frozen
In the movie Frozen, Anna and Elsa share very little screen time. They sing together a bit in “First Time in Forever,” but onstage their relationship really flourishes, especially with this brand-new duet “I Can’t Lose You.”
“The Color Purple” – The Color Purple
Celie and Shug each have their own struggles in The Color Purple, but the love they share for each other is like nothing else. And when they join their voices in song, you just know it’s all going to be okay.
“Nowadays” – Chicago
Sometimes your nemesis becomes your friend who becomes your dance partner. Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart might be accused murderesses, but they sure know how to put on a show!
“Dogfight” – Dogfight
Sometimes a dude screws you over and you just need to screlt a little bit. When Rose learns that Eddie only invited her to the dance to compete for the title of “ugliest girl,” she’s upset, but instead of crying in the bathroom, she joins up with another competitor to let out her rage.
“Secondary Characters” – Title of Show
“By the end of this song, we’ll be best friends.” Heidi and Susan may have different performing strengths, but they come together in their one moment onstage without the men to share their story and bond their friendship forever.
“Ohio” – Wonderful Town
“Marry the Man Today” – Guys and Dolls
Love and marriage don’t always go hand in hand, and Adelaide and Sarah both know that sometimes you need to lock down a man and then change his ways.
“I Don’t Know His Name” – She Loves Me
More singing about a man! Maybe not the perfect Valentine’s Day vibe, but this duet from “She Loves Me” about a mysterious romance can coax the romance Scrooge in all of us.
“Let Me Be Your Star” – Smash
Ambition and competition often go hand in hand, and for Karen Carpenter and Ivy Lynn, winning the chance to play Marilyn Monroe on Broadway is all they care about. So of course, a dueling ballad to the casting director is the only recipe for success.