Your showtune for November 1 is

“Holmes and Watson” – Drat! The Cat!

Music: Milton Schafer   Lyrics: Ira Levin

The famous Holmes and Watson first appeared in magazine Beeton’s Christmas Annual in the November 1887 issue called “A Study In Scarlet.”  During this suave number, the wily Alice convinces detective Bob to let her be his assistant.  Unaware that she is the cat burglar he is after, the simpleton Bob readily agrees in this musical comedy.

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Thornewood Castle, Lakewood, Washington

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Thornewood Castle, Lakewood, Washington

This house was dismantled and imported from England. It’s not quite the castle its name claims to be, but a 500 year old Tudor style house in Washington State is not something you see every day.

Your showtune for October 31 is

“Trick or Treat” – Captain Louie

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz

Happy Halloween!  This jolly number has the titular Louie trick or treating with his friends in this one-act musical based on the children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats.  Whether your plans involve tricks or treats, let this “Captain” steer you to fun today.

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Your showtune for October 30 is

“Holding Out For a Hero” – Footloose

Music and Lyrics: Jim Steinman & Dean Pitchford

Ariel, the daughter of a conservative minister, sings about the man she is waiting for in this vivacious number from this musical based on the film of the same name about a town where dancing has been outlawed.  Maybe she was waiting for pop star Enrique Iglesias who released the album Escape on this day in 2001 which included the song “Hero” in which he purred, “I can be your hero, baby.”

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Your showtune for October 29 is

“Darkest Hour” – The Light Princess

Music and Lyrics: Tori Amos & Samuel Adamson

History experienced one of its darkest hours when the stock market crash which led to the Great Depression reached its climax on this day in 1929.  While there was a long struggle ahead for all involved, there was eventually light again.  In this musical version of the Scottish fairy tale by George MacDonald, Princess Althea experiences her darkest hour in this woeful number where she considers suicide as a solution to her problems, but she too eventually finds light again.

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