If you have listened to the score of WOTV at all, you know it is full of the aforementioned wit and poignancy. It was one time when I was enjoying the ever so catchy "On the Verge" that I got my Broadway Vocabulary Quiz blog idea (the word was "ululating") and the idea for this blog came to mind as I laughed out loud at a certain line in the song that struck me as funny, true, and as a clever turn of phrase. (See below) And I asked all of you to send me your favorite lines from Broadway musical numbers.
Please note that there were several repeats, so I might not attribute the line to you. Understand that appreciate all of your contributions! And so, here are some of my favorites along with some of yours.
- "It's murder on a hairdo when your head is underwater." - "On the Verge" from Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
- "You've got pain in your stomach like a long-neglected tooth, dilated pupils that refuse to see the truth..." - "Lovesick" from Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
- "The price of love is loss, but still we pay. We love anyway." - "Light" from next to normal
- "Because happy is what happens when all your dreams come true." - "Thank Goodness" from Wicked (GalindaU89 from NYC)
- "Christmas bells, ringing out goodwill to men, and peace on Earth; Ev'rything they taught you when you were a child - the things a child once taught the world." - "Christmas Day" from Promises, Promises (Sherilyn F. from Newark, NJ)
- "Life is what you do 'til the moment you die." - "Life Is" from Zorba (Barb P. from Manhattan)
- "I'd walk through the quad, and think, 'Oh My God! These kids are so much younger than me!'" - "I Wish I Could Go Back to College" from Avenue Q (Tim Z from Geneva, NY)
I could probably do a whole blog just from the entries sent in from AChorusLineFREEK from Long island, NY! Thanks! (He or she didn't leave a name, but DID leave words of wisdom and clever wording from almost every song in that show's score!
- "Who am I anyway? Am I my resume? That is a picture of a person I don't know." - "I Hope I Get It"
- "All thanks to Sis (Now married and fat)" - "I Can Do That!"
- "'Diff'rent' is nice, but it sure isn't pretty. 'Pretty' is what it's about. I never met anyone who was 'diff'rent'. Who couldn't figure that out?" - "At the Ballet"
- "Too young to take over, too old to ignore." - "Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen"
- "Six months later I heard that Karp had died. And I dug right down to the bottom of my soul... and cried. 'Cause I felt... nothing." - "Nothing"
- "Tits and ass won't get you jobs, unless they're yours. Didn't cost a fortune, neither. Didn't hurt my sex life, either." - "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three"
- "Give me a job and you instantly get me involved. If you give me a job, then the rest of the crap will get solved." - "The Music and the Mirror"
- "Kiss today goodbye, and point me t'ward tomorrow. We did what we had to do. Won't forget, can't regret what I did for love." - "What I Did For Love"
- "One smile and suddenly nobody else will do." - "One"
Next week, I'll do another blog entirely made up of quotes from the musicals of Stephen Sondheim - thanks to contributions from Tyler, Catherine and SteFANSondheim13!
And keep sending in your favorite lyrics and vocabulary words for future blogs! Lloyd Webber fans - send me your quotes, too! I'll do a whole blog on those if I get enough!
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