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If You Could Give a Concert of Ten Theatre Songs, What is Your Set?

Lanie J
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Here is mine, although I'll probably end up kicking myself for missing something.

1. What Baking Can Do- Waitress. I don't usually sing upbeat songs (whether or not this is upbeat is still in debate) but I love this song and I think it would be a fun way to open.

2. One Boy- Bye Bye Birdie. I was playing Ursula in my school production before the pandemic hit, and I was supposed to be in the trio singing this song. I'd love to perform it on stage someday.

3. I Miss the Mountains- Next to Normal. I know this is a downer, and that's what I have to sing it early on. I can't let myself end on an emotional wreck.

4. Ten Minutes Ago- Cinderella. I'd do it as a solo version, and this is the first musical I ever saw. I was five years old, and I'd love to pay tribute to that childhood.

5. Climbing Uphill- The Last Five Years. We need another up tempo song by this point, and I think this is one of the Cathy songs that isn't extremely overdone (Still Hurting or Summer in Ohio, anybody?)

6. Beauty and the Beast- Beauty and the Beast. I just need to add some childhood Disney nostalgia, and Mrs. Potts is a dream role for me.

7. At the Ballet- A Chorus Line. Again, this would be a solo, but I think that the spoken parts could be a very fun way to interact with the audience, who is surely getting bored by this point.

8. Hello, Young Lovers- The King and I. I don't think I'll ever get to play Anna in a racially sensitive production, but I absolutely adore this score and I will dream of singing my favorite Anna song.

9. As If We Never Said Goodbye- Sunset Boulevard. Overdone to death, but Norma is one of my dream roles as well (one I might actually play, lol) and I think this would make a wonderful penultimate number.

ENCORE

10. A Soft Place to Land- Waitress. The second Waitress song on this list, but be glad that neither one of them is She Used to Be Mine. I'd go for the most intimate feeling I can possibly get with this song: taking off my shoes, perhaps sitting down on the stage, etc. I'd love to end on a slow, but optimistic note, and if the last words the audience hears from me are "May we all be so lucky" I would be at peace.

I know that this set wouldn't function super well IRL, because nobody wants that many slow and sad songs, and having more of them dampens the emotion of each song. But this is just my dream list, and I'd love to hear your thoughts and your own lists.

alikxa
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There are a few strategies that can be utilized to battle stagefright, yet the greater part of them center exclusively around traversing that absolute first line. When that is off the beaten path, everything will in general become alright, so giving yourself something explicit to do before singing your first note can do some incredible things.

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Updated On: 6/30/20 at 02:33 PM
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Turkey Lurkey Time eight times in a row. Parable of the Monkey from Her First Roman. Then Turkey Lurkey Time again for the encore.

The show will be called “Why, Broadway?”
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If I did this it would be a whole Live at Liberty-style evening:

1) Applause from Applause, cut up a bit for some jokes/monologuing/audience interaction

2) When You're Right, You're Right from Woman of the Year, with alternate lyrics reflecting my life and career, with my pianist as a stand-in for Gerald

3) Ring Of Keys from Fun Home after discussing my first crush, Al Borland

4) All You Can Do from Lolita, My Love, re: my needy first boyfriend and internet culture in general

5) Go Visit Your Grandmother from 70, Girls, 70 as a tribute to all the actresses that inspired me as a kid and teenager

6) Duet for One from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, because it's fun

7) Honey from Merrily We Roll Along, as words to my past self

If You Could Give a Concert of Ten Theatre Songs, What is Your Set? Hushabye Mountain from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang after a monologue about my mother's illness

9) The Grass Is Always Greener from Woman of the Year as a duet between the two people I feel like I am sometimes, with rewritten lyrics

10) But The World Goes Round from New York, New York because LIZA

Updated On: 6/30/20 at 10:58 AM
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My actual serious answer: I would want to do a performance of Elton John’s concept album “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy,” because the theme of a successful artist missing his shambling amateur days (but admitting that his work is much better now) resonate so much with my experiences going from writing sketch comedy in a basement with my garage band to having a show Off-Broadway but not being able to get back to the “just for fun” of it anymore.
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But the encore would be Turkey Lurkey Time, right?
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Of course. Eight times.