My friends and I went shopping in Rehoboth for Black Friday and of course we ended up going to Blue Moon (It’s the only bar open in the winter for the most part) and because it’s our favorite. Luckily there was a drag show that night and the ladies were performing showtunes! You may be curious why I said luckily and drag show in the same series of words.
If you know me then you know I avoid drag shows. They can be boring, annoying and obnoxious. Normally that’s true, but when you go to a drag show at Blue Moon in Rehoboth Beach, you get an actual show…not just great drag queens lip syncing. That’s why I’m very happy to share this lovely lady performing If You Got It, Flaunt It from the Producers.
My friend was complaining the other day that all he wants to do is quit his job because he hates it. I did that a while ago and started my own company and although you don’t have the security and things like Health Insurance that a 9 to 5 job pays you, you do have a ton of other freedoms like me getting to work outside today instead of being trapped inside of an office. There are always upsides and downsides of working for yourself but the truth is that if you are actually good at something, or your job, then you can go out and do it for yourself if that is what you really want to do. That conversation made me think of I Want to be a Producer from the show The Producers.
The song starts with Leo Bloom sitting at his cubicle which is actually an opened air office and looking miserable being an Accountant. He’s sitting their hating his boss, not having any privacy and doing the same boring things over and over again. While he’s working at his desk, he starts to think about how amazing it would be to leave his job as an Accountant and go do what he really wants to do, become a Producer on Broadway. Not only is it his dream, but he finally has the guts and the courage to become a producer and quit his job when the dancing girls suddenly appear from his filing cabinets and his co-workers have disappeared.
It’s kind of funny to watch this song because I remember sitting there hating having to report into people and not having any freedom. Sure I had a huge budget and a ton of security, but I couldn’t just randomly go for a walk, take a day off without telling anyone or just go and work from a park or coffee shop whenever I wanted to. One day I finally said screw it and got the courage to quit everything and go out and be on my own. It definitely wasn’t easy and still isn’t at times, but it is one of the smartest and best things I have ever done for myself.
After this song, Leo Bloom finally had the guts to go out and start working for himself. He eventually meets the person who gets him to come on board and from that point on all he can think about is that he is going to live his dream and become a broadway producer. That’s what I love about the song I Want to be a Producer from The Producers. It helps people to realize that they don’t have to stay at their jobs and they can go out and do what they are good at and be their own bosses. They just need to have the guts to make that first step and actually quit their job. The thing to remember before you quit though is to have a plan in place and be ready for it. My friend made me think of I Want to be a Producer from The Producers and since it’s stuck in my head I wanted to post it for today.
So lots of people think that broadway is for the gays. The truth is that gay people tend to love broadway, but so do straight people, conservative people, liberal people and everyone in between. Live broadway shows don’t have to be gay, unless you end up with a show by the fabulous Ms. Roger Dupree. If you remember in the show the Producers, Roger is the fabulous producer that they need to take over the show Spring Time for Hitler. The two main characters also think that he is about the only person who is able to take this show and get it as tacky, campy and insane as possible so that it can fail. When you finally get to Roger’s house, you all of the sudden figure out why they had selected him to put on the show.
Roger is an extremely flamboyant man who enjoys introducing himself as a lady sometimes and enjoys everything that being gay has to offer him. His staff is gay, he is gay and everything about them is gay. Because everything is gay with him, obviously his shows have to be gay too. That is why when they approach him to take on the show, he has a vision of how it should look and the most important part is to keep it gay.
Keep it Gay from the Producers is one of the most popular songs. It is fun to sing, fun to watch and even more fun to watch the characters perform. Keep it gay from the Producers helps to set you up for what the official show is going to look like and how gay and campy it is really going to be. Keep it Gay from the Producers is one of my very favorite showtunes from the show and I love watching them play it at showtunes nights. Broadway does have a huge gay following, but it is meant for everyone regardless of if they are gay or not. Everyone loves a show and if you think that broadway is for the gays, the only person who may agree is Roger Dupree who thinks that the only way to make a show work is to keep it gay.