Leave it to Disney to produce one of the most loved Halloween movies “Hocus Pocus” and then create a showstopping feature for Halloween at their theme park feature their most famous villains, and then top it off with exact look and sound alike cast members to recreate a famous scene. That is a huge run-on, but it is so worth it once you see the performance. I mean seriously, Disney is ridiculously amazing normally, but to do this as a limited show and pull it off is insane.
Have you ever wondered what Disney touring casts look like when traveling? How about if they get a long, how they go from city to city or even what happens when two touring casts collide? What happens if they’re both from the same producer or parent company?
That’s exactly what happened during a 6 hour layover at the Orlando airport when the cast of Disney’s The Lion King got stuck with the cast of Disney’s Aladdin. The two ended up in a epic battle of opening songs sung acapella in the terminal which also resulted in a ton of YouTube uploads, tons of talent and two of your favorite opening Disney broadway numbers.
I was trying to think of a showtune to share and was thinking about spring, fun ball gowns and wedding season. Then I found a musical called Bloomer Girl which also happened to have Barbara Cook as a singer (so I was immediately intrigued) and then it got a little better.
The opening images were of huge gorgeous ballgowns and the story starts with a dress maker that focuses on hooped skirts. I know, could it get any more fabulous and perfect for the theme I was looking for? Barbra cook, huge gowns and bloomers! Unfortunately it took a depressing but very current turn.
Bloomer girl isn’t about gorgeous gowns and panties, instead it’s about human rights, equal rights and the same things we’re dealing with today. Here’s a video of Barbara Cook singing a piece from the show, and then click read more to find out the rest.
I normally don’t like drag shows much so when they come on I leave. However, when we were at the Blue Moon in Rehoboth Beach the other day and the show was coming on, they announced it was performers and the first one was from Broadway. At that point I pushed past my panic attack from the crowded room and when she started performing I forgot that the drag shows at the Blue Moon aren’t your normal show. Instead they are talented performers that actually perform. This first performer did an amazing montage of showtunes from Dream Girls. I unfortunately turned off my camera before she got to the big number, but you’ll love the first few songs.
Every spring we get ready for the Easter Bonnet contests at our favorite gay bars, sing Streisand’s version of Put on your Sunday blah blah blah, hearing Easter Parade or other Easter and hat related showtunes, and are tortured with Easter Bunny clips and showtunes like Here Comes Peter Cottontail. What nobody does is share some amazing Passover showtunes! Broadway wasn’t built by gays and Jews for nothing hunny and one of our favorite Cabaret Performers Elaine Brier doesn’t disappoint with her performance of “The Deli Song”.
As a quick heads up, there is some profanity in the song, but it isn’t real profanity once the joke is over. Ok, to be honest, there are some good songs we could play for Passover Showtunes, but we haven’t shared a cabaret performance for a while, we love Elaine when we see her in NYC and she shared this video on her Facebook page so we decided to share it as well.
If you’re tired of bunnies and bonnets, try telling her favorite Jewish joke on behalf of the high holidays (I’m a Jew too so don’t tell me I’m being rude) and then make sure to like her fan page. Elaine is an awesome performer and because this video is worth watching, it is our official Passover Showtune of the year. Our people were free’d from slavery so we could create Broadway, make funny movies and perform cabaret numbers like this one.
If you like the Deli Song by Elaine Brier or have another favorite, please feel free to leave a comment below and make sure to like her page on Facebook. Have an awesome Passover, a great Easter and we’ll do another post shortly with another showtune for Easter like we do every year. However, now it’s time for our first and our favorite Passover showtune which is The Deli Song by Elaine Brier and performed at our favorite cabaret bar in NYC Don’t Tell Mama. Have a great holiday no matter what you are celebrating and thank you again Elaine for the funny song and performance. Happy Passover!