I have a friend who is constantly complaining that his life sucks. He is looking for a job and kind of lives far outside of the city but what he forgets is that he does have friends and does have options, he just needs to motivate a bit more to get out of his stupor. We recently just had a back and forth and he left to go have a cigarette break. The thing is that he is a great person and a very good looking guy and he has his health, except for the smoking part, so I tried to convince him he needs to get over his depression and start to get more proactive with finding a job and finding a partner instead of sitting around and moping in his house. After he went out for a cigarette I was getting ready for showtunes and he got me thinking of a song from the hit broadwaymusicalAvenue Q.
The song is called It Sucks To Be Me and is sung by a huge part of the cast. It is all about people sitting around moping about how bad their lives suck and it actually helps to start to motivate them to get over it and find a way to fix it. Each character in the show tries to top the other characters about why their lives suck and in the end it is the character that plays Gary Coleman that wins.
This song is one of the songs that made this show famous and is one of my favorite showtunes from the musical Avenue Q. It starts out with one of the main characters coming out of his apartment building to throw out his trash where he runs into his love interest in the show Kate. From there they talk about how and why their lives suck. Once Kate finished singing about how her life sucks you get to hear a fight between a gay roommate and straight roommate and from there on out more and more characters come in to sing about why their lives suck. Avenue Q is an amazing musical and although it is not family friendly or for little kids, it is a perfect show for grown ups and high school students. The music is fun, the characters are puppets but also have real personalities and are people that many of us can relate to and the acting and singing is absolutely amazing. Avenue Q is currently playing in many major cities and on tour and a show that I highly recommend. You can see it in NY and it also has a home in London. Avenue Q is an amazing show and the song It Sucks To Be Me is hilarious. Here is the original cast singing It Sucks To Be Me.
So there is nothing more I like in a show than a song where the Actors can really show off their voices and the other thing that makes a show work for me is dancing and good dancing. Nothing does that better than a classic tap dancing routine and no show has a combination that is better known than Anything Goes from the show Anything Goes and there is probably no better known Diva performer to do this show and make it famous than the talented Patty Lupone.
Not only did Patty Lupone take this somewhat flat show and turn it into an amazing performance, but Patty Lupone gave a performance that can probably never be topped. The only person that could ever probably give a run for the money on a classic show and song like Anything Goes is the Great and Glamorous Miss. Carol Channing. She is probably the only person who has existed in my lifetime that has enough stage presence and raw talent to show up the great Mz. Patty Lupone and make the song and dance for Anything Goes better, but to be honest I don’t see Ms. Channing coming back to do an Anything Goes revival any time soon.
The thing is that when you take an amazing song that starts slow, allows for high notes and very loud and in your face notes and then tie in tap dancing and an amazing and memorable routine, then you add in a true Broadway Star like Patty Lupone, you have an almost guaranteed hit, no matter how bad the rest of the show is, people will leave remembering and loving that song and routine. This is the same thing with Fiddler on the Roof.
We’ll never have another Zero Mostel but thank god we do have a Harvey Fierstein and although the show lacks a solid ending and a great story line or plot, it does have memorable songs and a couple of fun dance routines, even if they aren’t tap but are more jazz and modern ballet.
Anyways, because of the amazing performance which is still played at almost every showtunes night in the US today, no matter who tried to parody or spoof the song, you always have one thing, tap dancing and divas. I only found one version of a parody or variation of the hit broadway song Anything Goes and the only reason it is amazing is well,,,,I want the laser gun they have. You’ll see what I mean. Anyways, even when Hollywood tries to imitate broadway and even when it is a blockbuster like Indiana Jones, they still cannot get away from a diva singing and a ton of people tap dancing.
Here is a great example of how people can try to take the stage from a song like Anything Goes and even with a huge Hollywood budget you still cannot escape the one thing that Broadway will always have, amazing talent. Even though the singer has an amazing voice and is gorgeous, even though she has amazing back up that can dance and they have special effects, nothing compares to how a real Broadway Star like Patty Lupone can work a song and make it their own. There is a reason she is a star and even if you like the parody below or the Hollywood version of Anything Goes from Indiana Jones, Patty still did the most amazing version and the best version to date of the song Anything Goes. Although I do have to say that the third video is probably a big competitor to the Patty Lupone version, even though there is no singing and no one is dancing. =0).