Songs:

ACT ONE

Time to Make Time (CAST)

THEATER KID (LINCOLN)

The first solo in the show, sung by Lincoln. Here is our theater kid, Leland Parker McGuire debuting it.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS (CHARLEY)

After Theater Kid, Lincoln wants to know Charley’s back story. Charley responds to “Why are you here?” with this song while playing the piano. I envision Lincoln, who has not danced yet in the show, to demonstrate that talent here, in an extended soft shoe break in the middle, with Charley joining in. Here is Philip Trossarello honoring us with his version.

WASHINGTON POST MARCH/GOD BLESS SOUSA, HE’S SO USA (THE DRAGOONS)

MAGIC IN MY LIFE (ROBERTA, LINCOLN)

 THE HOPE CAROL (MARGERY)

This is a very personal song for me composed by my late wife Jan. We picked up a book one time of poetry from Christina Rossetti, a Victorian Poet, and Brother to Dante Gabriel Rossetti. , the Pre-Raphaelite painter. Jan felt a deep affinity for her and could see her sitting at a desk next to an open window onto a garden, the sound of distant children’s laughter and birdsong, writing these words. This inspired Jan to write the melody. I think the most beautiful she ever composed. Her dream was to hear one of the English cathedral choirs sing it. Some day I hope one chooses to. Shortly after recording this, she had several strokes, each taking away a little more, until she could no longer sing or play. I wanted to honor her by having this be the song Margery sings for her debut night and I’m pleased to present it now with Ashley Knaack as the first other than its author to ever record it.

IN THE DARK (OLIVER, MARGERY)

THE OBLIGATORY BIG TIME DANCE (CAST)

IN THE DARK REPRISE (ALEX)

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ACT TWO

BROKEN (LINCOLN, ALEX, GEORGE)

THEATER KID REPRISE (LINCOLN)

WE”RE ALL OKAY. OK? (HELOISE AND THE CHOUS)

Traveling tent shows often featured sing-alongs, and since so many people have compared this show to Pippin…well, why not. Heloise performs it, played here by Julie Lyn Barber, and the chorus, Men and Women, dressed in powdered wigs and lots of lace.

SILLY ME (ROBERTA)

IF EVER THE TWAIN YOU MEET (GEORGE)

In Act Two, George does his act as Mark Twain, and halfway through Lincoln and Alex came through as Tom and Huck, off to go fishing. Twain stops them and after a bit of banter, and a bad joke by Huck, sings this song, complete with a sand dance (popular in vaudeville) to the accompaniment of a banjo band, another early century staple.

THE INSIDE ME (ALEX)

A JOYFUL HEART (MARGERY, LINCOLN, ALEX)

I wanted to include this song written by my late wife Jan, as the song Lincoln secretly writes for his mother to sing near the end of act two. This is an early version. She wrote most of the lyrics and I finished the last two verses and changed some minor things. The melody is mostly me, based on vague recollections of hers.

IN THE DARK REPRISE (OLIVER AND LINCOLN)

BROKEN REPRISE (HELOISE)

THESE ARE THE DAYS (CAST)