“At the Ballet” – A Chorus Line
Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: Edward Kleban
A searing look at a dancers audition is the basis for this Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical which takes place on a bare stage. Throughout the show, the dancers bare their souls and in this rueful song, a few of them recall how lovely an escape it was at the ballet. Speaking of which, Congress gave the American Ballet Theatre the distinction of “America’s National Ballet Company” on this day in 2006.
“Hey, Look Me Over!” – Wildcat
Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh
A great comedienne left us when Lucille Ball passed away on this day in 1989. The actress best known for the sitcom I Love Lucy only ever made one star appearance on Broadway in this musical where she played a feisty oil prospector and the titular wildcat. During this number, she tells her friend how to greet the world with confidence and gusto.
“Come Rain or Come Shine” – St. Louis Woman
Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Come rain or come shine, take some time for yourself today. This song will help put you in the leisurely mood. Its relaxing rhythm and amorous lyrics caused it to become a standard while the musical it came from is practically forgotten. The show’s obscurity could be due to comparison with the musical Meet Me in St. Louis, which was already hugely popular by the time this opened on Broadway and remains so today.
“I Don’t Want to Know” – Dear World
Music and Lyrics: Jerry Herman
Martita Hunt won a Tony Award for playing Countess Aurelia in The Madwoman of Chaillot on this day in 1949. Twenty years later, Angela Lansbury took home a Tony for playing the same role in this musical version of the play. In this number, the eccentric countess expresses a fervent desire to live in her own little dream and remain willfully ignorant of life’s troubles.
“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.
“Think Big” – John & Jen
Music: Andrew Lippa Lyrics: Tom Greenwald
A girl tells her younger brother about the endless possibilities in life when you think big in this scrappy little musical about siblings and the effect they have on our lives. Today is Earth Day. Aside from going green today, think of all the ways you can improve our planet. All you have to do is think big.
“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.