Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Playlist for Sunday, May 14, 2017: An Existential Problem In Tights

It's Act II of Elaine Stritch. We left her hanging around 1968 last Sunday, and she'll get pissy (and stale) if we don't bring her out of the wings for Epi 2. So we'll get to hear about her tales of Rock Hudson, Hal Prince and Company, way too many vodkas, and the love of her life, John Bay. Plus a gaggle (a smack, a clowder, a murder?) of her songs, both poignant and pithy. She can pull both of those off.

Plus Mothers (well, it's OUR day, right?). Broadway makes Big Harvey Fierstein Big, Carol Channing Big, Matron Mama Morton Big. Plus we'll "visit" Gander, Labrador (I needed to get out my atlas for that one, and Trip Advisor wasn't much help), where a bazillion planes were stuck when they froze the U.S. airspace on 9/11. Frankly, living in NYC, I never gave a thought to anything past Manhattan on that day, or the days that followed it, but evidently while we were breathing in smoke and walking around like zombies, Gander was swamped with caring for 7,000 "plane people", jammed into that tiny little town. Drama, relationships, moose...all the stuff of musicals. It's called Come From Away, up for a Best Musical Tony, come June.

So we'll raise a "glass" to Gander, Mothers Everywhere, and The Stritch.  Alright, three glasses. 3 vodkas. Maybe 4.  Join me?

 I'm Still Here (Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch At Liberty)
Give The Little Lady (Elaine Stritch, Goldilocks)
You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me (Elaine Stritch, Stritch)
The Little Things You Do Together (Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch At Liberty)
The Ladies Who Lunch (Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch At Liberty)
Tomorrow's Mother's Day (Leigh Ann Larkin, Laura Benanti, Gypsy)
Motherhood (Carol Channing, Eileen Brennan, Sondra Lee, Hello, Dolly!)
You Remind Me Of My Mother (James Cagney, Yankee Doodle Dandy)
When You're Good To Mama (Queen Latifah, Chicago)
So Long, Mom (Tom Lehrer, That Was The Year That Was)
If (Elaine Stritch, Stritch)
I Don't Want To Walk Without You (Elaine Stritch, Stritch)
There Never Was A Baby Like My Baby (Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch At 
I Went To A Marvelous Party (Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch At Liberty)
Welcome To The Rock (Company, Come From Away)
Stop The World (Lee MacDougall, Sharon Wheatley, Come From Away)
The Beast In You (Elaine Stritch, Goldilocks)
The Party's Over (Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch At Liberty)
Mama, A Rainbow (Daniel Fortus, Shelley Winters, Ensemble,
       Minnie's Boys)
Momma Look Sharp (Scott Jarvis, B.J. Slater, William Duell, 1776)
Confession To A Park Avenue Mother (Charles Nelson Reilly, Parade)
Mama, I'm A Big Girl Now (Marissa Jaret Winokur, Harvey Fierstein,
       Ensemble, Hairspray)
That's The Beginning Of The End (Elaine Stritch, Stritch)
Something Good (Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch At Liberty)

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