Stellar idea for a musical:
The story is set somewhere in the middle of the country. It's about a couple that regularly abuse each other physically and mentally. But it's okay, because the music is by Porter or Berlin or Rogers and Hammerstein or whatever.
The woman has had bad experiences with men in the past and is leery of them, but we know that all she really needs is the right man.
The man is a dick. Like, seriously. He's violent and arrogant. He basically thinks women are interchangeable and remembers them only by what kind of sex they offered. But it's okay because it's based on Shakespeare or something. And the woman's parents are like, "Yeah, that guy who treats you like garbage. He's the one!"
And then the man and the woman get in a huge fight and he beats her in front of her whole community. But it's okay because he really only turns her over his knee and we all know that that doesn't count as abuse and besides, did you hear the way she was talking to him? And he hits her so hard that the next day she's unable to do her job properly. Funny, right?
And then he dies because of his oversized ego leaving her with a child to raise on her own. And he goes to heaven.
I mean, this is a great idea, right? Right?!