Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Welcome to Broadway, guys...

I listened to this song from [title of show] roughly fifty-eight times today.

And it made me cry every time.

I'm not sure why...I'm tired, PMSing, and I already cry at Oatmeal commercials to begin with...

I am yet to see the show on Broadway, but I have enjoyed the [title of show] show on YouTube (especially when Mindy the Puppet pops-up and smacks a certain Broadway actor and goes, "Get outa heeeeeeeeere, Cheyenne Jackson!")and listened to the cast recording over and over.

I think this song speaks to every theatre dork who can remember being a little kid and first falling in love with everything theatre represents...and knowing that, one day, if you were really really could be a part of it all.

Dancing in the backyard
Kool-aid moustache and butterfly wings
Hearing Andrea McArdle sing
From the hi-fi in the den
I've been waiting my whole life
To find a way back to then

I aimed for the sky
A nine-year-old can see so far
I'll conquer the world and be a star
I'll do it all by the time I'm ten
I would know that confidence
If I knew a way back to then

So I bailed on my hometown
And became a college theatre dork
I was eastbound and down
Moving to New York
So I crammed my life in a U-Haul
To find my part of it all

But the mundane sets in
We play by the rules
And plough through the days
The years take us miles away
From the time we wondered when
We'd find a way back to then

And when you least expect
Opportunity walks through the door
You suddenly connect
With the thing that you forgot
That you were looking for

And there you are
Right in the middle of what you love
With the craziest of company
You're having a kick-ass time
And being who you wanted to be in this world

You're that little girl
With her wings unfurled
Flying again
Back in your backyard dancing
I found a way back to then.