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.
“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.
“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.)