I was thinking about which song or show to review today and I was thinking about my mood. I’m kind of relaxed and a bit tired but also completely excited about one of my best friends from college coming to visit me this weekend. Because of him coming to visit, I immediately thought of Sunset Boulevard and As If We Never Said Goodbye by Glenn Close because it is one of my favorite broadway showtunes about seeing someone you haven’t seen forever and instantly feeling like you never spent any time apart.
Glenn Close has always been one of my favorite actresses. Whether it was her amazing performance in The Stepford Wives with Better Midler or even in Disney films about dogs, Glenn Close is one of the most incredible actresses that are on Broadway, TV (Will and Grace was awesome) and on film as well. When you combine Glenn Close into a role like Norma Desmond in the show Sunset Boulevard, you are going to see an amazing performance and one of the most popular songs and best songs from the show is As If We Never Said Goodbye.
It’s sort of like when you are catching up with an old best friend from years ago and still feel like you know them. Whether or not you become friends again is one thing, but the feeling that you still know everything about each other is amazing. Whether it is re-entering a career, seeing a lover or a friend, catching up with a family member you had a falling out with or anything else, As If We Never Said Goodbye from Sunset Boulevard is one of the best broadway showtunes to help you relive that feeling of excitement, happiness and nervousness all over again.
Everyone has had one of these times when we feel nervous about seeing the person we haven’t seen for a long time, but when you finally get to see them all of the nervousness turns into happiness and you can really enjoy yourself. That’s why I’m excited for my friend to come this weekend and why I love the broadway showtune As If We Never Said Goodbye from Sunset Boulevard.
So my friend sent me a couple of text messages of his face beaten up. I initially thought him and his partner were attacked, but instead his partner had attacked him. On the phone he initially was upset, then started talking about missing his ex and then he told me he had done it before, but never that bad. Not only was I upset with this, but I immediately almost flew out to see him and bring him back to DC with me so he didn’t do anything stupid. He then told me he was staying with a different friend and we started joking about things to lighten the mood and all of the sudden The More You Ruv Someone from Avenue Q.
The reason I thought of The More You Ruv Someone from Avenue Q is because it is when Kate Monster was upset about Princeton taking home Lucy the Slut and sleeping with her. When Kate’s standing outside of his door, she’s staring through the night and Christmas Eve comes up to sing about what it’s like to love someone, except she makes a ton of random and weird references.
The conversation was kind of an offbeat one and you have to have a dark sense of humor to not think we were insane, but it completely reminded me of this song. It also made me think of The More You Ruv Someone because when I was in his car and when my iPhone put on Avenue Q and he said what the heck is that and never play it again…so of course I put on Book of Mormon right after. Anyways, he hates broadway and musicals and I love to play them when he’s around just because its fun to watch him cringe when someone hits a C or anything high.
It sucks that his partner had hurt him but at least he is out of there and safe now. Although Princeton never hurt Kate physically, the song The More You Ruv Someone from Avenue Q still reminds me of what happened to my friend and makes me laugh. If you have a dark sense of humor you’d probably love this song and would have thought of it too.
When I was thinking about what I wanted to write about broadway for 2011, I realized that 2011 was a year for leading men to own broadway. Even the leading ladies were men with Priscilla and La Cage. Not only were some of the most memorable songs and ballads all male, but the men owned broadway this year and took it by storm.
You have The Book of Mormon with an amazing song I Believe. You had Catch Me if You Can the Musical with Goodbye and tons of other great songs. What If from the Addams Family. I Am What I Am from La Cage for revivals and who doesn’t love the ladies in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Daniel Radcliff completely stole the stage in How to Succeed In Business Without Ever Really Trying and even some of the music from Spiderman was amazing. Somehow the guys stole broadway back this year and turned the ballad into an amazing type of song for men to sing again.
Not only do men have a ton of great new songs to sing at showtunes, but there is an entirely new list of musicals for them to tryout for and songs to use for auditions. I’m not saying there weren’t a ton of talented women performing or singing amazing songs, but the guys definitely stole broadway this year and even stole some of the best female parts.
2012 was an awesome year for musical theatre. Glee still helped bring showtunes to main stream media and you started seeing more and more broadway stars moving out of theatre and helping grow shows by performing at the Captiol Building in Washington DC as well as many other events and tours. The male stars on broadway definitely stole the show and helped create a new generation of theatre fans by making musicals popular again. 2011 was definitely a year for men on broadway and we got to hear a ton of amazing music and ballads. I can’t wait to see what new shows open next year and see if the women can start to take back the broadway ballad or if the guys will continue to steal the stage.