Your showtune for August 2 is

“Too Darn Hot” – Kiss Me, Kate

Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter

This snazzy, dance-heavy number opens the second act of this tuner about a theatre company putting on a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew and the ongoing feud between the two leads.  It’s too darn hot around this time of year, so take a break along with the stage crew who sing this scorcher during the intermission of the show-within-a-show.

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Mercury of Copenhagen

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Mercury, Greek Deity of Messengers, Travelers, and Commerce, sits between the harbor and the Queen’s Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark.

I’ve always liked Mercury. He protects travelers, has a rapier wit, and doesn’t mind being seen wearing a smart hat.

Your showtune for August 1 is

“A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place” – The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Music and Lyrics: Carol Hall

Texas brothel, the Chicken Ranch, upon which this musical is based, closed on this day in 1973.  The madam of the house, Mona, describes it as a lil’ ole bitty pissant country place in this rollicking tune that will have you cheering for the world’s oldest profession.

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The Hungarian Parliament Building

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The Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary

One of the oldest legislative buildings in the world and certainly one of the most beautiful. I must have taken a thousand pictures of it. I was so utterly enchanted.

The Bergkirche (Haydnkirche), Eisenstadt, Austria

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The Bergkirche (Haydnkirche) of Eisenstadt, Austria

Do I have to point out how cool this church is? When is the last time you saw a church built like this? Huh!?!? It also is home to Haydn’s tomb. Just sayin’.

Your showtune for July 31 is

“Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes/Lorelei & Moulin Rouge!

Music: Jule Styne   Lyrics: Leo Robin

This dazzling gem sung by an American showgirl seeking her fortune in Paris in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the quintessential ode to gold-digging, or rather diamond-digging.  Marilyn Monroe delivered her iconic rendition of the song in the film version of the musical which had its opening in Los Angeles on this day in 1953, and the song also made an appearance as part of a medley in movie musical Moulin Rouge!  (The song was also used in a revised version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes entitled Lorelei–the original Broadway productions of both starred another famous blond, Carol Channing.)

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