Your showtune for April 27 is

“At the Ballet” – A Chorus Line

Music: Marvin Hamlisch   Lyrics: Edward Kleban

A searing look at a dancers audition is the basis for this Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical which takes place on a bare stage.  Throughout the show, the dancers bare their souls and in this rueful song, a few of them recall how lovely an escape it was at the ballet.  Speaking of which, Congress gave the American Ballet Theatre the distinction of “America’s National Ballet Company” on this day in 2006.

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Your showtune for April 26 is

“Hey, Look Me Over!” – Wildcat

Music: Cy Coleman   Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh

A great comedienne left us when Lucille Ball passed away on this day in 1989.  The actress best known for the sitcom I Love Lucy only ever made one star appearance on Broadway in this musical where she played a feisty oil prospector and the titular wildcat.  During this number, she tells her friend how to greet the world with confidence and gusto.

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Your showtune for April 25 is

“Come Rain or Come Shine” – St. Louis Woman

Music: Harold Arlen   Lyrics: Johnny Mercer

Come rain or come shine, take some time for yourself today.  This song will help put you in the leisurely mood.  Its relaxing rhythm and amorous lyrics caused it to become a standard while the musical it came from is practically forgotten.  The show’s obscurity could be due to comparison with the musical Meet Me in St. Louis, which was already hugely popular by the time this opened on Broadway and remains so today.

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Your showtune for April 24 is

“I Don’t Want to Know” – Dear World

Music and Lyrics: Jerry Herman

Martita Hunt won a Tony Award for playing Countess Aurelia in The Madwoman of Chaillot on this day in 1949.  Twenty years later, Angela Lansbury took home a Tony for playing the same role in this musical version of the play.  In this number, the eccentric countess expresses a fervent desire to live in her own little dream and remain willfully ignorant of life’s troubles.

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