“Waiting For Life” – Once on This Island
Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
Naïve young Ti Moune stares wide-eyed as a car passes by her island village then prays in this song, imploring the gods for an exciting purpose. It is a beautiful exultation in this calypso musical about love and class barriers based on the book My Love, My Love or The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy. So quit waiting around. Listen and live.
“Sweet Heaven” – Copacabana
Music: Barry Manilow Lyrics: Bruce Sussman & Jack Feldman
After moving locations, everyone was in sweet heaven when the famous nightclub Copacabana reopened in Times Square on this day in 2011, where it stands today. This musical based on Barry Manilow’s hit 1978 single of the same name (which in turn was based on the illustrious club) tells the story of a showgirl named Lola, the brainchild of an aspiring composer. In the composer’s imagined show-within-the-show, an incarnation of himself sings Lola’s praises in this swanky number.
“Night, Make My Day” – Casino Paradise
Music: William Bolcom Lyrics: Arnold Weinstein
Day made night when a total solar eclipse occurred on this day in 2010. This musical about the development of a casino in a quiet area by the sea includes this torch song crooned by a woman hoping for some fun. Like gambling, it can be enjoyed night and day, but unlike gambling, it can be enjoyed risk-free, so why not let this “Night…” make your day?
“Could We Start Again Please?” – Jesus Christ Superstar
Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice
This earnest request is sung by followers of Jesus after his betrayal in this rock opera based on stories of the religious figure’s life found in the New Testament. Think back to the first of this year. What resolutions have you abandoned by now? Ask yourself this question and maybe try for these goals one more time.
“Captain Jack” – Movin’ Out
Music and Lyrics: Billy Joel
Billy Joel’s dynamite songs provided the score for this jukebox musical about 1960’s youth told through dance. The captain referred to in this song is a drug dealer who gets character Eddie high. A different but just as sketchy Captain Jack was introduced on this day in 2003 when the first film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series was released.