THE STORIES OF OUR LIVES — The American Identity in Musical Theatre 2016 EDITION
3 hours. 45 songs. A special 4th of July playlist that examines that various shades of the American experience in one of the few genuinely American art forms. UPDATED July 3, 2016.
Everybody’s Got the Right - Assassins / Cool, Cool, Considerate Men - 1776 / The Old Red Hills of Home - Parade / To Build a Home - The Bridges of Madison County/ Lady’s Maid - Titanic/ America - West Side Story/ Carnaval Del Barrio - In the Heights/ My Shot - Hamilton/ Waitin’ For the Light to Shine - Big River/ Molasses to Rum - 1776 / The Eagle and Me - Bloomer Girl / The Flagmaker, 1775 - Songs for a New World / Momma Look Sharp - 1776 / Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) - Hamilton/ Life Story - Closer Than Ever/ Back to Before - Ragtime/ Oklahoma! - Oklahoma! / Goodbye/Boom Boom - Elegies/ The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In) - Hair / Unlikely Lovers - Falsettoland / Will I? - Rent/ Something Just Broke - Assassins / It’s In Your Hands Now - Road Show/ Wheels of a Dream - Ragtime/ The Saddest Song - Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson/ There is a Child - Giant / Paciencia y Fe - In the Heights/ Politics and Poker - Fiorello! / The House We Live In - Grey Gardens / Our Favorite Son - The Will Rogers Follies / A Normal, Healthy, American Boy - Bye Bye Birdie/ What You Own - Rent/ Second Nature - Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson/ Sarah - The Civil War/ How Glory Goes - Floyd Collins / Gaman - Allegiance/ Till We Reach That Day - Ragtime / Let It Sing - Violet/ Free At Last - Big River/ The Lynching Blues - Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk / Lot’s Wife - Caroline, or Change/ I Know Where I’ve Been - Hairspray / Everybody Rejoice! - The Wiz/ Ol’ Man River - Show Boat/ Make Them Hear You -Ragtime
In August 1990 Kash and I saw a mark on Freddie’s foot. It was Kaposi’s sarcoma. [α мαℓιgиαит тυмσυя σf тнє ¢σииє¢тινє тιѕѕυє σfтєи αѕѕσ¢ιαтє∂ ωιтн αι∂ѕ]. “Kash asked what it was, whether it was getting better. Freddie said: ‘You have to understand that what I have is terminal. I’m going to die.’ That was it. He didn’t say it was Aids. It didn’t register immediately. We were driving home and I put a cassette on, and of all the things it was FREDDIE singing WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER? That suddenly brought home the significance of what he had said.”