Your showtune for March 17 is

“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.

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Your showtune for October 3 is

“Look to the Rainbow” – Finian’s Rainbow

Music: Burton Lane   Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg

In this musical fantasy with Irish roots set in the fictional Rainbow Valley, Missitucky, Sharon sings this charmer about how her father follows his dreams.  NYC hot spot the Rainbow Room first opened on this day in 1934 and still stands, an official landmark of the city.  For unparalleled entertainment today, look to either rainbow.

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