Maybe that's the point of this thread--that friendship can have as deep a stake as any other relationship. In my real life, that is certainly true, and I hope I am not alone. The strongest negative human emotion is the response to being ignored, and not just romantically. Witness the meltdown at the end of Season Two of Ted Lasso that has fans polarized.
(And I'll bet Sondheim wanted to go on TV and have a right good meltdown when Prince directed Evita...and Phantom...and they were successes.)