Your showtune for June 11 is

“Getting Married Today” – Company

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

This insanely fast patter song is the next marriage-themed showtune of the month.  A neurotic bride terrified of getting married barely breathes as she rattles off all the reasons why she shouldn’t go through with the act in this gut-busting number from this musical which takes a frank look at relationships and matrimony.

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Your showtune for June 6 is

“I Read” – Passion

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Premiering on this day in 1983, TV series Reading Rainbow inspired children by teaching them the value of books.  In this number from Sondheim’s passionate and very adult musical about love and obsession, the ailing Fosca explains why she reads so much.  The song may not be as encouraging as Reading Rainbow was, but it is a brooding meditation that hopefully inspires you to pick up a book and [re]discover for yourself the joys of reading.

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Your showtune for May 13 is

“What More Do I Need?” – Saturday Night

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

This little-known Sondheim gem from a musical about dateless bachelors shows how one’s perspective on life changes after a successful date.  Based on the play Front Porch in Flatbush, the musical offers everyone a gracious living fantasy.  On this day in 1974, Kalamazoo College in Michigan declared a class-free “Day of Gracious Living” which has become a yearly tradition.  Take this as a prompt to have your own work-free day today.  What more excuse do you need?

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Your showtune for April 23 is

“Live, Laugh, Love” – Follies

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

The title of this song is probably framed on a wall in millions of houses across the world.  This is because its simple message is universal.  In this musical about a reunion of performers in a condemned theatre, the man offering this easygoing ideology suffers a breakdown.  It’s important to live, laugh, love, and breathe.  You’ll lose your mind if you focus on the road you didn’t take.

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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 April 14 is

“Move On” – Sunday in the Park With George

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

This musical inspired by Seurat’s masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” (pictured below) paints him as an obsessed artist who was as innovative as he was talented.  In this gripping moment, Seurat’s great-grandson, who has been following in his footsteps, receives tender advice doled out by a figure from the past.  As difficult as it may be, try to forget about your troubles.  Brush past whatever roadblock is hindering you creatively, and start the project you’ve always wanted to do/finish what you’ve been working on.  There’s never been a better time to move on.

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Your showtune for March 23 is

“Liaisons” – A Little Night Music

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Amorous but amoral novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses was first published on this day in 1782 detailing sordid liaisons among the French aristocracy.  Similar, but less scandalous, this musical about the romantic liaisons between a group of people one summer in Sweden is an elegant and rueful look at love and lust.  In this number, the elderly Madame Armfeldt reminisces about her liaisons when she was a much younger woman.

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