“Bring On Tomorrow” – Fame
Music: Steve Margoshes Lyrics: Jacques Levy
The famed students of NYC’s High School of the Performing Arts from the 1980 film Fame, subsequent TV series, and the 2009 remake are back again in this musical. In this empowering number, the students join together in song to express their hopes for the future. It doesn’t matter what happens today, you’ll be prepared for what lies ahead. The future doesn’t control you, you control it, so bring on tomorrow!
“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.
“Ireland” – Legally Blonde
Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin
No, this is not an Irish pub song that will make you want to guzzle beer, but it is fitting for St. Patrick’s Day nonetheless. When heartache strikes the determined heroine of this peppy musical based on the novel and film, hairdresser Paulette tries to cheer her up with Irish music. Plaintively sung by a woman who longs to visit the Emerald Isle but believes she never will, this song is a goofy, passionate endorsement of Ireland, and therefore ideal for the country’s most famous national holiday.
“Snow” – White Christmas Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin
“Snow” – Wings Music: Jeffrey Lunden Lyrics: Arthur Perlman
The southeastern U.S. was slammed by a storm of the century blizzard on this day in 1993 causing so much snow that it warranted two different songs entitled “Snow” to represent today. In the song from the holiday classic White Christmas, everyone is excited about the prospect of snow, though the lyrics don’t say that most would prefer it be gone by March. In the duet from the cerebral Wings, an elderly woman shares her memories of snow.
“The Best of Times” – La Cage Aux Folles
Music and Lyrics: Jerry Herman
At a very awkward dinner party, drag queen Albin lets everyone know these are the best of times in this glorious number, including the conservative parents of his partner’s son’s fiancé. It sounds a little crazy, but it’s a great way to describe the plot of this madcap yet equally touching musical about being yourself no matter who you are. The story has proven to be very popular as it is based on a hit French play which was turned into a film that spawned two sequels as well as an American remake entitled The Birdcage, released on this day in 1996.
“Solidarity” – Billy Elliot
Music: Elton John Lyrics: Lee Hall
The UK miners’ strike of 1984-85 officially began on this day and provides the backdrop for this moving show about a working class neighborhood amidst considerable strife and a young boy who finds his calling in an unconventional activity. During this song, the town stays unified and faces riot police while Billy excels at ballet.
“Falling Slowly” – Once
Music and Lyrics: Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
You will likely fall slowly under a spell as you listen to this entrancing song from the achingly beautiful film and musical Once. Its warm, folksy melody will sweep you off your feet and steal your heart just as it did for the Irish musician and his Czech muse in this bittersweet tale of love. Critics also fell in love for the song won Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards on this day in 2008, beating out strong competition (including three songs from Disney’s musical masterpiece, Enchanted).