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The Top Ten Broadway Songs About Saying Goodbye

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What I love about broadway songs about saying goodbye is that there are so many ways to say goodbye on broadway. Some people are singing about their careers while others are songs about saying goodbye to the person they love. Some broadway songs about saying goodbye could be about them dying and wishing they could have done more and others are about starting over or even just moving on to a new show or career. Broadway songs about saying goodbye could be sad, happy or somewhere in the middle. Anyways, here is my list of my top ten favorite broadway songs about saying goodbye.

Broadway Songs About Saying Goodbye

Don’t Rain on My Parade Reprise from Funny Girl

I love the reprise of Don’t Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl for my top ten list of broadway songs about saying goodbye because it is all about saying screw you to a theatre that rejects you and picking yourself back up. It teaches you that if something doesn’t work out, pick yourself back up and move on because there is always something better and another show that you can do.

Fly, Fly Away from Catch Me If You Can the Musical
The song Fly Fly Away from Catch Me If You Can the Musical is another great song about saying goodbye. It is the main character’s girlfriend singing to him about wishing him the best and saying goodbye because she just turned him over to the authorities but knows that she will see him again. It is basically her way of saying goodbye to the guy she loves but not really saying goodbye at the same time.

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina Reprise from Evita
The Reprise of Don’t Cry for Me Argentina is when Evita is laying on her death bed and saying goodbye to the world in which she helped to redefine. She is saying goodbye to her life, her husband and her true love, her country. The Don’t Cry for Me Argentina Reprise is one of my favorite goodbye songs on broadway.

Goodbye Love from Rent
Goodbye Love from Rent is when Mimi is saying Goodbye to Roger, but also saying goodbye to trying to fight off her AIDS. It is one of the points in the show where everyone in the audience wants to cry because they are watching a good person give up and say goodbye to life. Not to mention they are also all at Angel’s funeral. Goodbye Love from Rent is one of the saddest but most memorable goodbye songs on broadway.


The Death of Alonso Quijano from The Man of Lamancha

This song is about Dulcinea saying goodbye to the main character. It is one that I will always remember seeing when I was younger. This and the song about the mirrors from man of La Mancha are two of my favorite broadway goodbye songs. If you have ever seen man of Lamancha you will understand why.

For Good from Wicked
This is one of my favorite showtunes from newer shows. It is the song where Elphaba and Galinda are saying goodbye to each other before Elphaba is killed by Dorothy. Not only do you want to cry during this song, but you want to go on stage and give Elphaba a hug. For Good from Wicked is above and beyond one of the most emotional goodbye songs on broadway and one that gets almost everyone in the audience to start to tear.


And I’m Telling You from Dreamgirls

Who doesn’t love a Diva? Especially one who is bitter, pissed and ready for revenge. In this song you have a woman who is tired of everyone walking on her and she is ready to say goodbye to everyone stealing from her, using her and being a doormat. And I’m Telling You from Dreamgirls is one of the ultimate best goodbye broadway songs of all times.

Goodbye from Catch Me If You Can
This is one of my new favorite showtunes. Not only is it perfect for this list because he is saying goodbye to his old life, but his goodbye is also his hello to his new life. The character who sings this song is not only tired of running and making up lies, but he is ready to move on to an honest life where he can “use his talents for good” (I completely had to throw a quote from Wicked in there). Goodbye from Catch Me If You Can is one of my favorite showtunes and perfect for this list of the top ten broadway songs about saying goodbye.

Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof
Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof is one of the saddest songs on this list and on broadway. Not only is it asbout the jews of Anatevka being forced out of their homes, but they are saying goodbye to their homes, their lives, their friends, their families and all of their memories. Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof is one of the best goodbye songs and one of the saddest.


Rose’s Turn from Gypsy

The top ten list of broadway songs about saying goodbye could not be complete without one song from the stage mom who says goodbye to everything. Rose sings this song to say goodbye to being a doormat, doing work to make her dreams for everyone else come true and also to being in the shadows when all she ever wanted was a spotlight. Rose’s goodbye song is all about her taking control of her life and finally doing something for herself. This is one of my favorite goodbye songs and one of my favorite showtunes to sing at karaoke.

There are tons of other goodbye songs on broadway like Give My Regards to Broadway or As We Stumble Along or even Drink With Me from Les Miserables. You have We Go Together, Forget About the Boy and even I Want to Be a Producer from the Producers. The problem with broadway songs about saying goodbye is that almost every show has one and each of them are memorable. Most of them are by the finale’s or intermissions and most of them generate emotions for you. If you have a favorite broadway song about saying goodbye, feel free to share it by leaving a comment below.

Pippin – No Time at All. A broadway song to cheer you up.

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The song No Time at All from Pippin is one of my favorite broadway songs to cheer you up. Everyone hits a point where they break up with someone, fail a test or a class, lose a job, get in a fight with a friend or just even feel like they aren’t worth much. We all feel these at some point, for me it is each year as I turn a year younger on my birthday.

Anyways, if you constantly worry about how bad life is and forget that there are good things that happen when you’re older, when you take a nap and wake up, when you get through the week and enjoy a weekend, you forget that sometimes things suck and everyone feels like they have no purpose. Even Avenue Q has a song called Purpose which is about finding your purpose. Anyways, when Pippin walks into the room to talk to Granny, he talks about how he feels worthless and that is when Granny decides to jump in.

No Time at All from Pippin is a song that Granny sings to Pippin about remembering that life is worth living and you always have to remember that things do eventually get better. One of the things that I think everyone hates is that you have to be proper your whole life. No swearing, being polite, no sex talk, etc… However, when you are older, you sort of earn the right to be as vulgar and as funny as you’d like which is what I love about some of Granny’s first lines.

The song No Time at All from Pippin is one of my favorite songs to listen to whenever I feel worthless or feel like I haven’t accomplished anything. Anyways, this is one of my favorite songs from Pippin, besides corner of the sky, and I think that if you are ever having a bad day or are just feeling down, you’ll end up falling in love with No Time at All from Pippin as well. Anyways, here is No Time at All from Pippin.

Stars and the Moon from Songs for a New World

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So I was listening to XM satellite radio today and they played the song Stars and the Moon from Songs for a New World and it was the perfect song for one of the things that is causing drama in my life. The song Stars and the Moon from Songs for a New World is not only exactly what I’m thinking now, but it means a lot because of the way I interpret the song.

The person singing the song talks about some of the guys that she has dated and why she dated them or didn’t date them or broke up with them. Some of them were rich and retired by thirty. They would buy her a huge diamond ring and go cruising on his yacht. Unfortunately for him he couldn’t buy her the one thing that she wanted, the Moon. He did get her stars at his parties all over Europe, but the stars she wanted were ones that were out of his reach. On the other hand she met a guy that was poor but could give her love and devotion. The problem is that what she may not have realized is that even though he could love her, what she thought she wanted was more.

What she never realized was that even though he couldn’t afford the expensive gifts and lifestyle, what he could give her was love and that love is the stars and the moon. The things you cannot reach or touch or own. They are sort of emotions and love because just like love, you can’t own it but you can feel it, want to reach out to it and love it….like the moon where you can see it, want it and love it, but know you can’t have it. So what do you do, go with the money and the guy you like, or the one who is broke but can give you love. What she realized is that she went for money not knowing that he could give her everything but the moon. The guy who was poor is the one who couldn’t give her the expensive gifts and yachts, but what he could do is give her the stars and the moon.

Stars and the Moon from Songs for a New World is one of my favorite showtunes to sing a long to and also one that makes me think and sort of sad. Right now I am making the same decision. Date a rich guy who can buy me what I want, even though I support myself and love him for who he is, or do I go for the less well off guy who loves me, but I have to do more and he cannot do what I like to do and can afford.

Anyways, here’s Stars and the Moon from Songs for a New World. There are great versions by Betty Buckley and other singers on youtube, but for some reason they didn’t impress me as much as the other singers who aren’t well known. Here is one of the random unknown singers performing Stars and the Moon from Songs for a New World. Feel free to share your favorite version below in the comments section.

Showtunes Party in Washington DC from the Helen Hayes Awards

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So I have absolutely no clue what the Helen Hayes Awards is or what they are for, but my friend sent me an invite to an opened to everyone party (that actually sounds kind of lame) at the Jefferson hotel Quill bar. According to the invitation below to the Helen Hayes Awards showtunes party, there is no cover which is nice, cocktails which is better, but most importantly, sing a long showtunes where you are encouraged to belt out as loud as you can. That is why it got my attention. This bitch loves to belt out showtunes, especially when drinking cocktails and having fun with other theatre queens. Here is the invite to the Helen Hayes Awards showtunes party in Washington DC.

SHOW TUNES & COCKTAILS AT THE JEFFERSON

Presented by The Helen Hayes Awards Shed your inhibitions, connect with your inner diva and belt out show tunes with other theater lovers, bandleader and pianist extraordinaire Glenn Pearson and a few special guests from Washington stages at this monthly gathering.

Join us on:
MONDAY, JULY 11, 7 – 10PM
Quill Bar at The Jefferson, Washington DC
1200 16th St, NW
No cover – FREE!

Enjoy the art of the cocktail in The Jefferson’s elegant Quill Bar and savor their spectacular bar menu. An appetizer & specialty drink menu will be available.

Discounted parking is offered to our guests.

20% of proceeds support the year-round audience building efforts of the Helen Hayes Awards – Your Ticket to Washington Theatre. Find out what’s playing on over 70 area stages, visit www.helenhayes.org.

Anyways, if you are in the Washington DC area on July 11th, I highly encourage you to come to this event. I have no clue what the Helen Hayes awards are or what the actual purpose is, but when you combine a great pianist, showtunes and cocktails with a bunch of drunken queens you are bound to have an awesome time. I’ll more than likely be there as well with my camera taking random photos to review the event for this blog as well. If you end up coming, feel free to say hi if you see me.