Sunday afternoon, Randy, Maggie and I went to a Broadway Sing-Along fundraiser put on by the Everett Chorale. The concept is simple: have a piano player to play the songs, a big screen for people to read the lyrics, and a supporting choir to help get people on tune and to perform, plus the conductor. For added fun, the conductor interspersed the songs with trivia questions. Maggie answered Ethel Merman to the question, Who originated the role of Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun? Randy and I got many correct as well.
The Sing-along was lots of fun. There was a substantial crowd and we sang songs from South Pacific, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss me, Kate . . . People sang pretty much in unison, although the conductor did suggest that one song be sung by just the women. I would have preferred to have sung "L'Chaim" from Fiddler, which is sung by Tevye and Lazar Wolf and others, in parts, rather than in unison, but it's still fun to sing those songs - and not just in one's own home.
One thing we noticed in looking over the shows represented, was that none of them opened after 1965!! So, if we were to hold our own Broadway Sing-Along fundraiser, what songs or shows would you like to have included? Please add your suggestions in the comments below.