WEEK 41 / 3 APRIL – 9 APRIL 2015

281 FRIDAY 3 APRIL 2015

The Saga of Jenny Maria Friedman

Lady in the Dark 1

How often do we need to make up our minds until we finally get it right? Actually, will we ever get it right? We’re a product – or a victim, depending on how you see it – of the decisions we have made in our life. No master plan or supreme being is deciding how our lives will unfold, and if there’s one, you often feel he must be using contractors to run your life; or he’s just a cunt.

No, we and only we are responsible for how our lives take shape.

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WEEK 25 – 12 TO 18 DECEMBER 2014


Finaletto Act II (Through The Years) – Bren Barrett, Heidi Grant Murphy Top 10 Contender

Through The Years

From the 1932 musical of the same title, Through The Years has been a favourite of mine since I first heard it.

After being fatally shot at her wedding by a bullet aimed at the groom, a dying bride, Moonyeen, promises her groom, John, she’ll somehow come back and be with him always. As she dies, John puts the ring on her finger and promises eternal love through the years.

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WEEK 21 – 14 TO 20 NOVEMBER 2014


The Lady Is A Tramp Frank Sinatra

The Reprise Collection (Disc 1)

Women are better than men at many things, that became clear to me early on in my life.

My mother was much better at managing our household than my father ever was. My elementary school teachers were all women, and they were great; a young man taught me in the 5th grade, and he was very *meh*. Women’s dominance became more evident when I started university. You see I had chosen a field of studies that had traditionally been dominated by women. At the time, Psychology was a career choice mostly for girls, that may still be the case. Right from the start, I knew that most of those young women were going to be much better in the field than I would ever be. It wasn’t a threat, it was a fact and I was okay with it.

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Week 21

These are the songs I picked between 14 and 20 November 2014. I’ll talk about them next time.

The Lady Is A Tramp Frank Sinatra … Right from the start I knew that most of those of young women were going to be much better than I would ever be. It wasn’t a threat, it was a fact and I couldn’t care less.

I Want To Be Happy Ella Fitzgerald

I Will Never Leave You – Emily Skinner, Alice Ripley … Although the original staging may have flopped, it certainly made stars out of Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley, who both received a shared Tony nomination for their role in the show. 

A Wonderful Day Like Today Cyril Richard, Anthony Newley

Shall We Dance? *Ben Kingsley, Julie Andrews … Am I the only one who thinks Shall We Dance is a love-letter to one-night stands? 

Go Back HomeBrandon Victor Dixon, Cody Ryan Wise

It’s Not Where You Start – Tommy Tune

* Top 10 Contender

WEEK 07 – 8 AUGUST to 14 AUGUST 2014


I Can’t Be Bothered Now – Kirby Ward – Top 10 Contender

043 Crazy for You (Original London Cast Recording)

I Can’t Be Bothered Now is another song, which I have no idea why I didn’t discover sooner. It was only in 2009 or 2010 that I came across it by accident. I was re-watching one of the Broadway Lost Treasures DVDs, and there it was, an abbreviated staging of the song at the 1992 Tony’s broadcast. It was the first time I paid attention to it. It is such a happy little tune; it accompanied me during some tough times between 2010 and 2012.

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WEEK 03 – 11 JULY TO 17 JULY 2014

15 FRIDAY 11 JULY 2014

Cuban Pete – Desi Arnaz

015 The Best Of Desi Arnaz The Mambo King

I know you must be wondering why this one moved to the list so soon after only being on the runners up list for a few days. Well, it’s not the same version. Desi Arnaz recorded this one in 1946. The one on the runners-up list is the version Desi recorded with Lucille Ball for their 1950s mega-hit “I Love Lucy.”

Introduced by Desi himself in 1946 in the movie of the same name, Cuban Pete, along with Babalu, is closely associated with of Desi Arnaz’s act.

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