“You Love Who You Love” – Bonnie and Clyde
Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Don Black
In this musical about the infamous duo, Bonnie and Clyde’s sister-in-law describe why they love who they love during this number. Although it didn’t work out for the outlaws, loving someone is not a crime. Luckily some people understood that when the first formal meeting of gay support group PFLAG took place on this day in 1973.
“Matchmaker, Matchmaker” – Fiddler on the Roof
Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick
Tevye’s daughters yearn for a suitable match in this playful number from a musical about a traditional Jewish milkman and his family which has now become an enduring classic. Television network ABC must have been a fan of the song as they decided to play matchmaker when TV dating show The Bachelor premiered on this day in 2002.
“Michigan Water” – Jelly’s Last Jam
Music: Jelly Roll Morton Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead
According to famous jazz artist Jelly Roll Morton in this musical (one of two about his life; the other being Jelly Roll), Michigan water tastes like sherry wine. The residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan may not have agreed when they experienced one of the most disastrous floods on this day in 1904, though it floods in the state quite regularly. Still, the smooth, lazy beat of this number makes “Michigan Water” quite pleasing to the ear, even if the taste is debatable.
“Liaisons” – A Little Night Music
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Amorous but amoral novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses was first published on this day in 1782 detailing sordid liaisons among the French aristocracy. Similar, but less scandalous, this musical about the romantic liaisons between a group of people one summer in Sweden is an elegant and rueful look at love and lust. In this number, the elderly Madame Armfeldt reminisces about her liaisons when she was a much younger woman.