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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Your showtune for April 23 is

“Live, Laugh, Love” – Follies

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

The title of this song is probably framed on a wall in millions of houses across the world.  This is because its simple message is universal.  In this musical about a reunion of performers in a condemned theatre, the man offering this easygoing ideology suffers a breakdown.  It’s important to live, laugh, love, and breathe.  You’ll lose your mind if you focus on the road you didn’t take.

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Your showtune for April 22 is

“Think Big” – John & Jen

Music: Andrew Lippa   Lyrics: Tom Greenwald

A girl tells her younger brother about the endless possibilities in life when you think big in this scrappy little musical about siblings and the effect they have on our lives.  Today is Earth Day.  Aside from going green today, think of all the ways you can improve our planet.  All you have to do is think big.

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Your showtune for April 21 is

“Bargaining” – Do I Hear a Waltz?

Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

With spring cleaning on the horizon, you really must know how to bargain if you intend to host a garage sale or attend one.  Not to worry.  You can learn great bargaining skills by listening to this jaunty tune where an Italian shop owner teaches an American the tricks of the trade from this lush musical set in Venice.

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