Your showtune for March 19 is

“There is a Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute” – Barnum

Music: Cy Coleman   Lyrics: Michael Stewart

At the 25th Academy Awards ceremony held on this day in 1953, The Greatest Show On Earth won Best Picture in a surprise upset.  Set in the merged Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the film must have charmed critics with its extravagant production value and spectacle, but now it is regarded as one of the worst movies to win the prestigious award.  Seems there truly is a sucker born ev’ry minute just as P.T. Barnum sings in this wry number from a musical about the showman who co-founded Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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Your showtune for December 16 is

“Dimples” – Little Me

Music: Cy Coleman   Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh

Shirley Temple, a child star best known for her curly hair and dimples (having appeared in such classic films as Curly Top and Dimples), announced her retirement from films on this day in 1950.  A woman named Belle narrates her hilarious story in this fictional musical autobiography, telling of how she had a vaudeville act as a Shirley Temple-like character named Dimples in this number.

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Your showtune for November 27 is

“You Can Always Count On Me” – City of Angels

Music: Cy Coleman    Lyrics: David Zippel

Count Von Count made his first appearance on children’s television series Sesame Street on this day in 1972, and ever since we could count on the Count to count for us.  You can also count on this torch song for a good time, a lament about men sung by a woman and her alter-ego in this musical tribute to film noir which takes place in the real world as well as a screenwriter’s fantasy.

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Your showtune for September 29 is

“Babette” – On the Twentieth Century

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Betty Comden & Adolph Green

This musical comedy set on a luxury train during the 1920’s concerns an actress named Lily Garland and the desperate theatre producer hoping to use her in his new project.  The glorious Madeline Kahn originated the role of Lily in the Broadway production and sang this gem in the second act, a highlight of the cast recording.  Taken from this world far too soon, this song is in recognition of the late great actress and comedienne who was born on this day in 1942.

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