Your showtune for September 3 is

“What You Need” – Grand Hotel

Music and Lyrics: Robert Wright & George Forrest

What you need today is a delicious song from a grand musical.  Look no further.  Vicki Baum’s novel Menschen Im Hotel and the 1932 film Grand Hotel based on it are the inspiration for this opulent show about the intriguing guests and staff of a luxurious hotel in 1920’s Berlin.  Retiring prima ballerina Elizaveta Grushinskaya’s confidante Rafaella considers her needs and that of her mistress who she secretly desires in this wistful number.

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Pérouges, France

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Pérouges, France

If you think you may have seen this before, you’re probably right. Due to it’s extremely well preserved state, the medieval town of Pérouges is often chosen as a site for movies set in the medieval period.

Your showtune for September 2 is

“Just For Tonight” – They’re Playing Our Song

Music: Marvin Hamlisch   Lyrics: Carole Bayer Sager

Sonia decides not to spoil the mood during this pretty act one closer from this intimate drama about the romantic relationship between a composer and a lyricist.  Just for today, don’t let anyone spoil your mood.  As the song says, it couldn’t hurt anyone, and you may come back from the experience a little wiser.

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Ruins of Vienne, France

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Ruins that have been turned into a park in Vienne, France

Vienne is rich in ruins. Vienne is also home to a ruined Roman temple and theatre.

Your showtune for September 1 is

“Nobody’s Side” – Chess

Music: Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus  Lyrics: Tim Rice

When World War II began, Sweden professed it was on nobody’s side when it declared neutrality on this day in 1939.  In this musical about an international chess tournament set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Florence realizes she might be on nobody’s side in this electrifying number.  With music by the gentlemen behind Swedish pop sensation ABBA, this is one game where nobody will lose no matter whose side they’re on.

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The Weight of Oneself, Lyon, France

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The Weight of Onself by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Lyon, France

Your showtune for August 31 is

“Everything’s Coming Up Roses” – Gypsy

Music: Jule Styne   Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Every theatre fan should know this superb musical about Gypsy Rose Lee and her rise to stardom from the gawky Louise to burlesque queen.  However, the true star of the show is her indomitable stage mother, Mama Rose a.k.a. Rose Thompson Hovick, who was born on this day in 1890.  After the favored June runs away, Mama Rose turns her attention to her other daughter Louise and roars this spine-tingling, powerhouse number in a thrilling end to act one.

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