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Happy Valentine’s Day. No Sappy Valetine’s Day Showtunes on This List.

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I absolutely love Valentine’s Day and the broadway songs for Valentines Day that match it.  The thing is that I am single so it is sort of lonely when everyone else has a boyfriend or girlfriend, however I do have a family that loves me and lots of friends.  Even if you don’t have a partner to spend Valentine’s day with, you still have people that love you and you can spend it with them.  There are also tons of great non sappy valentines day showtunes that you can listen to with them.

Normally I would have loved to do a top ten valentines day showtunes, but I have to head out to meet up with friends.  Instead of a top ten broadway songs for valentines or valentines day showtunes, we’ll do a few songs that are about Mother’s and Sons and how they can love each other.  Valentines isn’t just for lovers, it’s for mother’s and sons and fathers and daughters and friends.  Here are my top valentines day showtunes.  Love you Mom!

You’ll be in my heart from Tarzan.
You’ll be in my heart from Tarzan is one of those gorgeous disney songs that the mother Gorilla sings to baby Tarzan to let him know that he’ll always be in her heart and part of their family. It is a gorgeous song and one that I think everyone falls in love with in the show or in the movie. Disney has an amazing way of making you fall in love with songs and this one between a mother and son, even though they are not related, is absolutely amazing. You’ll be in my heart from Tarzan is definitely #1 on my list for broadway songs for Valentine’s day.

Nothings Gonna Harm You from Sweeny Todd.
Who could not love this song. The adopted son singing that nothing’s gonna harm his adopted mom. Not only does he swear he would protect her, but she almost feels guilt and love for him. The character in this video doesn’t have the best voice but the acting and the Mrs. Mooney were fantastic. Nothing’s Gonna Harm You from Sweeny Todd is an amazing song that is actually gorgeous and one that is perfect for this list. I think most sons would gladly sing this to their moms and most moms would break out in tears if their sons sang it to them. It is a song that a mother and everyone else in the room will love.

Noone is Alone from Into The Woods.
Noone is Alone from Into The Woods is an amazing song where you have two parents left with two abandoned kids. The two grownups end up taking care of the kids and wanting to give them a better life now that the story is over. It is about them taking the kids in and giving them parents again and a good life. Noone is alone is a song that makes most people tear up. It is absolutely beautiful and perfect for the theme of parents and kids loving each other because they are family, even if they are not related for Valentines Day.

I don’t need anything but you from Annie.

How could I do this list about kids loving their parents without including I don’t need anything but you from Annie. Not only was this one of everyone’s favorite movies as a kid, but everyone loves it as an adult still. Everyone knows this song so I don’t really need to go on about it.

Come to Me from Les Miserables.

Ok this song isn’t the most happy, but if there is a broadway song that will make you cry and really show a mother’s love for her daughter, it is Come to Me from Les Miserables. I always tear up when I hear this song. Not only does she love her daughter, but Jean Val Jean loves her and he also adopts and loves Cosette. Come to Me from Les Miserables is the perfect song to end this list with, but don’t let it depress you. Think about the love that she has for her daughter and how Jean Val Jean would be there for her and then call you Mom and wish her a Happy Valentines Day.

Valentine’s Day is about being with someone that you love. It doesn’t have to be about romance, but it could be about the love you have for your family or your friends. This post was showtunes for Valentines day that is perfect for your Mom and Dad or for Moms and Dads to think of for their kids. Happy Valentines day everyone!

Two Broadway Showtunes That Have The Opposite Effect On Me.

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It’s kind of funny when you hear a showtune and when most people think the song is sad, you find it inspirational or it makes you happy.  Other times there are showtunes that are meant to be happy and to cheer you up, but when you hear them they kind of depress you.  There are two songs from very popular shows that have this type of effect on me.  Being Alive from Company and Happiness and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Being Alive from Company is a song that almost everyone thinks is sad or depressing.  The character singing is singing about why being alone isn’t a bad thing and how he doesn’t want to find love.  He is lonely and has given up hope on people and love and unfortunately always has people trying to set him up and keep him company.  Unfortunately he just wants to be alone.  When I hear this song I sort of relate to him but instead of seeing it as a bad thing, the song actually sounds like an inspirational and happy song.

I’m the type of person who likes my private space.  I love my friends and family, but I also like my private time.  When I hear the song Being Alive from Company I actually perk up because I feel that way a lot of the time.  It doesn’t mean I’m depressed, it just means that I like my life how it is.  The song reminds me that I have people who care about me and that I am happy Being Alive.  It is a gorgeous song and actually one that I think if you don’t hear as part of the show you’ll think it is more of a happier inspirational song for people who enjoy their lives and aren’t really looking for love.  Here is Being Alive from Company.

Happiness from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

This song is kind of like one of those songs that you hear as a kid. For some reason it sort of depresses me. The melody is dark and slow and the voices sound sort of depressed. The kids are singing about things that make them happy or about what they think happiness is. It’s a song that when you just hear it it should make you smile or think of what makes you happy. For some reason it always ends up making me feel depressed. I don’t know why it is because I always think of happy things when I hear it, but I always end up sort of down when it is over. Maybe it is the tune that depressed me or maybe its the voices that sound sort of depressed. Anyways, here is Happiness from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

If you have a song that has the opposite effect on you as everyone else, feel free to share it below by leaving a comment. Thank you again for reading.

Two Alternatives to Jersey Boys.

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So I brought my mom to see Jersey Boys when it was playing in Chicago and she absolutely loved it.  It isn’t a show that is supposed to make you think, it’s a show that was created to make you want to stand up and sing.  This is especially true for people who were raised in the 1950’s and 1960’s listening to Frankie Vallie.  The problem is that after you take your Parents or they take you to see the show, how can you top a show that was written to bring them back to their childhood and teenage years?  Simple, you find two other shows that are about the music from the 1950’s and 1960’s and that would also cause them to want to sing along.  The two shows that make a great Jersey Boys alternatives are The Marvelous Wonderettes and The Million Dollar Quartet.

The Marvelous Wonderettes.

The Marvelous Wonderettes is another feel good, fall in love and sing a long broadway musical.  It is about a group of girls that go through a ton of popular songs like Lollipop, It’s My Party and other hits from the 1950’s and 1960’s.  They sing them, act them out and even dress like they were alive back in the 50’s and 60’s.  You can’t help but to start singing a long when you are watching and if your parents or you loved Jersey Boys, you will go crazy for The Marvelous Wonderettes.  The problem is that it is hard to find a cast performing it because I don’t think its on broadway still.  You can however find the cd and original cast recording of The Marvelous Wonderettes for sale here.

The Million Dollar Quartet.

The Million Dollar Quartet is a made up show of four rock n roll superstars from the 1950’s and 1960’s.  They include Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.  Hrmm, never heard of Carl Perkins before.  I haven’t actually seen this show before but I have heard the original cast recording of it.  It includes songs like Don’t Be Cruel, Blue Suede Shoes, Peace In The Valley and a heck of a lot more.  The show is absolutely fantastic and if you or your parents loved Jersey Boys, this is a great made up story that they will love as well, especially because of the music.  Not all of it is sing a long but they should be able to recognize most of it.

Both shows are great shows to have fun watching and ones that if you loved Jersey Boys you should enjoy as well.  If you’ve seen them or are going to see them, feel free to leave a comment below and let us know how you liked them.

Cabaret – Two Ladies, A Show Ahead Of It’s Time.

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When I did the post about I Can Cook Too I was thinking about other shows that were way ahead of their times.  Cabaret is definitely one of those shows.  Not only was it in your face for the time period it was in, and went live on broadway, but it also dealt with a ton of taboo issues.  It had racism with the song about Jews.  The song don’t tell mama which is one of my favorites for karaoke and more importantly the scene where the main character finds out that her lover is also sleeping with her best friend who happens to be a guy.

Cabaret did an amazing job of bringing gay people into the main stream.  Although it was in your face and really kind of in a bad way, it showed that gay people are there and that it is ok to love them.  Then again, Cabaret also did their own spoofs on gays and polygomy (without the marriage) with their song Two Ladies.  I tried to get the Joel Grey version of this song but they are all blocked from sharing on Youtube so I am doing a cast showing instead of the movie.

Two ladies is about a guy who gets to live with two ladies.  Instead of doing it like three’s company, he’s actually sleeping with them.  For them it works and they try to make the song sound like it is ok.  Back when the show came out and even more important when it was supposed to be taking place, this would have been insane and unheard of.  Not only did it address gay guys and bi guys, but now you have two women and a man all sleeping together and not getting married…how horrible for old fashioned values.  Skip 50 years later to today and this isn’t necessarily as out of the ordinary.   It’s sort of funny how things that were made to shock people 50 years ago become passe now and we have to use other things like purely offensive songs and special effects to get an audience to react.  It’ll be fun to see what shows are like in another 50 years and what producers and actors will do to shock their audiences.  Anyways, here is Two Ladies from Cabaret.

I Don’t Get Why Broadway Fans Hate Disney On Broadway.

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When I talk to hardcore theatre buffs, many of them hate that Disney is all over Broadway and I don’t understand why. When I think of Disney on Broadway, I think of a company who has produced Musicals for years and redefined animation. They gave us some amazing songs, heroes, villains, princesses and everything else that we grew up watching, loving and hating. They also gave us some of our favorite songs and sing a longs. So how is that such a bad thing when Disney comes to Broadway?

You still have talented stars like Anthony Rapp in shows like Aida and you have amazing shows with incredible costumes like The Lion King. You get Tarzan swinging from trees and even singing Mermaids and Candlesticks. The thing about Disney on Broadway is that it brings characters to life that we all grew up watching and loving. No one had a problem with Disney on Ice so I’m not sure why there was a small fuss over Disney being on Broadway. What kid and even adult doesn’t want to see Mary Poppins take off and fly in real life or even watch their favorite cartoons sing the songs that they made famous. I think Disney does an incredible job with their shows. The other benefit of Disney on Broadway is that it gets kids to go to the theatres and to possibly actually have fun and enjoy Broadway shows.

The thing that I think Disney does really well is gets kids to want to go to and actually enjoy theatre. If you can get kids to love things like playing piano or singing or going to the theatre when they are little, there is a chance that they will continue to love it as they grow up. Getting to see Raul Julia and Sheena Easton in Man of La Mancha or Carol Channing in Hello Dolly or Brett Butler in Victor Victoria were some of my favorite childhood memories.

My whole family would get dressed up and we would meet my Aunts, Uncle’s and Cousins for dinner and then head to the theatre. Then we would watch a show and all go out for dessert right after. Because we were raised going to the theatre, all of us ended up still loving it as adults. We would also listen to showtunes as well as rock music when we were on car rides and the showtunes would sometimes be our requests. If you can get kids to love Broadway as kids, there is a chance that they will still love it as adults. What better way to help ensure that broadway doesn’t fade away than to give kids shows that they would be watching anyways?  Not to mention that Disney shows are a great way to get kids to want to go to the theatre.

I still don’t get why broadway snobs hate Disney on Broadway. I actually support it and love the fact that they are helping to get kids and families back into theatres. They also do an amazing job putting on performances and bringing cartoons to life. I think we should all thank Disney for helping to create an entirely new generation of broadway fans instead of trashing them for bringing a few shows to Broadway.