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Spotlight: The Top 10 Musical Theatre Breakup Songs



One of the great things about the arts is that is can shape our emotions. As humans, we are often very driven by those emotions. Therefore, tapping into the right ones can bring about a great deal of social/personal change. But, I’m getting a little ahead of myself. This list is fairly basic: just a compilation of, in my humble opinion, the most powerful, sob-inducing musical theatre songs about the end of a relationship.

~Always Starting Over (If/Then)

“My love, our life is over, but love, I’ll make you one last vow…to start over and over and over somehow. My new life starts right now!”

~The Winner Takes It All (Mamma Mia!)

“I don’t want to talk about things we’ve gone through…I’ve played all my cards, and that’s what you’ve done too. Nothing more to say, no more ace to play.”

~The Music That Makes Me Dance (My Man) [Funny Girl]

“What’s the difference if I say I’ll go away, when I know I’ll come back on my knees someday? For whatever my man is, I am his forevermore.”

~Burn (Hamilton)

“The world has no right to my heart…you forfeit all rights to my heart! You forfeit the place in our bed…with only the memories of when you were mine!”

~Small World (Reprise) [Gypsy]

“Lucky, you’re a man who likes children. That’s an important sign. Lucky, I’m a woman with children. Small world, isn’t it?”

~Losing My Mind (Follies)

“I spend sleepless nights to think about you. You said you loved me, or were you just being kind? Or am I losing my mind?”

~Be On Your Own (Nine)

“And you’ll take with you all you own, from A to Z, and all of me.”

~This Nearly Was Mine (South Pacific)

“Now, now I’m alone. Still dreaming of paradise, still saying that paradise once nearly was mine!”

~Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music)

“Isn’t it rich? Isn’t it queer? I thought that you’d want what I want- sorry, my dear…but where are the clowns? There ought to be clowns. Well maybe next year.”

~We Do Not Belong Together (Sunday in the Park with George)

“No one is you, George, there we agree. But others will do, George. No one is you and no one can be. But no one is me, George, no one is me…I have to move on!”

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The Villains are RESTLESS!


Last night, my friend Erika and I attended the “Broadway Villains Party” at Feinstein’s/54 Below! I had a voucher for a free show and partial dinner cover, so a $100+ night wound up costing less than $25. And it was a blast. We finally got to watch Patrick Page sing Hunchback‘s “Hellfire” live, so now we can both die happy. Other highlights of the evening included “You’ll Be Back” from Hamilton, Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles slaying “Mother Knows Best” from Tangled, and a drag queen Cruella de Vil. They even had a woman maniacally perform “The Confrontation” from Jekyll & Hyde. The whole roster was superb and the food was delicious. And look at how close we were to the stage!

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Spotlight: My Big Fat Nomination Evaluation

Hi friends! Some of you may have noticed that I recently posted a poll on Puccini’s Chronicles. I think I’ll be doing this every month. Why? Just so I know what my readers/visitors like! And, of course, to generate discussion. P.S. This is the first entry I’m writing from my brand-new laptop.

So, what better way to break in a new laptop than to write a long discourse about some non-Hamilton-locked Tony Award categories? Okay, so that’s not 100% true. Half of the prizes I break down WILL involve actors from Hamilton. How could they not? That said, the awards for Best Musical, Score, and Book aren’t even a contest this year. But the show may very well win 3/4 acting categories as well…especially considering they are represented by multiple nominees. But we’ll get to that.



Who will probably win: Cynthia Erivo as Celie in The Color Purple (pictured).

  • Erivo’s Broadway debut as the triumphant literary heroine has been lauded by critics and fans alike as nothing short of revelatory. Should she win, Celie will be one of the few roles in history to earn a Tony Award twice (the first was from LaChanze in the original Broadway production).

Potential upset: Carmen Cusack as Alice in Bright Star

  • Ironically ALSO making her Broadway debut, I think Cusack is the only nominee who will give Erivo competition. Although this show is getting mixed reviews, her performance is being universally acclaimed. Point of contention- if Bright Star were to close before the ceremony, the award is Erivo’s to lose.


What will probably win: She Loves Me

  • If recent victories for The King and I and Pippin are any indication, this category has a tendency to favor “classic” musicals. That, combined with this production’s good writeups and devoted fanbase, could give it the edge.

Potential upset: The Color Purple

  • On the flip side, what John Doyle did for this show is super fresh, and his cast is terrific. Stranger things have happened, but I’d also like to note that for both the aforementioned Pippin and King and I, their leading ladies ALSO won in those years! Could we see a repeat with Erivo and Purple?


Who will probably win: Jayne Houdyshell in The Humans

  • The Humans is being referred to as one of the best new plays in recent memory, and Jayne Houdyshell has been in the business for quite some time. She’s due for a win, and there aren’t roles much meatier than this one to get her there.

Potential upset: Megan Hilty in Noises Off

  • In a bizarrely similar vein, this is Broadway sweetheart Hilty’s first Tony Award nomination. However, she is one of the most popular “belting sopranos” in the biz. The Featured Performer categories are notoriously unpredictable too; do you recall Annaleigh Ashford’s win last year?


Who will probably win: Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica in Hamilton

  • Goldsberry has been favorited to win this nugget since her show opened. Viewers have cited the brilliant acting she brings to the brilliantly-written song “Satisfied.” But this is not the one-way ticket to victory- remember how Sydney Lucas’s astounding “Ring of Keys” last year…wound up in a loss for her?

Potential upset: Jennifer Simard as Sister Mary in Disaster!

  • I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that this is the most unlikely of my upsets, and with good reason. Her show has already shut its doors. However, even people that absolutely despised Disaster! fell in love with Simard’s portrayal of a gambling nun. The phenomenon even inspired a Twitter hashtag, Put Simard On, trying to earn her a bit performance in the ceremony.


Who will probably win: Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr in Hamilton

  • The real Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton dueled to the death, and the same thing could go down here! Both men are giving tour-de-force performances, but I think Odom’s is getting some more attention. Personally, I think Lin Manuel-Miranda will earn his trophies for the show’s book and music.

Potential upset: Danny Burstein as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof

  • And we close with the classic “Kelli O’Hara problem” that only ended last year. Danny Burstein is among performers who have the most Tony Award nominations without a single win. He is clearly pouring his heart and soul into the iconic part of Tevye the Milkman, but he wound up in a really bad year to do so. There IS a small chance that his loss record combined with the beloved Fiddler results in “a staircase just for show.”
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What is It with These Broadway Kids Today?

Listen well, my younger readers. One of the most important pieces of advice I can give you if you’re searching for your place in the industry is to BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS. Look beyond the Tveit. Peer through the Emerald Curtain. Swap the Newsies cap for a turn-of-the-century hat, complete with feathers. And really explore the world you long to see beyond the barricade.

I guess what I am trying to say is that I’m concerned that I’m reading stuff from you kids about the same ten shows/actors all the time. Spring Awakening, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Laura Osnes, Sierra Boggess, Aaron Tveit, Idina Menzel, etc. Now I totally get that different shows speak to you in different ways; there’s absolutely nothing wrong with loving any of the shows you love. But you cannot fairly praise them as the best thing since sliced bread if they’re the only shows you’ve really heard. Take a chance and listen to that obscure show that ran for less than 10 performances on Broadway (*cough* Anyone Can Whistle *cough*) and you just may find some brilliant music there. And that’s another way a piece of art will have done its job in touching your heart.

Or you may find a new performer that blows you away with their interpretation of this new music. And then hopefully we’ll see some appreciation posts of them on your social media channels! And then more people will see them and want to learn about them! And so it continues infinitely! Okay, I’m getting a little too enthusiastic. But you get my drift. Here are some performers and shows I think you guys will love based on the current trends I’m seeing on various blog tags:

  • If you like Wicked…try Into the WoodsPippin, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
  • If you like Hamilton…try Pacific Overtures and An American in Paris.
  • If you like Les Miserables or Phantom…try Carousel and Miss Saigon.
  • If you like First Date…try Company and She Loves Me.
  • If you like Laura Osnes or Sierra Boggess…check out Barbara Cook, Victoria Mallory, and Julie Andrews.


Pictured: Victoria Mallory’s daughter, Ramona, in the same role her mom once played on Broadway! What are your favorite “lesser-known-but-still-amazing” stars of the stage and screen?

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Two Minutes with…SPECIAL EDITION

So tomorrow, Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells (in a weird Book of Mormon reunion) will announce the nominations for this year’s Tony Awards at 8:30am. At that time, I’ll very likely be riding a bus to work…but that’s why we have Google!


In any case, this year’s ceremony will be a little different. Instead of being “which shows will win what,” it’s gonna be “how many awards can Hamilton garner.” Of course I’m saying this facetiously, but we could witness a record-breaking amount of wins for the monster musical (this record is currently held by Mel Brooks’ The Producers). In this special TWO MINUTES  post, a dear friend of mine (and aficionado in her own right) exchanges words with me about what can go down. We’ll call her “Eyar.”

Eyar: With multiple actors being nominated in the leading actor category (2–Lin Manuel Miranda & Leslie Odom Junior) and featured actor category (3–Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, & Christopher Jackson) along with single nominations in leading actress and featured actress, Hamilton could reach 16 nominations, the most any show has ever received. Cynthia Erivo is going to win for The Color Purple and Spring Awakening is my front runner for Best Musical Revival.

DeLalla: Personally, I think Groff could be left out in the cold. Leading Actor will probably be a tight contest between Odom and Danny Burstein (which could result in the O’Hara/Mueller result of yesteryear but I’m not sure). The only one who’ll give Erivo serious competition is Carmen Cusack from Bright Star. People are saying nothing but outstanding things about her, too.

Eyar: Erivo is going to take it. And Miranda will also be in Leading Actor which he’ll probably win too.

DeLalla: Also, Spring Awakening could theoretically sneak in for a Best Revival nod, but it’ll be hard (remember what happened to Side Show).

Eyar: Also Cusack is in a mixed review show; they rarely let someone in a so-so show win an award. And Spring Awakening was successful and an original limited engagement that extended. Side Show closed early due to bad sales.

DeLalla: I think Miranda’s wins will be for the show’s writing. Odom has a better chance of getting the acting prize.

Eyar: Miranda could win actor, book, score, and musical. I can see that happening.

DeLallaIn a way, it’s sad. This could have been a REALLY interesting year- Waitress, School of Rock, Bright Star, and American Psycho have all been praised for at least one element of their show. It would’ve been cool to see them all duke it out. Don’t get me wrong, GREAT for Hamilton, but they just kind of threw a wrench in a lot of the fun.

Pictured above is Carmen Cusack in-character. Watch the nominations announcement in real-time here.

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Spotlight: Presidents Onstage

Good afternoon, everyone! This presidential election has been something of a media circus, hasn’t it? Whether you’re with her or feeling the Bern or making America great again- or none of the above- you probably have heard more about these folks individually than you did last time’s candidates put together.

But let’s not talk about politics. This is a performing arts blog and we’re going to stick with that. However, I’d be lying if I said the Commander-in-Chief lifestyle was absent from the artistic world. People seem to have a fascination with the personal lives of the U.S. Presidents…their families, their psyches, their hidden philosophies. And as with any fascination, there is rich fodder for creativity. So in this entry, I’ll be breaking down some of the most famous stage stories to ever dive into the White House.


First Daughter Suite. In the followup to his own First Lady Suite, composer Michael John LaChiusa offers us a glimpse at the struggles of presidential daughters. The piece is actually comprised of four mini-musicals, each focusing on the Nixons (pictured), the Carters, the Reagans, and the Bushes, respectively. It’s a hodgepodge both musically and dramatically, touching on many genres and theatrical elements from surrealism to expressionism. The show played at the Public Theater last year, anchored by a dynamic nine-woman cast.

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1776. As its name implies, this beloved Broadway musical from Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone provides audiences with an insider’s look at how the Declaration of Independence got signed. John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Hancock (as well as most of their wives) all appear as characters. The original production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and a new production (pictured) very recently found itself at New York City Center.


Nixon in China. In what is perhaps the most bizarre source material ever used in an opera, Nixon in China played the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 after a 2006 debut in England. The composer of the piece is named- I kid you not- John Adams (libretto done by Alice Goodman). You can’t make this stuff up. In all seriousness, however…the story is told through aria, chorus, and ballet, among other traditional elements serving a very untraditional work. Fascinatingly enough, Richard Nixon’s daughter Tricia even attended a performance and offered it a standing ovation.


Hamilton. Oh, and then there’s this!