Emma Clarendon selects some of her favourite musical theatre songs which are helping her through the lockdown period….
Learn to do it, Anastasia the Musical: while we have all been spending a lot more time at home, learning a new skill is perhaps our best way of coping with the situation. Every time I have been setting myself a new task, this song has been constantly popping into my head. I love this song as it is a chirpy, joyful and positive song filled with confidence – which is something we all need right now.
Tomorrow, Annie: there would be something wrong if I didn’t include this eternally optimistic song sung by one of musical theatre’s upbeat and positive characters. Filled with hope, it is a song that really urges me to keep going even when times are tough.
Be Back Soon, Oliver!: I love so many of the songs in this musical, but this is one of my favourites. It is uplifting in spirit and always manages to put a smile on my face when I hear it.
You Can’t Stop the Beat, Hairspray: if there is one musical theatre song that is guaranteed to ensure that I get up and dance as well as sing it this one. Such a cool and playful song that really captures the essence of the musical as a whole it is immensely enjoyable.
The Room Where it Happens, Hamilton: given the recent news that the filmed version of Hamilton will be heading to Disney + this July it means a lot more people will literally in ‘The Room Where it Happens’ and experience this hit musical for themselves. This song just really sums up the style of the musical and is really catchy to listen to.
You’ve Got a Friend, Beautiful the Carole King Musical: we are all probably having a few low moments and really wishing we could spend more time with our friends at the moment. What I love about this song is that it is a reminder that no matter how far away we are from each other – we can still communicate and check in on each other.
We Go Together, Grease: a real celebration of friendship and joy, I just love listening to this song as it always leaves me feeling better about life in general when I hear it. It is still one of my favourite closing numbers in a musical.
My Favourite Things, The Sound of Music: I think we have all sung this song at least once when we have been feeling a bit low – and it has certainly been popping into my head on a fairly regular basis at the moment. It is a reminder that its ok to feel scared and worried but it will soon pass – a really comforting song.
Positive, Legally Blonde: this is such an optimistic and joyful musical anyway about overcoming difficulties and nowhere is it better showcased but in this song. Filled with its warmth and humour it really highlights the power of positivity.
Well Did You Evah? High Society: as a duet it is cheeky and playful and its lyrics never fail to put a smile on my face. But of course this particular rendition featuring two of the most instantly recognisable voices working in perfect harmony is just exquisite.