“Good Morning” – Singin’ In the Rain
Music: Nacio Herb Brown Lyrics: Arthur Freed
Although this song was originally written for the film version of Babes In Arms, it was made famous by this iconic musical about backstage Hollywood, and its simple message is one we say every day. Hope you have a good morning today. If you need a guarantee, play this tune during your morning routine and you may just feel like singin’ whether it’s raining or not.
“Round and Round” – A Tale of Two Cities
Music and Lyrics: Jill Santoriello
First it was a book. Then it was a film. Round and round it goes. Charles Dickens’ novel about the French Revolution is so enduring, it has seen adaptations on film, television, and the stage, including an opera which premiered on this day in 1953. Several of the characters celebrate in this song from one of many musical adaptations which shows the pattern of seeing popular works adapted into Broadway musicals. While this trend may not offer original stories, the new music is certainly something to celebrate.
“I Know It’s Today” – Shrek
Music: Jeanine Tesori Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire
Princess Fiona ages more than twenty years waiting to be rescued during this hilarious song from the musical based on the hit animated film. By the end, it’s understandable that she would be a little irritated that she’s still locked in a tower when Snow White and Rapunzel have already been saved. That exciting thing you want to happen in your life will not just happen all on its own. Today is the day to go out and make it happen yourself.
“Dusoleil Walks Through the Wall” – Amour
Music: Michel Legrand Lyrics: Didier Van Cauwelaert
French film Mr. Peek-a-boo premiered on this day in 1951. The film, like this musical, is based on Marcel Ayme’s story of a man who could walk through walls. In this quirky song, the timid Dusoleil narrates his actions, and the tempo picks up towards the end when he discovers his special ability and decides he should see a doctor. Of interesting note: There is a statue in Paris of Dusoleil appropriately in the midst of walking through a wall (pictured below).
“Topsy Turvy” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
Happy Musical Day! Today you must sing everything you say… April Fools. The citizens of Paris celebrate a similar holiday with a bit of gypsy flair in this jubilant number from this musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel and the Disney animated film. Be sure to keep your guard up and also your humor on this topsy turvy day.
“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.