“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.
“Black and White World” – The It Girl
Music: Paul McKibbins Lyrics: B.T. McNicholl
In this opening number, a cinema operator is sucked into the black and white world of the classic silent movie It where she becomes the new leading lady and girl with it all: style, sex appeal, and eventually, the man of her dreams. It’s musical fluff that is not very memorable but pleasant nonetheless, much like the first color TV program broadcast on this day in 1951. While pleasant, the program was not very memorable since black and white televisions prevented the majority of people from enjoying it.
“Song of a Summer Night” – The Most Happy Fella
Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser
Tonight, enjoy the tender glow summer brings with this song in dedication of lovers. Eulogizing the sights and sounds of nature during a summer night, the song persuades a community to allow a bride and groom some privacy. It is one of many serenely operatic moments in this musical about an intergenerational romance based on the play They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard.
“When Love Goes Wrong” – Lucky In the Rain
Music: Jimmy McHugh Lyrics: Harold Adamson & Dorothy Fields
When love goes wrong, it can go really wrong, as demonstrated on this day in 1993 when Lorena Bobbitt infamously removed her husband’s penis with a knife. Luckily, things don’t go quite as wrong in this show about American journalists working for a newspaper in 1920’s Paris. The two ladies who sing this bluesy lament may note that nothing goes right, but since it is a musical comedy, in the end everything does.
“Quiet Please, There’s a Lady On Stage” – The Boy From Oz
Music: Peter Allen Lyrics: Peter Allen & Carole Bayer Sager
When Judy Garland died on this day in 1969, the world was left in a state of bereavement and bewilderment. In this jukebox musical based on the life of Peter Allen, Garland appears as a major supporting character who serves as a mentor to the young, up-and-coming Allen. The singer/songwriter honors her passing with this solemn number which builds to a celebratory conclusion, made especially moving by the fact that Allen, like Garland, was also taken from this earth before anyone was ready.
“Eternity” – Possessed
Music: Carter Cathcart Lyrics: Jason Darrow
One of many musical retellings of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this show can be a difficult listen, but this seductive gem sung by Dracula as he beckons his prey is a standout. Listening to the haunting melody, you may just find yourself possessed by the notion of living for eternity as a vampire. Before you consider giving up daylight however, better plan to make the most of the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, which occurs around this time in the Northern Hemisphere.