Next week, I get a vacation! And on a last Sunday before that, I get to play my favorites...yes, I do! So let the show begin, before the hammock swinging and the "lemonade" sipping starts.
But first, a pop quiz! Pencils ready?
1.) Was there a real life Bloody Mary?
a.) No, that's a drink served with brunch, with big useless stalks of celery growing in it.
b.) No! She was a mere figment of Rodgers and Hammerstein's imagination.
c.) Yes...James Michener discovered her while researching his Tales Of The South Pacific, which was based on real-life characters and their lives. She had no teeth, but that didn't stop her from incessantly chewing betel nuts and swearing like a sailor.
d.) All of the above. But I like Mimosas better.
2.) Who did Leonard Bernstein share a flat with in the 1940s?
a.) Orson Welles
b.) Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney (they were siamese twins)
c.) Adolph Green
d.) All of the above. But I like Betty Comden better.
3.) What do Yma Sumac, Yip Harburg, and Bill Baird's puppets have in common?
c.) They all participated in a 40 performance flop called Flahooley.
d.) They all tried out for Cats.
e.) (Yes, E!) All of the above. I hate Cats.
BONUS/ EXTRA CREDIT:
4.) Which composer/lyricist used to be a band leader, arranger and writer of pop songs, but quit that last job rather abruptly (gossip says he disliked having to work with Elvis Presley's manager, "The Colonel"), leaving his "pop" projects and saying he had "an idea" for a musical?
a.) Jimmy Crack Corn
b.) I don't care
c.) Betty Comden
d.) Bloody Mary
e.) (Yes, bloody E!) Mimosas
f.) Sherman Edward (whoooo?)
It is entirely possible to get all of the above questions wrong and still have a rather fine life, so please don't worry. I mean, Broadway is nothing if all-accepting...I mean, you don't have to be able to do a buck and wing, know Jerry Herman's shirt size, or remember all the lyrics to Sondheim's Ladies Who Lunch to enjoy musical theatre immensely. So forget the questions, everybody gets an A, and summer vacation starts now.
See you next semester! :)
The Best of Times Is Now (George Hearn, Company, La Cage Aux Folles)
There Is Nothin' Like A Dame (Myron McCormick, Ensemble, South Pacific)
Bali Ha'i (Juanita Hall, South Pacific)
Bloody Mary (Ensemble, South Pacific)
We Dance (Eric Riley, Milton Craig Nealy, Ensemble, Once On This Island)
Shall We Dance? (Fred Astaire, Shall We Dance?)
The More We Dance (John Lithgow, Sherie Rene Scott, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
Sunday In The Park With George (Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Sunday In The Park With George)
No Life (Charles Kimbrough, Dana Ivey, Sunday In The Park With George)
Finishing The Hat (Mandy Patinkin, Sunday In The Park With George)
Ballet At The Village Vortex (Instrumental, Wonderful Town)
Time Square Dance (Instrumental, On The Town)
Prologue (Instrumental, West Side Story)
Pernambuco (Ensemble, Where's Charley?)
Night Of My Nights (Richard Kiley, Kismet)
BIrds/Enchantment (Yma Sumac, Flahooley)
Grasslands Chant (Ensemble, Lion King)
Sit Down, John (William Daniels, Ensemble, 1776)
Molasses To Rum (Clifford Davis, 1776)
But Mr. Adams (William Daniels, Howard DaSilva, Ken Howard, 1776)
Pretty Lady (Darren Lee, Hoon Lee, Telly Leung, Pacific Overtures)
Please Hello (Evan D'Angeles, Frances Jue, Daniel Jay Park, Scott Watanabe,
Will Power (Christian Borle, Something Rotten!)I Love The Way (Kate Reinders, John Cariani, Something Rotten!)
Bottom's Gonna Be On Top (Brian D'Arcy James, Christian Borle, Something Rotten!)
Professional Showbizness Comedy (Andrea Martin, Tom Mardirosian,
My Favorite Year)