Playlist: Gay Broadway Morning

Hey little thespian lesbians, how’re you holding up? Maybe it seems a little dark in your world right now, you know with America being governed by a literal Cheeto, Brexit, the fact that the sun still isn’t fully risen at 7:30 in the morning, or like maybe you just saw something really sad recently and it’s fucking with your mojo. Here are my tips for surviving: drink lots of water (you’re so dehydrated, go drink some now!), breathe, love up on your friends and let them love you, and do something every morning to start your day off as gay as possible.

Here’s where I come in. Gay Broadway Morning is my playlist of choice on weekdays. It’s full of witty, wordy songs from musical theatre that make you want to dance with your cereal and serenade your cats as you make your bed. Brush your teeth to “Going Down” from Hair and you’ll always get in a full two minutes! Sing “Miracle of Miracles” to your coffee maker as you pour your first cup (also side note, maybe sing this song to someone after you propose and they say yes). “Gimme Gimme” reminds you to be strong and assertive about what you want when you’re out there making big time business deals. Every song on this playlist is a little push forward for you, reminding you that you are perfect just as you are. Now go out there and live loud just like a musical theatre enthusiast should!

The Lion King, I Just Can’t Wait to be King
Evita, Rainbow High
Annie, You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile
Fun Home, Come to the Fun Home
Chicago, All That Jazz
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, I Speak Six Languages
Fiddler on the Roof, Miracle of Miracles
Hamilton: An American Musical, My Shot
Into the Woods, On the Steps of the Palace
Company, You Could Drive a Person Crazy
Little Night Music, The Glamourous Life
Hair, White Boys
Shrek: The Musical, Freak Flag
Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gimmie Gimmie
The Wild Party (Lippa), An Old-Fashioned Love Story
Songs for a New World, King of the World
Hair, Going Down
West Side Story, America
Hair, Sodomy

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Ari is a 20-something artist and educator. They are a mom to two cats, they love domesticity, ritual, and porch time. They have studied, loved, and learned in CT, Greensboro, NC, and ATX.

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  1. Well, I’m definitely going to use the hell out of this playlist, thank you for this!

    Some additions that I’ve found particularly useful:

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Tear Me Down (especially relevant nowadays)
    Hairspray – Good Morning Baltimore (an obvious one, but for a reason!)
    Legally Blonde – What You Want, Positive, Chip On My Shoulder, So Much Better, Whipped Into Shape (seriously, if you want to think more positively, this is the best musical ever)
    John & Jen – Think Big

  2. “On the Steps of the Palace” is now stuck in my head (hooray! because I love it!). Into the Woods has felt useful during so many tricky times in my life. I love that soundtrack. And it brings me back to seeing Vanessa Williams on Broadway as the witch! It was incredible. I’m still amazed that they were able to make her look ugly.

    Also, I love all of Songs for a New World. When I get on a kick I can listen to it for weeks in a row. So glad you included it. Although whenever I hear “Stars and the Moon” on the soundtrack I can only think of the time I saw Audra McDonald perform that song in concert. She’s so talented. Thanks for this, Alaina!

  3. It’s not really a legitimate gay Broadway playlist without any song from Rent, but I still appreciate the selection

  4. This speaks to my theatre nerd heart (and parallels many a playlist I have, though mine tend to skew towards things I can belt my face off to in the car).

    Love how eclectic it is…and that “Freak Flag” is included because it may just be the best song in Shrek.

  5. Alaina, if I am ever able to go to A-camp, I hope I can meet you because I love all your posts! This playlist makes me so happy!

  6. I can’t believe I already know half of these songs; it’s like, story of my life, I’ve been looking into a lake but it turns out to be a puddle. Ughhhh!

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