I know I haven’t posted for about a week but that’s because I’ve been dieting so I’ve been in a completely b*tchy mood. Anyways, the diet means no fun food, limited cocktails (that is not happening) and eating healthy things like vegetables. The thing I hate most is hearing vegetables every time I want to eat and I also wake up completely hungry in the middle of the night. That’s why I was thinking about showtunes and instantly thought of the perfect ones about vegetables and vegetables causing a lack of sleep. Oddly enough both are from pretty popular shows but aren’t the most well known. The first is from Into the Woods and the second one is from Once Upon a Mattress.
Greens, Greens and Nothing but Greens from Into The Woods.
This showtune about vegetables is literally all about vegetables and greens. The wicked witch goes on a rampage about how the Baker was going through her garden stealing her vegetables. She then starts to name all of her vegetables that he ruined or stole and gets more and more mad. Not only does her rant sound sort of like what grocery shopping sounds like right now, but it is absolutely the perfect showtune that is all about vegetables.
Sensitivity from Once Upon a Mattress
If you’ve ever dieted than you know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night starving. No matter what you do you cannot fall back asleep because all you want to do is eat. No matter what you do you cannot get comfortable enough to actually go back to sleep and that is why I love the Pea song from Once Upon a Mattress. In the song the Queen places a pea underneath a ton of mattresses to try and prove that the princess isn’t really a princess or worthy of marrying the prince. If she cannot sleep because of the pea under a ton of mattresses then she really is a princess and if she can sleep then she isn’t. The entire song is about a pea and how it can effect your sleep so it is completely perfect for my post about showtunes about vegetables.
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I don’t think there is a better showtune out there about being bitter or that can be sung acting drunker than Happily Ever After from Once Upon a Mattress. The song is about a woman who is bitter because everyone else is getting a happy ending and she is stuck waiting for her dreams to come true. Not only does she sing like she’s drunk about all of the princesses having their dreams come true, but she wobbles around, slurs words and is absolutely hilarious. There are other songs about being bitter and great for characters to sing when they are drink like the Ladies Who Lunch from Company or just drunk songs like As We Stumble Along, but Happily Ever After from Once Upon a Mattress performed by Carol Burnett is definitely one of my favorites.
Once Upon a Mattress is an awesome show that is usually only done by small community theatres and hasn’t been back to broadway for a long time. The songs are fun and easy to sing and the characters are awesome. One of my favorite outfits is the one that Carol Burnett wears during the reprise of Happily Ever After from Once Upon a Mattress because it sort of reminds me of something we should see in the show Wicked. It’s a huge green jeweled gown with weird shoulder pads and a really strange looking crown. She’s also singing about a green pea which is her answer to finding her happily ever after, which is very similar to some of the plot in Wicked as well. The costuming being green and oddly shaped and the mentions of green really are similar, but Wicked is completely orignal and doesn’t use as many jewels on the main characters, except for Galinda who is covered in her opening gown.
Happily Ever After from Once Upon a Mattress is an awesome showtunes that I love and wish people would play more often. The show is ok, but the songs are great. It is a definite must listen to if you are looking for a fun soundtrack or cast recording and one that people will either remember and get excited about or love because they have never heard it before. Check out the broadway shop on this site if you want to do a search and buy the cast recording.
On a recent visit to New York City with my cousin, his wife and my youngest daughter, Clementine, we traveled from our hotel on the lower east side to Broadway to see the magnificent musical “On a Clear Day you can see forever” starring Harry Connick, Jr. It was a Saturday night and although we had a fantastic time at the show and wonderful early dinner in a little Italian bistro in the West Village, I was ready to go back to the hotel and crash. My cousin, however, had a different plan in mind. He took us on a tour of restaurant row, which ended at a small piano bar and restaurant named ‘Don’t Tell Mama’ on 46th street.
The place was hopping but we walked in and were welcomed by the hostess who made it her mission to find us somewhere to sit. The one room was really crowded and we didn’t want to sit in the restaurant and have a full meal. However, it turned out that our timing was perfect. The ‘Show Tunes’ room had just opened for the night and we were one of the first groups in. We were seated close to the piano and gradually the place started to fill. The pianist was extremely talented and entertaining. He sang and played many tunes including an amusing version of ‘Part of My World’ from The Little Mermaid and a rousting rendition of ‘Caberet’ which had everyone in the room joining in. The ambiance was relaxed and very friendly. Our waiter and barman also had incredible voices and took turns entertaining us as well as supplying us with great cocktails and delicious desserts. Several of the audience, including my daughter, Clementine, signed up to sing at the ‘open mic’ and the quality of the talent did not disappoint. We didn’t leave until 2am and it was well worth staying up late for. All in all a great place to end a fantastic Saturday night in NYC!!
Added in by Adam:
This was the night before I went to see Priscilla Queen of the Dessert and while I was having fun with my ex-boyfriend and his friends at Don’t Tell Mama Piano Bar in NYC, the talent didn’t stop with just the piano player. The Bartender sang a great version of I’m Alive from the show Next to Normal and other members of the audience, including myself who had laryngitis at the time gave an effort to completely destroy a There’s a Fine Fine Line from Avenue Q. One person in the audience happened to be Julie’s Daughter Clementine.
Clementine sang a few songs from Once Upon a Mattress and did an excellent job for someone who is only 16. She has a great voice and is learning how to make a connection with the audience. Once she learns how to give eyes, sing out and how to turn a song into her own, she will be absolutely ready to hit a school for musical theatre or even start auditioning for shows. Clementine Harvey could make it if she learns how to really push herself out there and I am very happy to say that her Mom who wrote the top part of this review about Don’t Tell Mama Piano Bar in NYC, gave me a couple of videos of Clementine Harvey singing to share with you.
Don’t Tell Mama Piano Bar in NYC is one of my favorite places to go. Not only do I get to meet tons of fun theatre lovers every time I go, but I also get to hear people who are trying to make it on Broadway. It is absolutely fun and I highly recommend you stop by and sit in the showtunes room at Don’t Tell Mama Piano Bar in NYC.
On My Own from Les Mis by Clementine Harvey.
Shy from Once Upon a Mattress by Clementine Harvey.