“If My Friends Could See Me Now” – Sweet Charity
Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields
Famous triple-threat Gwen Verdon made her last public stage appearance in a benefit concert of this musical held on this day in 1998. More than thirty years before that, she originated the lead role of plucky Charity Hope Valentine in the Broadway production. The show follows the romantic exploits of a dancer-for-hire who sees the world through rose-colored glasses and belts this cheerful song when she believes her luck is finally changing.