My experiences writing, directing and producing Christian musicals for kids through adults.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Broadway Sing-Along!

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.


  1. If we did one(pleasepleasepleeeeease) then I would want songs from; Wicked, Seussical, Once on this Island, Fiddler on the Roof, J&tATDC, HONK!, Singing in the Rain, and maybe Guys and Dolls(got the horse right here...)
    That would be soooooo much fun!

  2. Singin' In the Rain would be fun. And Wicked, of course. Adalaide's Lament from Guys and Dolls would be a blast!

  3. "Dancing Through Life" from Wicked
    "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" from Kiss Me Kate
    "A Book Report on Peter Rabbit" from You're A Good Man Charlie Brown
    "Put That Thing Back Where It Came From" by Wazowski and Sullivan

    That's all I can think of at the moment.

  4. Adelaide's Lament is a great song - but probably better as a single person performance than as an audience participation number. The chorale at the fundraiser did perform a couple of numbers just as performance and not with audience participation, so it's still possible to have this number in. Another great chorale piece to do would be Fugue for Tin Horns. Or perhaps, we could split the audience into three parts to sing that, with three leads to follow.

  5. How about something from "Little Mary Sunshine"? There are a lot of peppy chorus type songs, One of which Maggie and Shannon and I sang in the elevator in my building...

  6. There's No Business- Annie Get your Gun
    Another Openin' -
    Comedy Tonight - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. (don't watch the movie version)

    Those are good opening songs

  7. OOTI!! (This is Amy : )

    "The SAD SAD tale,

    Of the Beauxhommes!"