“Someone in a Tree” – Pacific Overtures
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Master wordsmith and theatre legend Stephen Sondheim was born on this day in 1930. This musical about the westernization of the very traditional Japan is definitely one of his least accessible shows. Of all the songs he has written however, this is his favorite, and thus in honor of the prolific composer on his birthday.
“Bring On Tomorrow” – Fame
Music: Steve Margoshes Lyrics: Jacques Levy
The famed students of NYC’s High School of the Performing Arts from the 1980 film Fame, subsequent TV series, and the 2009 remake are back again in this musical. In this empowering number, the students join together in song to express their hopes for the future. It doesn’t matter what happens today, you’ll be prepared for what lies ahead. The future doesn’t control you, you control it, so bring on tomorrow!
“Hurry! It’s Lovely Up Here!” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Music: Burton Lane Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
Spring usually begins around this time of year, though sometimes the flowers take a while to catch up. In this delightful number from a musical about past lives, the slightly clairvoyant Daisy sings to various flower buds to get them to grow. Maybe if you sing to the plants in your neighborhood today, the flora and fauna will bloom that much quicker.