Having brought up with an appreciation of the arts & culture, to this day, I still find spending the day at the museum and visits to the symphony halls and theaters as quite the special treat.
Growing up in New York City, Broadway performances, in particular, have reserved a special nook in my heart.
There’s just something about Broadway tunes that feel oh so triumphant and leave you feeling incredibly inspired.
This post is a tribute to Broadway – I’ve compiled a collection of some of my absolute favorite songs from some of my all-time favorite plays.
May they bring you joy, inspiration, and the tenacity to keep moving towards becoming the best version of you and living your very best life. Enjoy!
Seasons of Love – the cast of “RENT“
“Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets. In midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.
In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, a year in the life? How about love? Measure in love…“
Circle of Life – The cast of “The Lion King“
“There is far to much to take in here. More to find than can ever be found. But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky…keeps great and small on the endless round. In the circle of life and it moves us all…
Through despair and hope, through faith and love. ‘Til we find our place on the path unwinding. In the circle…The circle of life…“
Defying Gravity – The cast of “Wicked” (Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth)
“Something has changed within me, something is not the same. I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game…
Too late for second-guessing. Too late to go back to sleep. It’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap! It’s time to try defying gravity. I think I’ll try defying gravity. And you can’t pull me down!“
Falling Slowly – The cast of “Once” (Steve Kazee & Cristin Milioti)
“Well, you have suffered enough and warred with yourself. It’s time that you won…
Take this sinking boat and point it home. We’ve still got time. Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice. You’ve made it now…“
Memory – The cast of “CATS” (Elaine Paige)
“Memory …Turn your face to the moonlight. Let your memory lead you… Open up enter in.
If you find there, the meaning of what happiness is…Then a new life will begin.
Memory… All alone in the moonlight, I can smile at the old days… I was beautiful then. I remember… The time I knew what happiness was. Let the memory. Live again…”
You Can’t Stop The Beat – The cast of “Hairspray“
“You can’t stop my happiness, cause I like the way I am. And you just can’t stop my knife and fork when I see a Christmas Ham!
And if you don’t like the way I look, well, I just don’t give a damn! Cause the world keeps spinnin’ round and round. And my hearts keepin time to the speed of sound. I was lost ’til I heard the drums, then I found my way.“
My Shot/Aaron Burr, Sir – The Cast of Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr.)
“I’m past patiently waitin’. I’m passionately mashin’ every expectation.
Every action’s an act of creation, I’m laughin’ in the face of casualties and sorrow. For the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow.
And I am not throwin’ away my shot I am not throwin’ away my shot”.
Tomorrow – The cast of “Annie” (Lilla Crawford)
“The sun’ll come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun. Just thinkin’ about tomorrow…Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow till’ there’s none.
When I’m stuck in the day that’s grey and lonely, I just stick up my chin and grin and say oh…The sun’ll come out tomorrow. So you got to hang on till’ tomorrow, come what may! Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow! You’re always a day away..“