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Our Favorite Friendships from Broadway Musicals

July 30, 2020 by Ali Bloomston
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While Golden Age musicals may have centered around a sprawling love story between a leading man and leading lady, contemporary musicals have placed an important emphasis on the value of friendship. For Friendship Day, we have rounded up our favorite Broadway character friendships. Send to your best friend, and decide if the two of you are a Hamilton + Laurens or a Janice + Damien. 

Spongebob & Patrick

Danny Skinner and Ethan Slater in “SpongeBob SquarePants” on Broadway. (Photographed by Joan Marcus)

Is there anything more pure and heartwarming than the friendship between two aquatic creatures? Spongebob and Patrick’s friendship transferred from cartoon to stage without losing any of the charm, and there is not a sweeter friendship anthem than “BFF,” a song whose lyrics include “This can’t get any better, You’re my best friend forever, B.F.F., that stands for us!” It definitely helps Ethan Slater (who plays SpongeBob) and Danny Skinner (who plays Patrick) are real life pals, and that chemistry definitely transfers to the show!

Damien & Janice

Grey Henson, Barrett Wilbert Weed, and Erika Henningsen in “Mean Girls” on Broadway (Photographed by Joan Marcus)

These two misfits stole our hearts in the Mean Girls film in 2004, and just when we thought we couldn’t love them any more, Tina Fey’s writing took these characters to the next level in the Broadway musical. The two characters sing “we’re not exactly joiners, but we’ll be good friends to you” as they take their new friend Cady under their wing.

Hamilton, Laurens, Mulligan, and Lafayette

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lafayette, Hercules Mulligan, John Laurens, and Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton. (Photographed by Joan Marcus)

In Hamilton, an instant bond forms between Alexander Hamilton, John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, and Lafayette. Sure, they are drinking buddies, but together they also dream of building a new country together and grounding it in their shared values. Together they sing “raise a glass to the four of us. Tomorrow there’ll be more than us” and realize that the power of their shared beliefs is so much greater than just themselves. 

Glinda & Elphaba

Photographed by Matt Crockett

Wicked is probably the most quintessential example of a contemporary musical where the primary plot line is about a friendship, not a relationship. The journey that Glinda and Elpaba take together, from sworn enemies to a friendship more akin to sisterhood, shows the multi-faceted aspects of female friendships, all told through iconic duets. Plus, are you even a theater kid if you haven’t told your best friend “because I knew you, I have been changed for good?”

Elder Price & Elder Cunningham

Photo Credit: The Book Of Mormon

The relationships between the two protagonists in the Book of Mormon is another example of a friendship that has quite the rocky start. Elder Price starts the show completely annoyed to be accompanied on his mission by the endlessly irritating and adoring Elder Cunningham, but goes from “You and Me, but Mostly me” to developing a soft spot for Cunningham.