Songs of Joy—Favorite Musical Theater Songs from The 5th’s Admin Staff


Though it’s usually near impossible to choose just one, we were able to cobble together a list of our administrative staff’s favorite musical theater songs for your listening pleasure! The list spans everything from Hello Dolly to Legally Blonde, and even a musical local to Seattle—Lizard Boy by Justin Huertas.

We hope you enjoy listening to some of our favorite musical theater songs via the Spotify playlist that’s embedded below. If you’re listening in the Spotify app, you can search for our profile—The 5th Avenue Theatre—and follow us to stay in the loop for when new playlists are added. Let these songs lift your spirits!

Keep scrolling to read who selected which song and why. There were surprisingly no repeats!

Kelly Radke, Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

“Me and the Sky” from Come From Away

“Reminds me we have and can kick ass.”

Erik Holden, Technical Director

“How Does Your Mouthfeel” from Gettin’ the Band Back Together

Nichole Mines, Senior Database Manager

“Music of My Soul” from Memphis

“Because music is soul healing.”

Kayleah Lewis, Guest Services Associate

“Origin of Love” from Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Original Cast Recording)

“It’s romantic yet edgy, and always comforts me during stressful times. (Fun fact I’ve listened to this album every time I’ve moved since 2014, and that includes going in and out of dorms all 4 years of university!)”

Alda Shepherd, Facilities Manager

“Who I’d Be” from Shrek

“Alice [my daughter] and I have been watching the filmed Broadway version of Shrek a lot recently, and it brought back memories (for me anyway! Alice wasn’t on the scene when it was here at the 5th) as it was my first show here. I loved it 11 years ago on our stage and I still get gooseflesh when I hear it. It’s inspiring but not smarmy as it doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

Michael Maniaci, Senior Philanthropy Officer

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel, 2018 Revival

“This piece and Renee’s performance are particularly poignant at this moment.”

Martha McKee, Assistant Group Sales Manager

“As We Stumble Along” from The Drowsy Chaperone  

“It’s a great song for when you need a little encouragement.”

Faith Howes, Education Engagement Assistant & Teaching Artist

“Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George (Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall 1992)

“This has got all the things I love about musicals, ensemble, harmonies, a slow but momentous build, Bernadette Peters! Plus the audience is completely with them so much so that just as the final notes hit at 3:54 someone yells a sound of pure joy and appreciation as the applause comes rolling it. It takes you to a place very far away from the uncertainly of Coronavirus and gives you a feeling of being a part of something bigger than yourself.”

Brandi Sweet, Payroll Manager

“I’m Free” from Footloose 

“This song is about standing up for what you believe in regardless of the world thinks or how scared you might be. You have to take control and make things happen, you can’t just wait for what you want to happen.”

Andy Rowland, Development Assistant

“The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” from Man of La Mancha

“How can you not love a song about trying to make the world better when the odds are stacked against you? It may seem impossible to save the day and to right every wrong, especially when it feels like nobody believes in you. But there’s that hope in the closing verse of this song that even if you never succeed, the world will be a little bit better because somebody tried.”

Meredith da Silva, Events Manager

“It All Fades Away” from The Bridges of Madison County

“This song encompasses everything about love – everything will fade away, but you.”

Shannin Strom Henry, Costume & Wardrobe Director

“It’s Quiet Uptown” from Hamilton

“I love that it reminds us as humanity that everyone has a struggle that they are fighting and that we need to be kind to each other.   I also love that it asks us to find some peace and solace in the quiet and in the love of our family. It seems apropos right now.”

Maryke VanBeuzekom, Assistant IT Director

“I’ll Cover You” from RENT

“Because above all things, I believe in love.”

Ben Leifer, Human Resources Manager

“Stepsister’s Lament” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

“The song provides a comical depiction of the stepsisters as they describe Cinderella’s beauty in disbelief, trying to convince themselves that they are not only just as good as she is, but better.  One of the reasons I love this song is due to The 5th Avenue Theatre’s version of this number when longtime Seattle favorite singer and actress Sarah Rudinoff played one of Cinderella’s Wicked Stepsisters, along with Nick Garrison, an amazingly funny and zany duo that breathed new life into this song with hilarious costumes.”

James Rocco, Assistant Producer

“Like it Was” from Merrily We Roll Along

“This song captures the ache and the longing of dreams and epitomizes Sondheim’s bittersweet observations of life.”

AnnaClaire Laush, Individual Giving Officer

“Losing My Mind,” from Follies, as done by the Holly Cole Trio for the “Color and Light: Jazz Sketches on Sondheim” compilation album.

 “I love this boss nova inspired take on that iconic piece. It captures the ebb and flow of wondering and waiting, and it feels so soft and smooth – like constant background noise.”

Justyne Snyder, Marketing Coordinator

“Falling Slowly” from Once

“All the music in this show is so beautiful, but this one has harmonies that just fit so perfectly and can take me away when I close my eyes and just listen.”

Bridget Morgan, Associate Director of Branding and Communications

“Seasons of Love” from RENT

“This song is so uplifting and inspirational, and a reminder of what is important.”

Rachel Liuzzi, Public Relations Manager

“Green Finch and Linnet Bird” from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

“The complexity and dynamism of the melody paired with the sweeping quality of the accompaniment is heartbreaking… I love how together they simultaneously express feeling trapped and a deep longing to escape and be free. The song also requires so much control when performing. I love it!”

Chris Marcacci, Director of Marketing

“…Baby One More Time” from & Juliet

“This is from a show I haven’t seen yet but am super excited to… The score is like a soundtrack to my teenage years.”

Kevin Calhoun, Graphic Designer

“Revenge Party” from Mean Girls

“I love this song because sometimes it’s fun to be catty and petty.”

Chad Biesman, Corporate and Group Sales Manager

“For Good” from Wicked

“I love this song, and it gets me every time I hear it. It’s about friendship, love, and those who touch our lives. What a great theme for a song!”

Valerie Kouldukis, Assistant Front of House Manager

“A Whole New World” from Aladdin

“This song makes magic become reality… Love, trust, and  a beautiful magic carpet ride… Who could resist?”

Tim Gonzalez-Wiler, Director of Sales and Guest Services

“And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls

“That voice, that power, that pain, that growl, that face, that ‘ha ha…’ It’s just everything.”

Kevin Peterson, Accounting Specialist

“I’m Alive” from Next to Normal

“This song has been stuck in my head since I saw the show a decade ago.”

Bill Berry, Producing Artistic Director

“Put on Your Sunday Clothes” from Hello Dolly

“This song makes me smile and feel good anytime I hear it.”

Dane Anderson, Music Coordinator

“It Won’t Be Long Now” from In the Heights

“As a musician, the orchestration and rhythm of this song always gets me dancing! And it always makes me want to visit New York.” 

Connie Corrick, School Programs Manager

“Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast

Because I did not think I could narrow it down, I asked my husband Hugh (he too, is working from home these days) what he thought my favorite musical theater song is, and he declared that it was “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast. As I got all choked up when he even mentioned it, he is probably right!  It would be, however, not the a Broadway version, but the 1991 movie version because, well, Angela Lansbury.   

Becky Kelley, Senior Graphic Designer

“She Loves Me” from She Loves Me

“Because I’m a hopeless romantic.”

Kayla Rabe, Guest Services Manager – Box Office

“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine” from Hair

“This song always gets me hyped and instantly puts me in good mood!”

Alanna Hamilton, Development Communications Specialist

“Dust and Ashes” from Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

“Every time I listen to this song it makes me want to live life to the fullest. Also the combination of Josh Groban’s voice, the orchestrations, and the background vocals are magical and give me chills.”

Cassie Hohn, Front of House Manager

“Light” from Next to Normal

“This is just a wonderful end to such harrowing story telling. One of my favorite lyrics of all time is in this song, too: ‘The Price of Love is Loss. But Still We Pay. We love ANYWAY.'”

Albert Evans, Artistic Associate

“My Time of Day” from Guys and Dolls

Impossible task! But I’ll choose Frank Loesser’s “My Time of Day” from Guys and Dolls, as sung by Robert Alda on the incomparable original cast recording. A gambler’s love song to the very late night in New York City, ‘a couple of deals before dawn’ when ‘the street lamp light fills the gutter with gold.’ Sublime.”

Jill Big Eagle, Major & Planned Giving Manager

“I’ve Decided to Marry You” from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

“Fun fact: I played this song on the way home from when Craig [my husband] and I got engaged!”

Laurel Nichols, Company Production Assistant

“Lizard Boy” from Lizard Boy

“This is a brilliant song of self-discovery and acceptance. Written and performed by Seattle’s own incredible artist, Justin Huertas. Also, it’s SO FUN to sing in your car once you know the words.”

Mary Dellasega, Patron Relations

“Vanilla Ice Cream” from She Loves Me

“This song takes me back to my college days (even though I didn’t play Amalia and was only a customer in the perfume store).”

Katie Manteca, Executive Assistant to Bill Berry and Bernie Griffin

“Wheels of a Dream” from Ragtime

“This song brings tears to my eyes!”

Lori White, Assistant Director, Corporate & Event Development

“People Will Say We’re in Love” from Oklahoma

“I’m particularly fond of the 2019 revival recording with Damon Daunno and Rebecca Naomi Jones. The addition of the country twang reminds me of home! Plus, I share the first name with the female lead character (though spelled very creatively as Laurey).”

Chelsea Judd, Development Associate

“All That Jazz” from Chicago

“It just makes me want to sing and dance!”

Orlando Morales, Director of Education

”Live Where You Can” from The Gospel at Colonus

“Because it’s Sophocles and gospel music. And you better sing, Jevetta Steele!!!!”

Bernie Griffin, Managing Director

“You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray

“The reason I picked it may be obvious for the times but I also clearly remember the audience response of joy every time this song was performed at The 5th.”

Anne Tobin, Helpdesk Associate

“Something About This Night” from Finding Neverland

“The best hype song that I play before I open any show.”

Matt Perri, Resident Music Director

“The Beauty Is” from The Light in the Piazza

“It soars and you can’t predict where it goes next.”

Sarah Burke, Education Intern

“So Much Better” from Legally Blonde

“It is so fun and puts me in such a great mood, feeling motivated every time I listen to it!”

Tristan Hansen, Creative Property Master

“This is Me” from The Greatest Showman

“This song is my current anthem!”

Compiled by Rachel Liuzzi, Public Relations Manager

5 comments on “Songs of Joy—Favorite Musical Theater Songs from The 5th’s Admin Staff”

  1. Thanks everyone! This brings joy, hope and some wonderful memories to move us forward together! And a little “badass” doesn’t hurt either! 🙂

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