Top Ten Broadway Songs for GLBT Youth Bullying

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So I am not going to be able to make it to the You Are Not Alone Benefit in NYC tomorrow night which sucks because the line up and the cause is amazing.  Luckily my friend is probably going to go which also means that she can do a review for us.  Betty Buckley will be performing there and she is one of the only Broadway Stars I haven’t been able to see yet which is why it is a double disappointment that I cannot make it to the show.  At the same time I’ll hopefully be able to get to see her at some point at another show as she is still performing and has not retired.

I highly recommend this show as it is a once in a lifetime event and for a good cause.   You also get to see a ton of amazing performers for only $25.  You cannot beat the price of the event and at the same time when else are you going to find that much talent in one place and for that price?  Anyways, even though I can’t make it to the show, I wanted to share the top ten broadway showtunes that I think would be perfect for the You Are Not Alone Benefit in NYC.

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1.  No One Is Alone from Into The Woods.  There is a rumor that this is the song that Betty Buckley will be singing.  Not only is it amazing and may make you cry, but it is perfect for reminding gay teens that life does get better and that they actually are not alone.

2. This next song is called I believe in you from How To Succeed in Business without Ever really trying. Although it sounds funny that this song and show would be on a list for Gay Teens and gay teen suicide, it is a song that teaches you to believe in yourself and to be confident, even when there is a group of bullies out to stop you. Knowing that it gets better and that you are doing your best and being confident in yourself is what can help to make you survive and push through being bullied because you are gay.   That is why this song made it onto this list.

3. Hold On from the Secret Garden. This song always makes me tear up when I hear it. It is a gorgeous song about holding on when things get bad and reminds you to be strong. Being bullied and being gay can be lonely and scary and this song is about holding on and surviving through it. It is not only a gorgeous song but one that you can listen to and understand why it is perfect for this list of the top ten broadway songs for gay teens who are being bullied or thinking about suicide.

4. Not While I’m Around from Sweeny Todd. One of Stephen Sondheim’s greatest shows is Sweeny Todd. We all know it is about killing people but when the young guy finds out that Benjamin is murdering people, he wants to protect his adopted mom. Some gay teens are lucky enough to have a friend or a family member who is there to protect them and because of the security that that adds to their lives, this song made it on the list of the top ten broadway songs for GLBT youth and gay teen suicide.

5. Whose Got Extra Love from Zanna Don’t. So this show never really took off but I didn’t want to have only sappy and sad songs on this list. Zanna Don’t is a show about an alternate reality where everyone is gay and there are two straight people that want to be in love with each other. In their world they aren’t able to be in love or they’ll be made fun of and picked on. It is basically the exact opposite of the real world or the one we live in and it is kind of funny to watch everything in reverse. Although this isn’t one of the songs that would be relevant to gay teen suicide and bullying, it is upbeat and fun. Here is whose got extra love from Zanna Don’t.

6. Three Bedroom House from Bat Boy. The reason I chose this song from Bat Boy the Musical is because it is about Bat Boy finding a way out of being picked on and made fun of. The Mom and Daughter decide to take him and move out of town where they can get a three bedroom house in the country, plastic surgery and live a normal life away from all of the bullies in the city. This seems like a great plan until the mom finds out her daughter is in love with Edgar (Bat Boy). All of the sudden things change but the Mom does start to accept them and still loves Bat Boy because she knows it isn’t his fault.

7. If You Were Gay from Avenue Q.  This song made the list not only because the amazingly talented and very cute John Tartaglia will be performing at the show, but because I wanted to have a few more non sappy and fun songs on the list of the top ten broadway songs for GLBT youth.  I thought that If You Were Gay from Avenue Q is the perfect song to remind gay teens that it is ok to be gay and that there are people out there who don’t care and will love you regardless.

8. Maybe from Annie. How could you not have a song from Annie on this list? Not only were they stuck in an orphanage with Miss Hanagen, but they all wanted something better.  Annie not only toughed it out but she never gave up.  Maybe from Annie is a great song for gay teens to think about when things get tough and to help them remember that if Annie and all of the rest of us can make it through being a gay teen, they can to.

9. On My Own from Les Miserables.  There are a million songs from Les Miserables that are perfect for this list.  I dreamed a dream to Bring him home and Castle on a Cloud and even One Day More are all perfect, but the one that most people would know and that many gay teens can relate to has to be On My Own. Not only do some gay teens feel alone but they can picture themselves walking through the streets alone at night and knowing that other people may not get them or get what they are trying to say.  They just sometimes feel invisible to their families and everyone else thinks less of them or like they are on the outside looking in.  This song not only relates to them but can also let them get some tears out.  Although the character does not survive the show, she never gave up and she fought for what was right and what she believed in.  The point of On My Own being on this list of the top ten broadway songs for gay teens and youth is to show you that just because you feel alone it doesn’t mean you are.  This is one of the most beautiful songs on broadway and one that almost everyone knows and loves.

10. Up There from South Park. This is actually a beautiful song, even though it is from South Park. The whole point of it is to remember that there are better things for you out there and that you just have to be patient.  High school is only 4 years long and not your entire life.  Just be patient and when it is over you can get out and move to a city with more gay people and more people that you can fall in love with or who get and accept you for who you are.  Although it isn’t a show that most people wouldn’t think would be a good fit for this list, Up There from the South Park movie is perfect for the top ten broadway songs for gay teens and gay teen suicide.

There are a million more songs I would have loved to include on this list but I needed to narrow it down to top the top ten broadway songs for gay teens and GLBT youth bullying.  There are songs from Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Showboat and many more with perfect fits for this list.  If you have one you want to share or that you think would be a good fit, feel free to leave a comment below and I may add it into this list.  Also, if you get a chance to go to the You Are Not Alone Benefit in NYC starring Betty Buckley, Seth Rudetsky, John Tartaglia and many more, go because it is not only for an amazing cause but you will also get to see a ton of amazing performers and Actors.