My Favorite Songs From Musicals — Part 1

Here we go with round one. Guidelines are as follows:

  • Musical, n. A play or movie that contains musical numbers. (I thought I was going to have to play fast and loose with this business, but that’s about as general as you can get, so I’m good!)
  • I’m counting down, but as of the beginning of this thing I haven’t numbered them. There are approximately 100 on the list and I’ll be posting 20-25 per day over the next week.
  • I have comments for some, but not all. Some of them aren’t sentimental for me, I just like them.
  • I tend to prefer the songs I like to sing. So, most of these are probably sung by women.

More Than Words / Heaven — Rock of Ages
This musical was a bit of a disappointment to me (really, really not for the kiddies), but I do like this little mashup.

Why Should I Worry — Oliver & Company
A childhood favorite and the perfect set up for a musical — walking down the street, singing, dancing over the tops of cars.

It’s De-Lovely — Anything Goes

What Kind of Fool Am I? — Stop the World — I Want To Get Off

You Can’t Stop the Beat — Hairspray
I dare you to listen to this and not dance around

Easy Street — Annie
Confession: I have a slight crush on Alan Cumming and that’s why I picked this rendition of the song over the one from the original film. I remember when this first premiered on ABC — I was in junior high and adored Kristin Chenoweth, my fellow Okie, so I was very excited for this. It’s a good one. Victor Garber and Audra McDonald (love her) also give great performances.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! — Mary Poppins

Theme from New York, New York

So Anyway — Next To Normal
What doctors call dysfunction we tried to call romance
And true it’s quite a trick to tell the dancers from the dance
But rather than let chance take me, I’ll take a chance
I’ll take a chance on leaving, it’s that or stay and die
I loved you once and though you love me still I know
It’s time for me to fly

I Don’t Know How To Love Him — Jesus Christ Superstar
What you should know is that if a Lea Salonga version exists, I almost always prefer it.

Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer — Cats
Cockney cats.

June Is Bustin’ Out All Over — Carousel
Maine is June is a beautiful thing. This is just a happy song from Carousel. It’s a pretty depressing musical when you think about it, so you take your sunshine where you can find it.

Good Morning! — Singing In The Rain
Happy happy happy! I love this song. It’s so cheery and I’ve been known to sing it in the early hours. What can I say? I’m a morning person.

Suddenly Seymour — Little Shop of Horrors
This one will get you. A woman getting out of a bad relationship realizes her feelings for the nerdy guy she’s known for a long time.

Beneath A Moonless Sky — Love Never Dies
I don’t want to spoil the plot of Love Never Dies for anyone (it’s the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, in case you weren’t aware), but this song explains a lot. This is a musical I do not love — I’m not sure it was necessary to make it. Some good did come of it though. We now know for certain that Meg Giry is an awful person.
And blind in the dark,
as soul gazed into soul;
I looked into your heart
and saw you pure and whole

Journey to the Past — Anastasia
Anastasia is one of my favorite animated films and I don’t think it got enough attention. The music is great and the animation is beautiful and was pretty good for the year it was released. I was just about to say how firmly I believe this should be adapted for the stage and what did I find?! Ahhh!
One step at a time
One hope then another
Who knows where this road may go
Back to who I was
Onto find my future
Things my heart still needs to know
Yes, let this be a sign
Let this road be mine

I Have Confidence — The Sound of Music
I have sung this to myself on the way to every job interview I’ve ever had.

Where’s the Girl — The Scarlet Pimpernel
Somebody fan me.

Take A Chance On Me — Mamma Mia!

It Might As Well Be Spring — State Fair
This song is one of the best descriptions of those fluttery feelings that are so hard to put into words.
I’m starry-eyed and vaguely discontented
Like a nightingale without a song to sing.
Oh, why should I have spring fever
When it isn’t even spring?
I keep wishing I were somewhere else,
Walking down a strange new street.
Hearing words that I have never heard
From a man I’ve yet to meet.

When You’re Good to Mama — Chicago
This is saucy. I love a good saucy song.

Me — Beauty & the Beast
Narcissistic men are funny.

Bring On The Men — Jekyll & Hyde
Remember how I mentioned Mom and Granny being troupers and sitting through uncomfortable numbers? This is the main one that comes to mind.

Bless Yore Beautiful Hide — Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
You have to appreciate a man who says exactly what he’s thinking.

Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love) — Paris
Oh, Cole Porter, you are good with words.

5 Replies to “My Favorite Songs From Musicals — Part 1”

  1. I did a tap dance number to “Why Should I Worry?” during my 3rd grade dance recital. Good times. I love Jekyll & Hyde, but my favorite song from that show would have to be either “Who I Am,” “In His Eyes,” or “Good and Evil” (or is it “The Battle Between Good and Evil”?). I don’t know what would be my favorite song from a musical, but the list would be tough to even narrow down to 10. Have you ever listened to “The Last Five Years” by Jason Robert Brown? It’s got several of my favorite songs on it and is told beautifully – there are only two characters in the show (Sheri Renee Scott & Norbert Leo Butz are on the soundtrack) and it chronicles the dating, marriage, and divorce of a couple, only they interact only once during the entire show. The female’s part is told from the end of the relationship and goes backwards to the start of it while the male’s part starts on the day they meet and goes in forward order. The only time they meet is for the song in which they get married. It’s a great show.

    1. Oh, I need to clarify. I am counting down. These are numbers 110-90something. Yes, it’s out of control, but I had to say something lest anyone think that “Why Should I worry is high up on my list! Ha!

  2. Elizabeth, your countdown is full of favorites — what a wonderful list! (And this is 90 to 100 and somthing?!) Lol, I “acted” the part of Anastasia in a one-act play in high school and I’m thanking the good Lord I didn’t have to sing it. (Didn’t know there was a musical version either!) Had a Mary Poppins doll “back in the day,” LOVE Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis, Jr., saw Jesus Christ Superstar at a drive-in movie (!), smiling at your job interview inspiration song 🙂 — soooo many memories… and perhaps that’s the appeal of musicals. Looking forward to your continued countdown!

  3. P.S. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is one of our “most repeatedly watched” musicals. I get a kick out of Dorcas, played by Julie NEWMEYER, who went on to “Cat Woman” fame as Julie Newmar. 🙂

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