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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Your showtune for March 22 is

“Someone in a Tree” – Pacific Overtures

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Master wordsmith and theatre legend Stephen Sondheim was born on this day in 1930.  This musical about the westernization of the very traditional Japan is definitely one of his least accessible shows.  Of all the songs he has written however, this is his favorite, and thus in honor of the prolific composer on his birthday.

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Your showtune for February 25 is

“Tonight” – West Side Story

Music: Leonard Bernstein   Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

What are your plans for tonight?  In this exquisite musical adapted from Romeo and Juliet, star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria’s plans are thrown awry when they see each other for the first time at a school dance.  They later declare their love in this quintessential moment describing their miraculous discovery of one another.  Be open to the possibility that something extraordinary might happen to you tonight.

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Your showtune for January 2 is

“Something Just Broke” – Assassins

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

If you are like the majority of the population, your New Year’s resolutions have already been broken by today.  In this musical based on real people who made assassination attempts on U.S. presidents, this melancholy number captures that feeling of failure and helplessness when something bad happens and you’re not sure how or why.  But don’t let a broken resolution break you.  Pull yourself up and keep going.

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