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Mother’s Day Showtune for 2014 – Click Here to Find Out

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Each year I struggle with what to do for Mother’s Day showtunes.  One year I had mommy bloggers share their favorite Disney valentine’s showtunes and another I chose a song I love to sing for my mom or that makes me think of her.  I could always choose an anti-mother’s day showtune and take something from Annie or another show with orphan kids, but this year I thought of another.

This year’s showtunes for Mother’s Day is all about us kids with divorced parents and mom’s that are still single.  I love my mom and love spending as much time together as possible, but at the same time I hate knowing she is home alone and not in love.  Sometimes single mom’s can get depressed and even though they don’t need someone to marry, it doesn’t help that you get worried about them.  Other single mom’s use their divorce as an excuse to drive you crazy, get over involved in their kids lives and that is how I decided to choose this from hundreds of options of Mother’s Day showtunes.  BTW, if a Guy can sing Let It Go, then guys can completely take on this showtune for Mother’s Day.

Here is our pick for this year’s mother’s day showtunes, If Mama Was Married from Gypsy!

Ok, when I was in college I went to college in the same city my Mom lives in.  Unfortunately that meant she decided to stop by everyday making this song a bit to real for me.  I love my mom more than anything else, but at the same time I liked spending time alone, with my boyfriend who moved in with me and with my friends.  Unfortunately my mom co-signed on the apartment I was renting (I was a college student) so she also liked to randomly stop by completely unannounced.  That is why this is my pick for showtunes for Mother’s Day 2014.  It’s for the kids of Moms who get divorced and decide that it’s time to get really and overly involved in their kids lives.  Have an awesome Mother’s Day, don’t forget to call her or send a gift and feel free to share your own favorite showtunes for Mother’s Day by leaving a comment.

Whose Your Favorite Broadway Easter Bunny – Choose Below

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There have been a ton of random times when a Broadway Baby has become a Broadway Bunny for a role.  The range goes from Harvey Fierstein to Bette Midler and a ton of others.  What better way to celebrate Easter than with Easter Showtunes that are all about Broadway shows and stars dressed as rabbits.  Feel free to share your own favorite Broadway Stars dressed as bunnies and also share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

Bette Midler is the funny bunny telegram girl.

Even though this isn’t technically an easter showtune, it’s still a star dressed as a bunny and a movie everyone loves.

Spamalot didn’t feature the most friendly bunny, but it is one of the more famous ones from broadway.

I’d be pretty scared if this was the Easter bunny, but the killer bunny song is definitely worthy of being one of our Easter showtunes for our not so Easter Easter showtunes post.

Harvey Fierstein plays the Easter Bunny on Sesame Street as the Christmas Bunny in Elmo Saves Christmas

This is literally, an Easter showtune starring a broadway bunny.  Harvey sings a song about being the Easter Bunny making the list of our favorite Easter Showtunes.

Elle Woods shows up to a party as a bunny in Legally Blonde the Musical.

Or when the Muppets created this really creepy Easter Showtune out of Stand By Me about a monster dressed as a bunny eating bunnies and the bunnies singing…ummm thank you for this one….I think.

There’s always something fun on broadway and when you combine Broadway with Easter or Bunnies you end up with Easter Showtunes that are always a bit off.  Whether it’s Harvey Fierstein dressed as an Easter Bunny singing Easter Showtunes or it’s Better Midler dressed as a singing birthday bunny in Beaches, the songs get weirder and weirder.  The most weird Easter showtunes have to be from the Muppets starting with the bunny eating monster and they get worse and worse from there.

Instead of sharing normal Easter showtunes like we did for the last few years, this year we wanted to bring you something fun instead.  If you have other favorite broadway bunnies or broadway starts who have played bunnies, feel free to share them here by leaving a comment.  Have a great Easter everyone and thank you again for reading.

American Idol Meets Broadway – Big Wins & Then Some

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Some of the American Idols go on to Broadway, but not all of them light up the stars.  They may have a great voice when it comes to their own genre of music, but when you need to be able to sing out and belt a note, sometimes pop music or R&B doesn’t cut it.  Here are 7 wins and fails from American Idols gone Broadway.  This is a first contribution by a new writer here.

American Idol Fantasia Barrino in After Midnight: Stormy Weather
How did she do? WIN

I love this number by Fantasia. Forget the fact that she has great energy and playfulness with the quartet of cute guys, she encapsulates the 1920s-1930s style and her voice brought me back to the jazz age. She plays up a great range in her voice, my favorite being her effortless mix of sultry and innocent. A definite Win.

American Idol Star Diana Degarmo in Hair: Easy to be Hard
How did she do? Not bad, keep going and they will love you!
While I’m not a big fan of smooth jazz, Diana does a great job on “Easy to be Hard.” Her sweet crooning and powerful voice made me feel the melody, and she did a great job making a not-so-great song into a tolerable sing-a-long.

American Idol Runner Up Clay Aiken sings Home at Broadway Backwards.
How did he do? WIN
Clay Aiken had fantastic energy in the number “Brave Sir Robin.” He had me tapping my feet and laughing out loud. But there is a better performance than his awesome job in Spamalot. The American Idol star kicked a broadway songs ass with his version of Home in this video. We all remember Kristin Chenoweth destroying it in Glee and making it famous again, but when Clay took on Home, he gives you Goosebumps making it a definite win for American Idol stars on Broadway. This is an awesome performance.

American Idol’s Justin Guarini in American Idiot: Jesus of Suburbia
How did he do?  MEH,,,go back to pop music.
I loved Justin Guarini as Will in the Rock Opera American Idiot. Jesus of Suburbia, not so much. He almost seemed drowned out, and it was hard for me to really get into this particular number. While he looked the part and sung the part, I didn’t feel like this was as emotionally-driven as the original Green Day song is. Meh.

American Idol Constantine Maroulis in Jekyll and Hyde: This is the Moment
How did he do? FAIL,,,get off our stage!
Didn’t love it. He looks too soft for the part, too young for what I imagine Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde to be. This song sounded more like an 80’s love song , and did nothing for the inner turmoil inside the mail character. Fail. You can click the link above to find our full review of the show when we saw it with this ex American Idol star turned broadway.

American Idol Diva Frenchie Davis in Rent: Seasons of Love
How did she do? WIN,,,nice job, great vocals and performance!
I loved Frenchie in this role. Not only is this one of my favorite show tunes of all times, I really loved Frenchie’s addition to this rendition. I think she looks fabulous and really gave some Diva soul to the piece. Her range was fabulous, her pitch was fabulous, absolute WIN.

American Idol Jordan Sparks in In the Heights: Breathe
How did she do? WIN,,,this was basically the Kelly Clarkson performance that won the show and made Jordan one of our favorite American Idol stars gone Broadway.
I loved Jordan in this show. This song was amazing, she really captured the mood and hopeful starlight in the character. She hit those high notes perfectly, and it gave me shivers. Her energy was up and she engaged the crowd, and ultimately this song was a WIN.

Ten Minutes Ago from Cinderella – Broadway Proposal Songs

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To stay with the Cinderella mini theme with this week about engagements and showtunes to get engaged to, I figure the first song should be from Cinderella on Broadway.  Cinderella is all about getting married and a happy ending.  The song Ten Minutes Ago is all about falling in love and knowing that is the person you want to marry.  I’ve met a ton of couples that knew the minute they saw the person they fell in love and knew that was the person for them.  That is what this song is about.  Whether you are looking for a showtune for your first dance or you want showtunes that are perfect for getting engaged, Ten Minutes Ago is the perfect song for both.

Because the song is literally the prince singing to Cinderella about falling in love instantly, and because it can easily be a waltz which is an amazing dance, you can easily make it your first dance as a married couple and steal the dance floor.  Ten Minutes Ago from Cinderella is a gorgeous and romantic song that will make the people at your wedding tear as well as the broadway fans want to sing a long.  The words and the music make it the perfect broadway song for a first dance and one of the best showtunes to get engaged to.

If you play ten minutes ago from Cinderella to the person you are about to get married to, it’ll make the person cry.  You’ll be singing or playing a song that lets them know you instantly fell in love and have always wanted to marry them.  You’ll be there with them forever and you’ll never want to leave their side.  When you finally fall in love and know that it is the right person, this showtune is the perfect one for you to have playing in your head or to play to that person.  It won’t be your song as a couple, but it is definitely a great showtune to get engaged to.  It’s romantic, it is about instantly falling in love and about wanting to marry the person you love.

 

Happy Labor Day – Two Songs About Two Types of Co-Workers

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Almost 6 years ago I got tired of back stabbers, kiss asses and everything else that makes jobs suck!  I hated the boss that only cared about the people that would kiss his butt and even worse, watching lazy people get promoted above people that could actually do their job.  Instead of sitting down and bitching about it like most people, I got up and quit.  It was as easy as that.  To be honest, it was extremely terrifying but insanely rewarding.  The thing I couldn’t stand most was being stabbed in the back, having people take credit for the work I was doing and the people above me thanking them for everything I did.  That is why for Labor Day I wanted to wish everyone who has these people in their lives a nice and relaxing day off.

I struggled a few times over the first few years worrying about paying rent, other agencies and “friends” trying to steal clients (you learn fast who you can and cannot trust) and sometimes how I was going to keep my sanity.  That’s one of the reasons I started this blog.  What I learned is that I would never give up on anything, I learned that if you are good at what you do you can survive and do it for yourself and that I would never want any of my employees to have to deal with the insane people that try to climb the corporate ladder.  Now that I have a couple of people who work for me, I can give them the job I would have killed for and loved and I hope they enjoy it.  For those of you who are stuck in the word world, remember, if you work hard, stay late every day and really kick ass, you can move ahead (I was a VP by the time I hit 25 or 26) and even when people try and stab you in the back, don’t go for revenge.  Instead, let them fall on their face.  It’s ok to forgive, but don’t give them your trust without them really earning it and remember, the first chance they get they will stab you again and never think twice about it.  Here are two broadway songs that I think anyone who has dealt with these people or are one can relate to.

OMG You Guys from Legally Blond the Musical

OMG You Guys from Legally Blond the Musical is about Elle getting ready to get engaged.  We all know she is about to get dumped, but instead of moping and pouting, she gets back on top and gets ready to kick some ass.  Instead of sleeping with a professor, stabbing the girl who is engaged to her boyfriend or even being a b*tch, she works hard, studies and goes for it.  She doesn’t hurt anyone, she has a positive attitude and she makes it in the end…not to mention falls in love.  Elle reminds me of the person who works hard and continues to fight, even when everyone else is against her.  She is that hard working person that never gives up and makes it in the real world.  I have never met anyone that had the drive, wasn’t lazy and couldn’t make it.  That’s why I love Elle and the song OMG You Guys from Legally Blond the Musical.

Killer Instinct from Bring it On the Musical.

This showtune is about the exact opposite type of person.  The girl in this show idolized her neighbor Campbell and the minute she had her chance, she stabbed her in the back, took over her life, her boyfriend, her best friends, her school and her spot as the head cheerleader.  The entire showtune is about stabbing people in the back and not stopping until you get everything you want in life.  Unfortunately there are a million people out there like this and almost all of us know them.  I personally hate them and when I find someone like this, I instantly remove them from my life.  They are horrible people and usually the bosses and higher ups know about it, but they never do anything and this person wins.  You shouldn’t try to take revenge on them, but by doing what Elle or Campbell did which is work hard and move ahead, you can put these people in their places.  I never stabbed anyone in the back during my career and still moved ahead.  I had people against me at a lot of places and people who stabbed me in the back.  I let it get me down, but then I used the depression and anger to work even harder and move ahead of them.  It isn’t easy to do, but if you don’t let them get you down and you can kick butt at what you do, you can win in the end.  The people that Elle and Campbell had to deal with are horrible.  Unfortunately there are a ton of them out there.  Relax and have a great day off this Labor Day and when you get back to work, remember to not worry about stabbing them in the back, forget about revenge and focus on being better at your job and working your ass off so you can move ahead without being one of those people.