Back from near death. And ain't it fitting.
As I type this, the dregs of 2016 are still doing me in. Recouping from:
a.) a scratched cornea (did I really need to get up close and personal with an aloe vera plant?)
b.) a horrid cold/congestion/coughing up a lung
c.) post-holiday stupefaction caused by too many carbs (hey, don't just read GIN into this, okay?), too few workouts, and familial guilt in all forms.
And in that frame of mind, I'll admit to a rather bittersweet playlist perspective. More than its share of ballads and not a Jerry Herman parade (always with the glockenspiels, Jerry?) in the bunch. Well, ONE! We gotta have one.
But goodbye to that stinkeroo of a year. And hello to a brand new, not yet tainted/corroded/coughing up a lung year. Hence our theme. Goodbye (Little Me). Please Hello (Pacific Overtures). Hello! (The Book Of Mormon). Goodbye! (The Producers). Thank the gods of theatre for different punctuation. Otherwise, wouldn't they all !sound! the same?
And then, of course, there's Debbie to say goodbye to, which we will do. Also fitting is the playing of Irene, because Debbie brought Carrie along for that 1973 Broadway revival. There she is, in the chorus, singing in period dress with her mother, the star.
We'll end with Angela, tho. Despite an awful year, and only slight hope for a better one, we gotta Open a New Window. Thanks, Jerry. And thanks, Broadway.
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (Debbie Reynolds, Irene)
Hello (Bob Martin, The Drowsy Chaperone)
Hello! (Andrew Rannells, Josh Gadd, Ensemble, The Book Of Mormon)
Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love (Baayork Lee, Cameron Mason,
Ensemble, A Chorus Line)
Good Morning (Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Singin' In The
Singin' In The Rain (Debbie Reynolds, Singin' In The Rain)
Aba Daba Honeymoon (Debbie Reynolds, Carleton Carpenter, Two Weeks
I Ain't Down Yet (Debbie Reynolds, The Unsinkable Molly Brown)
Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye (Fred Astaire, You'll Never Get Rich)
We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye (Annette Hanshaw)
Goodnight My Someone (Barbara Cook, The Music Man)
Hello, My Lover, Goodbye (Doris Day)
Hello Bluebird (Judy Garland, I Could Go On Singing)
Hello, Young Lovers (Gertrude Lawrence, The King And I)
Hello, Waves (Bob Dishy, Liza Minelli, Flora The Red Menace)
An Irish Girl (Debbie Reynolds, Irene)
They Go Wild, Simply Wild, Over Me (George S. Irving, Irene)
You Made Me Love You (Monte Markham, Debbie Reynolds, Irene)
Hello, Hello There! (Ensemble, Bells Are Ringing)
Please Hello (Yuki Shimoda, Mako, Ernest Harada, Alvin Ing, James Dybas,
Mark Hsu Syers, Pacific Overtures)
Hello, Dolly! (Carol Channing, Hello, Dolly!)
A Beat Behind (Bernadette Peters, The Goodbye Girl)
What A Guy (Bernadette Peters, The Goodbye Girl)
Another Winter In A Summer Town (Christine Ebersole, Grey Gardens)
You Must Believe In Spring (Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Sibling
Later Than Spring (Elaine Stritch, Sail Away)
Before I Kiss The World Goodbye (Mary Martin, Jennie)
Don't Like Goodbyes (Pearl Bailey, House Of Flowers)
Goodbye (The Prince's Farewell) (Sid Caesar, Little Me)
Goodbye! (Ensemble, The Producers)
Open A New Window (Angela Lansbury & Company, Mame)