Your showtune for January 26 is

“Oh, To Be a Movie Star” – The Apple Tree

Music: Jerry Bock   Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick

This winsome musical presents three different stories in three acts: “The Diary of Adam and Eve” based on a story by Mark Twain, “The Lady or the Tiger?” based on a story by Frank R. Stockton, and “Passionella” based on a series of cartoons by Jules Feiffer who was born on this day in 1929.  In this song from the third, chimney sweep Ella amusingly warbles her desire to be a movie star.  After she gets her wish, she eventually wins an Academy Award as did her creator Feiffer for Best Animated Short Film in 1961.

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