“History Has Its Eyes on You” – Hamilton
Music and Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Today is a day to make history. Actually, every day you are making history whether you like it or not. George Washington sings this stirring reminder to act the way you want to be remembered in this hip-hop musical, a contemporary reimagining of American history and the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton. So go ahead and make history, but don’t forget, history has its eyes on you.
“Glitter and Be Gay” – Candide
Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Richard Wilbur
Could there be a more fitting number for the day the first Gay Pride March was held in 1970? In the comic aria, Cunegonde adorns herself with lavish jewelry while reflecting upon her honor. The song requires a soprano skilled in coloratura as it covers a wide range of ups and downs similar to the titular hero’s journeys in this operetta based on the novella by Voltaire.
“Sugar Daddy” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Trask
On this day in 1994, Anna Nicole Smith married J. Howard Marshall, a man whom many would call a sugar daddy as he was 63 years her senior. In this musical autobiography told by the fictional Hedwig, the transgendered East German rock star sings this zealous invitation for a sugar daddy. Shameless though it may be, the rollicking number is also a genuine plea by a desperate individual craving a better life. Whether this was the case with Anna Nicole Smith is unknown, but no one can fault someone for wanting to improve their situation.
“Wedding Bells” – Bare
Music: Damon Intrabartolo Lyrics: Jon Hartmere, Jr.
Rounding out our songs in honor of wedding bells, Peter dreams of marrying his secret boyfriend Jason in this number which opens the second act of this pop opera set in a Catholic boarding school. Unfortunately for Peter, his dream turns into a nightmare, and the show ends with Jason’s death as well as an uncertain future. Fortunately for us, the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional on this day in 2013, giving homosexual couples the right to get married in the U.S. and creating a world where Peter and Jason’s story need not end so tragically.