With elections coming up soon and living in Washington, DC, politics is popping up everywhere. No matter where you go, new people to DC are talking about politics and the locals are avoiding it like the plague. Whenever the senate has to vote or a new President comes into office, tons of people lose their jobs and tons of people end up leaving DC. The funny thing is that voting really isn’t as it seems to the US people, it really is a political game here.
Who you know gets you votes and who they know gets you sponsorship and endorsements. You basically have to know everyone and play a ton of power moves to get anywhere if you work in politics. It’s sad that the government is run that way, but at the same time it isn’t any secret. I think broadway does politics and voting best with a few of the shows that have come out in the last few decades. Instead of doing a top ten list, mainly because I have to head to dinner, here are three of my favorite broadway showtunes about politics and voting.
The Corrupt Bargain from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
So I’ve never actually seen Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, but I have heard this song a bunch of times. It always makes me laugh because it is almost a complete reality when it comes to voting, who to run and politics. You hear everyone say how they will blackmail the person running, why they don’t support them and everything else. Then you hear how they will sabotage their campaigns as well as ensure they get no support. You then hear that they have no clue who to run or vote for and you hear them insult a state. Then all of the sudden when the politicians are in front of a tv camera or reporter they are back to loving the candidate and supporting the state that they just trashed. This song is a perfect representation of Washington, DC politics. Anyways, here is The Corrupt Bargain from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Politics and Poker from Fiorello!
So what’s kind of funny about Politics and Poker from Fiorello! is that it is almost exactly like The Corrupt Bargain from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. The only difference is that it is a bunch of people who don’t want to run and who are figuring out who to elect so that they can have the government run in a way that will benefit them. This song and the one before are definitely two of my favorite songs about voting and politics when presidential elections are starting in DC. Here is Politics and Poker from Fiorello!.
Popular from Wicked
So Popular from Wicked isn’t really 100% a showtune about voting or politics, but it is definitely one that is worth putting on this list. When you are about to run someone for office you have to coach them to talk to the media, get them to wear makeup so they are more presentable and also get them to dress appropriately for the crowd they are talking to. In the song Popular from Wicked Galinda decides to teach Elphaba how to be more political. She helps her change her hair, teaches her how to talk to boys and even how to dress. Galinda basically does everything that a political coach and campaign manager would do for a candidate. Oddly enough she even makes a joke about politicians and how she is like a political coach in the song. That is why Popular from Wicked is on my list of my favorite broadway showtunes about politics or voting.
There are a ton of other broadway songs and showtunes about voting and politics. If you have a favorite, please feel free to leave a comment below with it.