Love is in the air on the Broadway stage. We already know that Broadway makes an unbeatable date night, but if you really want to take it to the next level, a proposal on stage after the show usually does the trick. There’s something about a marriage proposal in front of a live audience that’s truly magical – for both the people getting engaged and for the theatergoers who end their night by witnessing such a memorable moment.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite engagements that went down on the Great White Way, plus one that’s extra dear to our hearts even though it didn’t place directly on the stage. (We are hopeless romantics and we’re totally OK with that.)
1. Love Wins at Kinky Boots
On Valentine’s Day in 2016, as soon as the curtain call ended at Kinky Boots, Lola announced that two lucky people had won a promotion to get up on stage. Their names were Devon and Wilson – and one of them was very surprised (the other, not so much). Lola told the couple that they were free to say anything they wanted on stage in front of the crowd, which is when one of them dropped to his knee and said, “I love you so much.” Lola made sure to check out the ring, and the rest, as they say, is history.
2. The Story of Tonight at Hamilton
On March 1, 2017, the story of tonight was all about Dan and Catherine – because the couple got engaged on stage at one of the most iconic Broadway shows in history: Hamilton. “When we first met, I couldn’t wait to see Hamilton,” Dan said to a smiling (and unsuspecting) Catherine. “When we started dating, I couldn’t wait to see Hamilton with you. And ever since a few months ago, I couldn’t wait to propose to you at Hamilton.” Then he dropped to a knee and all of the cast members hanging on stage for the show after the show started crying. In other words, everything was as it should be.
3. All the Right Moves
The final performance of Bandstand in 2017 ended with two members of the show’s team deciding to spend the rest of their lives together. Immediately after the show wrapped, Choreographer Mark Stuart proposed to his girlfriend, Jaime Verazin, who was one of the musical’s ensemble members. “We got to work on this special piece together and we both left a big part of our hearts in that theater and with that family,” Stuart explained. “It seemed like the perfect way to move on to the next phase of our lives and to include our family in it.”
4. All I Ask of You (Is to Marry Me)
On May 7, 2018 Eliyahu Kheel, the force behind the popular Facebook group All Things Broadway, took his then-girlfriend, Keira Todd, to see one of the most famous Broadway shows in history: Phantom of the Opera – but Kheel is was there to make his own history. “I’ve never seen [Phantom] on Broadway before and I couldn’t wait!” Todd told Broadway Spin. “After the show, he asked me if I wanted to go backstage and look at the props and costumes of the show.” This didn’t raise any flags because the two regularly get this special access since Kheel runs All Things Broadway.
“We were taken backstage by a former Carlotta, Michele Mcconnell, who is the exact opposite of her former character,” Todd recalled. “We took pictures with the music box, I got to see the original lighting plot backstage, it was a great time. Then, as we were making our way to the front of the stage to take a picture with the chandelier in the background, he got on one knee and proposed on the stage, while telling me, ‘Anywhere you go, let me go too’ — a quote from the show. I cried so much, I said yes, and now we’re creating a Broadway wedding that’s in June!”
5. The Fairytale Delivered at Pretty Woman
On January 22, 2019 Pretty Woman frontman Andy Karl grabbed the mic and announced that he had a surprise for the audience – two lucky winners would get a chance to come on stage and take a picture with the cast. The “winners” were Gary and Belinda. When they made it up to the stage, Karl asked Gary, “Is there anything you’d like to say in regards to winning?” Gary didn’t miss a beat. “Well I’d like to ask if she would marry me,” he said, dropping to a knee. Our hearts be still.
6. Magic at Harry Potter
On February 3, Broadway Roulette (yes, us!) sent one lucky winner and her boyfriend to a two-show day at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Later that night, she took to Instagram to describe her experience. “Well everyone, today is officially the best day of my life,” she wrote. “I got to see a play I never thought I’d be able to see and the love of my life sacrificed watching his team in the Superbowl so he could see it with me. Then, when we got home, he asked me to marry him. Obviously, I said yes! Thank you, @johnbizzz for truly always doing anything to make me happy. You’re the best fiancé a girl could ask for. I’M ENGAGED WHAAATTTT!!!!!!”
In other words, we’re not saying that if you spin the wheel with Broadway Roulette, you’ll end up getting engaged… but we’re also not not saying that.
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