Your showtune for June 27 is

“Sugar Daddy” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Trask

On this day in 1994, Anna Nicole Smith married J. Howard Marshall, a man whom many would call a sugar daddy as he was 63 years her senior.  In this musical autobiography told by the fictional Hedwig, the transgendered East German rock star sings this zealous invitation for a sugar daddy.  Shameless though it may be, the rollicking number is also a genuine plea by a desperate individual craving a better life.  Whether this was the case with Anna Nicole Smith is unknown, but no one can fault someone for wanting to improve their situation.

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Your showtune for June 26 is

“Wedding Bells” – Bare

Music: Damon Intrabartolo   Lyrics: Jon Hartmere, Jr.

Rounding out our songs in honor of wedding bells, Peter dreams of marrying his secret boyfriend Jason in this number which opens the second act of this pop opera set in a Catholic boarding school.  Unfortunately for Peter, his dream turns into a nightmare, and the show ends with Jason’s death as well as an uncertain future.  Fortunately for us, the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional on this day in 2013, giving homosexual couples the right to get married in the U.S. and creating a world where Peter and Jason’s story need not end so tragically.

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Your showtune for June 25 is

“Black and White World” – The It Girl

Music: Paul McKibbins   Lyrics: B.T. McNicholl

In this opening number, a cinema operator is sucked into the black and white world of the classic silent movie It where she becomes the new leading lady and girl with it all: style, sex appeal, and eventually, the man of her dreams.  It’s musical fluff that is not very memorable but pleasant nonetheless, much like the first color TV program broadcast on this day in 1951.  While pleasant, the program was not very memorable since black and white televisions prevented the majority of people from enjoying it.

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Your showtune for June 24 is

“Song of a Summer Night” – The Most Happy Fella

Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser

Tonight, enjoy the tender glow summer brings with this song in dedication of lovers.  Eulogizing the sights and sounds of nature during a summer night, the song persuades a community to allow a bride and groom some privacy.  It is one of many serenely operatic moments in this musical about an intergenerational romance based on the play They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard.

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Your showtune for June 23 is

“When Love Goes Wrong” – Lucky In the Rain

Music: Jimmy McHugh   Lyrics: Harold Adamson & Dorothy Fields

When love goes wrong, it can go really wrong, as demonstrated on this day in 1993 when Lorena Bobbitt infamously removed her husband’s penis with a knife.  Luckily, things don’t go quite as wrong in this show about American journalists working for a newspaper in 1920’s Paris.  The two ladies who sing this bluesy lament may note that nothing goes right, but since it is a musical comedy, in the end everything does.

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Your showtune for June 22 is

“Quiet Please, There’s a Lady On Stage” – The Boy From Oz

Music: Peter Allen   Lyrics: Peter Allen & Carole Bayer Sager

When Judy Garland died on this day in 1969, the world was left in a state of bereavement and bewilderment.  In this jukebox musical based on the life of Peter Allen, Garland appears as a major supporting character who serves as a mentor to the young, up-and-coming Allen.  The singer/songwriter honors her passing with this solemn number which builds to a celebratory conclusion, made especially moving by the fact that Allen, like Garland, was also taken from this earth before anyone was ready.

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Your showtune for June 21 is

“Eternity” – Possessed

Music: Carter Cathcart   Lyrics: Jason Darrow

One of many musical retellings of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this show can be a difficult listen, but this seductive gem sung by Dracula as he beckons his prey is a standout.  Listening to the haunting melody, you may just find yourself possessed by the notion of living for eternity as a vampire.  Before you consider giving up daylight however, better plan to make the most of the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, which occurs around this time in the Northern Hemisphere.

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