“Hold Me Bat Boy” – Bat Boy
Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe
The audience is given exposition in this terrific opening number and prepared for the harrowing tale to follow of a child that was born half-bat and half-human. The outrageously fun, campy musical is based on a story that ran in the tabloids, but it could actually be true. After all, stranger things have occurred, such as the birth of Dolly the sheep on this day in 1996, the first animal to be cloned.
“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.
“Dinner Song” – Sarah, Plain and Tall
Music: Laurence O’Keefe Lyrics: Nell Benjamin
A family bickers back and forth in this snappy tune from this musical based on the children’s book by Patricia Maclachlan about a farming clan dealing with loss and the new woman in their lives. It is a reminder not to skip dinner today. Dine with someone you care about for as much as you may squabble, these are the moments you will cherish once they’re gone.