Bill Berry’s Favorite Musical Theater Songs

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We asked Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry to share his favorite musical theater songs with us—and now they are compiled in a Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure! Click here to listen, search for The 5th Avenue Theatre in Spotify to pull up our profile (where you’ll find even more musical theater playlists), or listen directly in this blog post via the embedded playlist below.

Also below, Bill shares a little bit about why some of these songs are among his favorites. Happy listening!

“Maria” from West Side Story

“This song is just pure musical theater joy. The music is raw emotion and every single measure moves it to a bigger and bigger expression of first and all-consuming love.”

“Sailing” from A New Brain

“What More Can I Say” from  Fallsettos

I first heard this song when I was in college, and it has stuck with me as an expression of the bittersweet mixed bag of love and emotion and how loving someone will change and alter our being in ways we can’t even expect

“They Say It’s Wonderful” from Annie Get Your Gun

“I’ll Cover You” from RENT

“The love and joy these two characters feel is perfectly expressed in this song—love at the start and its purity of purpose.”

“Save The People” from Godspell

“I have always loved this entire show. I first saw it when I was in high school and it has stuck with me as a show that is so much more than the sum of its parts. Each song is amazingly crafted and fulfilling/satisfying to listen to. I belt this song in my car when I need a lift (high notes are troubling as they are out of my range).”

“Till There Was You” from The Music Man

“Again, that acknowledgement of first love and accepting what love is and can do, and how it can surprise you as it appears.”

“Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” from Roar of the Greasepoint

“A Weekend in the Country” from A Little Night Music  

“I love the craft of this song. It moves the plot along in the show and is totally satisfying as a tune that builds on itself and becomes more and more powerful, until all the characters arrive at the house together for what will be an explosive and life changing weekend in the country.”

“I Am What I Am” from La Cage Aux Follies

“Love Changes Everything” from Aspects of Love

“Another song about first love and the life changing alteration that love creates in its wake. The tune is fantastic—simple, but satisfying and fulfilling.”

“Put On Your Sunday Clothes” from Hello, Dolly!

“It is just pure joy!”

“Giants In the Sky” from Into The Woods

“A perfect little song that satisfies every time I hear it. It paints a picture so perfectly of what Jack has just seen.”

“As Long As He Needs Me” from Oliver

“Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl  

Words by Bill Berry; compiled by Rachel Liuzzi, Public Relations Manager.

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