The Gardens of Schloss Schwetzingen, Germany

The Gardens of Schloss Schwetzingen, Germany

Schwetzingen Palace has some of the most underrated gardens in all of Germany, maybe all of Europe. In the above picture is a garden structure inspired by stories of the mosques of Arabia.

Your showtune for October 8 is

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” – Oklahoma!

Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

This bright number starts a capella, the first a capella opening to a musical ever.  Its sunny lyrics set the tone of this show about a cowboy and his cantankerous courtship of a farm girl named Laurey in the territory of Oklahoma at the dawn of statehood.  The song also paved the way for many more a capella opportunities.  On this day in 2010, a completely a capella musical entitled Perfect Harmony began previews off-Broadway.


The Statue of Liberty, Paris, France

The Statue of Liberty, Paris, France

Very few people remember that the Statue of Liberty has a little sister in Paris. She also has a baby sister in Tokyo. Maybe I will post that another time.

Your showtune for October 7 is

“Edgar Allan Poe” – Snoopy

Music: Larry Grossman   Lyrics: Hal Hackaday

While students fret over their teacher asking them a question about Edgar Allan Poe, Snoopy relays the poet’s life story from birth to his death on this day in 1849 in this zingy number.  One of several classic moments recreated from the comic strip by Charles Schulz in this musical which reunites the Peanuts gang after their first foray onto the stage, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.


Your showtune for October 6 is

“Scrap” – The Full Monty

Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek

Television game show Nickelodeon Robot Wars was scrapped after one season on this day in 2002.  Perhaps the TV crew sang the doldrums like the unemployed steel mill workers during this number from this musical based on the film of the same name.  Six of the workers come up with a solution to their unbearable job woes when they decide to scrap their clothes and bare all in a strip-act.