Question for the Hive Mind...What are the best "Meta" songs about Broadway/Hollywood (acting, auditions, etc)I'm looking for group songs, trios, duets, solos... funny is best! Here's a starter list:GROUPA Musical Something Rotten!The Greatest Show The Greatest ShowmanBroadway Here I Come SmashIt's Not Just For Gays Anymore Tony Awards – Neil Patrick Harris et.al.Untitled Opening Number Title Of ShowI Hope I Get It A Chorus LineShow People CurtainsYou Gotta Get a Gimmick GypsyComedy Tonight A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumBrush Up Your Shakespeare Kiss Me KateAn Original Musical title of show VINTAGEThere’s No Business Like Show Business Annie Get Your GunGive My Regards to Broadway Yankee Doodle DandyLullaby of Broadway 42nd StreetThat's Entertainment The Band WagonBroadway Baby Follies42nd Street 42nd StreetAnother Op'nin', Another Show Kiss Me, Kate SOLOSRose's Turn GypsyAnd I Am Telling You I'm Not Going DreamgirlsI'm Still Here FolliesAs If We Never Said Goodbye Sunset BoulevardLet Me Be Your Star SmashDance: Ten; Looks: Three (Tits and Ass) A Chorus LineCabaret CabaretI Wanna Be a Producer The ProducersI Want To Go To Hollywood Grand HotelMr Tanner Laura BenantiThe Late Late Show Do Re MiCopacabana Boy From OzQuiet Please There's A Lady Onstage Boy From OzWhen I Get My Name In Lights Boy From OzClimbing Uphill The Last Five YearsWhy Tick, Tick... Boom!Applause ApplauseThe Glamorous Life A Little Night MusicIt's a Business CurtainsWelcome to the Theater Applause HUMORDivas Lament: Whatever Happened Spamalot I Like Musicals Laura BenantiAlto's Lament Marcy Heisler & Zina GoldrichI'm Gonna Like This Play Eli Bolin (done by Abraham Lincoln)Musical Theatre Boys Cinco Paul [DUET]The Understudy Bobby Cronin
Playing Nancy from Groundhog Day. I hate it in the context of the show but it's cute as a cabaret song.
Thanks, knew I had forgotten about "Fame Becomes Me"... some great stuff there
Everything from A Chorus Line!
The Ingenue (music by Wally Harper, lyrics by David Zippel), sung by Barbara Cook on her "It's Better with a Band" recording.
Although it's a bit of an "ensemble" number and other characters interject, I really think a smart revision/rearrangement of Martin Short's "I'm Dying" (the Richard III number) from The Goodbye Girl could be great fun. "A Beat Behind" can also capture something similar for someone who's more of a dancer.Martin also had a lovely 11 o'clock number, "I Think I Can Play This Part," that is a quite charming use of acting/theatre language to convey a lovely not-necessarily-romantic message of solidarity that's fun to ham it up to (but you can still be sincere). I have used that a few times at auditions for some "self-aware" characters with a heart of gold.Great question, I'm sure there will be a ton more interesting answers!
Thanks to those who have responded so far. I expected a lot of interesting responses as greensgreens suggested, but think this thread got lost in all the Rent hoopla! ;P
TotallyEffed said: "Climbing Uphill from The Last Five Years"LOVE this one so much. and so funny! "I hate these ****!ng shoes" lol
Do What I Do from In Transit
Magic To Do
The MOST meta of all meta songs has to be THE SONG THAT GOES LIKE THIS from SPAMALOT.I would also include WITH ONE LOOK from SUNSET BLVDThere are entire shows that are built on a Meta foundation: SPAMALOT, BOOK OF MORMON and SOMETHING ROTTEN all constantly comment on themselves and the conventions of Broadway and actors. I happen to love MORMON, get a kick out of SPAMALOT...and, well, there's SOMETHING ROTTEN.
There are several from Ruthless.... "I Hate Musicals," "Born to Entertain," "To Play This Part," "Where Tina Gets It From," etc. You could make an argument that pretty much every song in that show fits your category. ETA that "A Way Back to Then" from [title of show] is a great solo in this category. (Though of course all of [title of show] fits.)
There's a Cabaret song called "A Contemporary Musical Theatre Song" that pokes fun at the music of Jason Robert Brown, Kitt & Yorkey, and Joe Iconis that's pretty fun.
First one that comes to mind is Broadway Boogie Woogie from A Class Act.
Some more great songs - can't believe I forgot Ruthless!
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