Today I’m going to be listing my top5 musical theatre songs that get less love than they deserve.
5) Let Me Be A Kid -Runaways
Runaways is a short-lived 1978 musical by Elizabeth Swados that used a combination of musical styles and spoken word to tell the story of child runaways. It premiered at the Public theatre and transferred to Broadway afterwards, playing the Virginia Theatre (now the Schoenfeld). It received a revival last summer at Encores! Let Me Be A Kid falls in the middle-end of the show and shows the runaways desire to be kids and not deal with the complex issues they’re forced to deal with.
4) Getting There– In Transit
In Transit is Broadway’s first attempt at an acapella musical, and while it closed in April 2017 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Getting There is sung basically at the end of the show and is about living in the moment. A bit of a cliche sentiment, yes, but it is a gorgeous song. Add an amazing vocal performance from Margo Seibert and this is one great song.
3) I Love A Cop-Fiorello!
Fiorello! is the 1960 bio-musical about Fiorello Laguardia from the team behind Fiddler. It won the Pulitzer, Best Musical, Featured Actor (Tom Bosley), and Direction Tonys and was nominated for Tonys in Featured Actor (Howard da Silva), Choreography, Set, and Conductor and Musical Director. It played the Broadhurst and later the Broadway Theatre racking up 785 performances! In I Love A Cop, Dora, a factory worker, sings about her love for a cop who broke up her factory strike, but the gorgeous melody is really what makes this one worth a listen.
2) I’d Rather Be Sailing– A New Brain
A New Brain is a semi-autobiographical musical by Bill Finn, premiering off broadway in 1998 and it had a revival at Encores! in 2015 starring Jonathan Groff. The show is about Finn’s bout with arteriovenous malformation. This song is one of the more beautiful love songs I’ve seen out of the modern musical theatre canon.
1) Writing on the Wall-The Mystery of Edwin Drood
This weirdo show within a show premiered on Broadway in 1985 and was revived in 2013 by Roundabout Theatre Company. It tells the story of the unfinished Dickens novel of the same name in a style inspired by English music hall traditions. Writing on the Wall is the closing number that tells the true story of what happened to Edwin Drood at the end of act one.
I hope you guys enjoy these songs as much as I do!! I have new posts every Thursday so keep an eye out for that!!
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