Your showtune for June 13 is

“June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” – Carousel

Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

As summer sets in, the residents of a New England coastal town prepare for a clambake in this joyous number from this musical about a romance that blossoms after a chance meeting on the titular merry-go-round.  With June in full swing, time to bust out the flip flops, swim suits, and picnic baskets and have some summer fun!

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Your showtune for May 29 is

“Honey Bun” – South Pacific

Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

This song is in honor of USO entertainer extraordinaire Bob Hope who was born on this day in 1903.  During the comedic number, nurse Nellie Forbush dresses like a sailor and sings about her honey bun, a man poorly disguised as a woman.  It is all part of a Thanksgiving Follies show being performed for the troops in this musical set during World War II about romance complicated by racial prejudice.

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Your showtune for April 21 is

“Bargaining” – Do I Hear a Waltz?

Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

With spring cleaning on the horizon, you really must know how to bargain if you intend to host a garage sale or attend one.  Not to worry.  You can learn great bargaining skills by listening to this jaunty tune where an Italian shop owner teaches an American the tricks of the trade from this lush musical set in Venice.

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Your showtune for March 3 is

“I Enjoy Being a Girl” – Flower Drum Song

Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

For all those who enjoy being a girl, Hinamatsuri or Girl’s Day takes place every year on this day in Japan.  Celebrate with this saucy number sung by a self-confident woman who likes to show off.  The song is actually from a musical about Chinese Americans assimilating to American culture while struggling to hold on to their traditional values, but it captures the feeling of feminine pride perfectly.

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Your showtune for February 21 is

“I Could Write a Book” – Pal Joey

Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Lorenz Hart

The charismatic but scheming Joey from the musical’s title first appeared in short stories in The New Yorker, a magazine which debuted on this day in 1925.  Joey sings “I Could Write a Book” to a girl he’s trying to seduce, but author John O’Hara was thinking the same thing as he published his stories in novel form and wrote the book for this arresting musical.

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Your showtune for February 20 is

“It Might As Well Be Spring” – State Fair

Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Knowing spring is just around the corner, another month of winter can seem unbearable.  It might as well be spring by this point, right?  In this quaint number, the anxious Margy wistfully expresses her desire for something new and exciting to happen.  Add a little warmth to your day with this Oscar-winning tune from the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written directly for the screen.

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Your showtune for January 14 is

“Imagine” – Babes in Arms

Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Lorenz Hart

No, this is not John Lennon’s hit song (which incidentally was used in the bio musical Lennon), but a sweet little ditty with unfortunate circumstances.  Stuck in a score containing so many standards, it can easily be overlooked.  This is a treasure like all the rest however, and perhaps even more so because it encourages you to imagine.  Today and every day, don’t forget to give your imagination some time to play.

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