The perfect song to end the week of broadway songs that are all about being in, starring in, auditioning for or even just dreaming about being in theatre has to be one that is about surviving and lasting in Theatre. Instead of Zip, Casting Call for a New Best Friend, Broadway Baby, Give My Regards to Broadway, Another Opening Another Show, 42nd Street, Lullaby of Broadway or any of the others, I’m Still Here from Follies is the perfect way to end the show. Regardless of how long your career has been, how many shows you’ve done, how many Tony’s you’ve won, it is amazing to last your entire life on stage.
The dancing takes a toll on you. You have years where you can’t land any roles and then you become paranoid about your age, appearance and drive yourself crazy. That’s why I love I’m Still Here from Follies. The song is an amazing one about lasting in the theatre and never giving up. The character talks about not having a show and not having money to being the lead and making a ton. Sometimes she’s eating pretzels and beer vs. expensive foods and about the clothes she can afford or even still has. Being in the theatre can be a rollercoaster.
It takes a toll on your mind, your emotions and your body. You have to be tough to not only keep going and keep working as an Actor, but you also have to be almost indestructible to survive performing for your entire life. Dancing almost every night and sometimes twice a day, belting out songs and running back and forth to change costumes can literally kill you, your body, your voice and your spirit. You really have to love being on Broadway to last and you have to really be dedicated and risk everything including your mental and physical health in order to make it and last. That’s why I chose I’m Still Here from Follies for the last song this week about Broadway Songs about being in the Theatre. I’m Still Here could have been another great option, but I’ll probably do a top ten list of broadway songs eventually and that’s when I’ll use it. Thank you again for reading and feel free to leave a comment with your favorite showtunes about broadway or being in theatre.