Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, came to Notre Dame Thursday evening to lecture on mercy in the teaching and ministry of Pope Francis and how the Pope’s Argentinian origins inform his leadership in the Vatican.“The three themes or attitudes that surround his teaching on mercy and flesh it out are dialogue as encounter, poverty and ‘Deus Semper Maior,’ [which translates as] ‘God is always greater,’” George said.George focused on these three themes, and said the Pope’s emphasis on mercy grew out of his own personal experience.“The topic is not very difficult to research because … every talk he gives comes back to mercy as the root of his own experience and has shaped his pastoral approach, and to some extent, his theoretical teaching,” he said.“The emphasis on this virtue is rooted in the personal experience of young Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires. At the age of 17 on his way to meet with friends, he decided to stop in a church. Upon entering, he met a priest whose spirituality moved the young man to confession. That moment was a critical experience in his young life.”George said dialogue, which he called “the methodology of the Second Vatican Council,” is an essential aspect of Pope Francis’s vision of mercy, though Catholics often struggle to initiate and execute effective dialogue.“Referring to the modern historical events in Argentina, Bergoglio states that we must create a ‘culture of encounter,’” he said. “So often, however, we bring obstacles that do not permit a fruitful dialogue, obstacles such as domination, not knowing how to listen, noise in our speech, preconceived judgments and so many others.”George said the Pope’s efforts to live a life of poverty also heavily influence his vision of mercy in the Church.“His choice of the name Francis reveals the Pope’s sense of closeness with St. Francis of Assisi and their shared dedication to the poor,” he said. “He’s no stranger to poverty and the needs of the poor. He walked the slums in the neighborhoods in which he lived, he met with victims of human trafficking and encouraged his Jesuit students to understand that the center is the periphery.”Pope Francis’s own actions provide an example for Catholics to live a life of poverty and serve the poor, George said.“His zeal for serving the poor is reflected in his own simple lifestyle, and the first few days of his papacy were filled with a number of papal firsts,” he said. “He paid his own bill at the hotel, took the bus with fellow Cardinals and called the newspaperman in Argentina to cancel his subscription. Through his actions, the Pope is offering us a true example of love for the poor.”George said the Pope also encourages Catholics to blend the dialogue and poverty and make an effort to know the poor.“There is an inseparable bond between our faith and the poor,” he said. “For those of us accustomed to assisting the poor through financial means, the Pope encourages us to know the individuals we help on a more personal level. He also invites us to simplify our lifestyles.”“[Pope Francis] says the culture of prosperity deadens us, and trickle-down theories of economic growth have not proven reliable. A life of poverty will help to identify what is truly important in life.”George said Pope Francis aims to put mercy at the center of the Church and craft a message of salvation for sinners through the joy of the gospel.“The Pope’s conviction from his experience and in his teaching is that God’s mercy must be the reality which fundamentally shapes Catholic life, and particularly evangelization, offering the Gospel with joy to the entire world,” he said. “The joy of a sinner experiencing God’s mercy and having been forgiven by someone who is always greater and capable of love … is a very beautiful thing to realize.”Tags: Cardinal George, Catholicism, Church teaching, mercy, Pope Francis
Shades of Ebony held its second annual Celebration of Women Dinner, the culminating event of Women’s Week, on Thursday night in McKenna Hall. The event focused on the Women’s History Month theme “Character, Courage and Commitment” and featured three speakers and small-group discussions.The first speaker, freshman Grace Watkins, discussed her experience of sexual assault and subsequent activism, including her participation in the TEDx conference in January.“In my interactions with my peers following the [TED] conference, I received a wide range of reactions,” Watkins said. “Many of them were positive.“Unfortunately, however, some comments were wildly misinformed and insensitive, and it was in those reactions that I needed to remind myself of people’s humanity and my own humanity.”The second speaker was Frances Shavers, University President Fr. John Jenkins’s former chief of staff who resigned after debilitating pain seizures caused by trigeminal neuralgia prevented her from working. Shavers spoke about her disease, various attempts at treatment, consideration of suicide and courage in the face of pain and adversity.Emily McConville “Something will happen in your life, where you will be tested to be courageous,” Shavers said. “Where moving forward collides with running away, where our faith will meet our uncertainty, where our hope will meet our despondency, where our self-confidence will meet our self-despair.“On that bridge we have to respond. You have to respond. You must choose courage … to override our own internal doubts – perhaps the most damning – our own voice that says, I can’t.”The third speaker was Katie Washington, the first black valedictorian of Notre Dame who did medical research and service until her graduation in 2010 before entering a combined MD/PhD program at Johns Hopkins University. Washington referenced her own academic, professional and personal experiences in her talk.“Here’s my perspective: whatever you should commit to requires conscious reflection and self-examination,” Washington said. “Our commitment should come from a place of self-love.“It should also provide a love for others, especially those who appear unlovable by some criteria or certain standards. Ultimately the commitments that you choose are yours and yours alone.”The dinner was organized by Shades of Ebony and the Gender Relations Center and funded by a variety of clubs, residence halls, alumni clubs and individual alumnae.Sophomore Chizo Ekechukwu, diversity council representative and historian for Shades of Ebony, said the speakers exceeded her expectations.“Frances – I was in tears, and Katie is my inspiration because I want to be a doctor, so her being the first black valedictorian and her doing an MD/PhD program is something I aspire to do,” Ekechukwu said. “Grace, telling her story was so brave and courageous. The theme of character, courage and commitment was embodied throughout this whole dinner.”Christine Caron Gebhardt, director of the Gender Relations Center, said the event organizers were pleased with the outcome.“I think the speakers were wonderful in capturing what we were hoping for tonight, with the different ways in which women and men both past and present help shape the future,” Gebhardt said. “We had a very engaging discussion at our table, and other folks were really engaged.“Each year we’re hoping to build, and I think it’s becoming stronger. And it’s encouraging that our campus is really uplifting women.” Tags: Shades of Ebony, Women’s Week
The Native American Student Association of Notre Dame (NASAND) hosted a town hall Tuesday to discuss the representation of Native Americans in Luigi Gregori’s murals depicting the life of Christopher Columbus located in the Main Building. NASAND vice president, senior Armani Vaniko Porter, and professor of art history Michael Schreffler reflected on the significance of the murals and answered questions from audience members.Schreffler said art historians would not expect 19th-century paintings to be historically accurate representations of the subjects they portray.“It would be like sort of expecting a Hollywood film to be accurate,” Schreffler said of the murals. “What’s interesting about them certainly is the relationship between the story that is being told but at the same time, the attitudes of the people who hired the painter and the attitudes of the painter.”The murals draw a parallel between the life of Columbus and the founding of the University, Schreffler said, and some of the paintings include figures from the University.“In some ways it parallels the story of the University of Notre Dame as it’s conveyed, for instance, on the University website, which is also sort of an against-all-odds story — financial struggles in this undertaking, hard winters,” Schreffler said. “There were other barriers as well — the fire of 1879 [in] the administration building. So that’s how I see it. The purpose, I would say, is to construct an identity or participate in constructing an identity for the University.”Porter said, however, that the murals send a symbolic message of oppression. The paintings’ portrayals of Native Americans is an example of this message.“I actually took my first visit to Notre Dame after being accepted,” he said. “I remember just walking down the halls and not really having a lot of words at first. One of the first things that came out to me when I first saw it was just how strong the power differential is in every single one of these paintings. The fact that that is so heavily emphasized is the thing that stood out the most to me.”For Porter, the murals reflect a tendency to ignore differences in students’ cultural backgrounds.“In our fervor to make the Notre Dame community, we inadvertently homogenize and we strip away that which makes us unique or that which makes us culturally unique,” Porter said. “And that is something that is inherently oppressive to those who are of minority populations.”During the question and answer session, Julie Dye, a member of the Pokagon band of Potawatomi Indians in Indiana who attended the town hall, said the murals portray a stereotype of Native Americans that is often promulgated in schools.“We have a problem in this country with education from kindergarten on up … and we need to correct that,” Dye said. “This would be a good start. And by removing these murals, I’m not asking to destroy them, but remove them and put them somewhere else. Because if you just put a plaque up, you’re missing out because the visual impact of art is a big part.”Carla Getz, who is also a member of Pokagon band, said she is also frustrated with the representation of Native Americans in the murals.“According to all the murals and the statues, we all look like alike. We didn’t. We don’t look alike,” Getz said. “We don’t dress alike. We have things that are indigenous to our own culture, to our own tribe, and that’s all being forgotten.”Though Porter said he believes the murals should be taken down, he said others within NASAND fear that removing the murals would erase the “true history” of Notre Dame’s relationship with Native Americans.“We have groups that may wish to keep them up, but to have a strong and decisive explanation of what occurred … an addressing of what has occurred, what is our true history,” Porter said. “We have to come to grips with that, regardless of how embarrassing or dirty it might be or look to the administration.”Tags: Gregori Murals, Main Building, Native American Student Association of Notre Dame, Pokagon Potawatomi
Four years ago, then-incoming freshman Lauren McKee sent an email to the Gary Sinise Foundation (GSF), a charity dedicated to serving veterans, active military and first responders, explaining that she was a freshman at Notre Dame and hoping to be added to a volunteer list. Two hours later, she got a call from the foundation’s director of outreach, Billy Wagasy.“[Wagasy] was a former Navy SEAL before he became the director of outreach at the Gary Sinise Foundation, but he also played football here under Lou Holtz for four years, so because of that Notre Dame connection it got passed to his desk,” McKee said. “While we were talking, we kind of came up with this idea for a charity run that would benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation.”A few weeks later, McKee said she happened to meet a member of the Notre Dame Air Force ROTC, and she mentioned the idea to him, asking whether ROTC would want to get involved. The student said yes, and then began to work with both McKee and other members of the ROTC service groups to plan the first annual Run Forrest Run 5/10k race on Notre Dame’s campus, she said. “From there this crazy idea took off, and it’s been four years where it’s just kind of grown exponentially. We now have a virtual race, and we have people who have run across the country, and this year we actually have people running internationally,” McKee said. “It’s just absolutely incredible to see the support that we’ve had.”Gary Sinise, who played Lt. Dan in the beloved movie “Forrest Gump,” created the charity in 2011 after years of supporting veterans and active military through his Lt. Dan Band at military bases and benefit concerts. While the charity provides support in many different ways to servicemen and women and their families, its main program is called R.I.S.E., or Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment, which provides specially built homes, modified vehicles and mobility devices for wounded veterans.“A lot of times when veterans come back who are severely injured, it’s not just a case of having limited mobility outside their homes. There’s also a lot of things that go into limiting their independence in their homes,” McKee said. “They’re unable to reach things in the house, the bathrooms are usually too small, there’s just a lot of things that go into making their lives a lot more difficult. So the R.I.S.E. program works to support empowerment and make sure they can be independent.”By the end of this year, GSF will have built 65 adapted smart homes for wounded veterans. During its first year, McKee said the race raised money to build one such home for Sgt. Michael Frazier, a marine who lost both legs and much of the use of his right arm while deployed in Afghanistan in 2011. His wife, McKee said, credited the home with his ability to fully participate in his life.“It’s allowed him to be a better father and a better husband … because the house is specially adapted so that he can access it, so that it’s specifically designed for his needs,” McKee said.The Notre Dame ROTC service groups have played a large role in planning the race each year, with at least one representative from each branch on the planning committee and many more students volunteering and participating.“The ROTC kids were fully in, and this wouldn’t have been possible without them,” McKee said. “Every single person who has worked on the race committee or even just volunteering and spreading the word about it — every single one of them has made sure that this has been possible.”To date, the Run Forrest Run race has raised over $35,000 to benefit GSF in the past three years, and McKee said she predicts that this year’s total may exceed $20,000, far surpassing her original expectations. McKee said over 450 runners will be on campus, with another 70 running nationally and internationally. She said she points to Notre Dame’s guiding statement, “God, Country, Notre Dame,” as the reason the race has been so successful.“I think immediately there was that easy pairing between the mission of the Gary Sinise Foundation, and the incredible willingness to serve that the people of Notre Dame have,” McKee said.This year, McKee said, the race is excited to honor U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Chad Watson, a GSF smart home recipient and 2016 MBA graduate of Notre Dame. While she is sad this is her last time on the race committee, McKee said she is confident in the abilities of next year’s committee.“Every year I’m blown away by the people I get to meet and all the stories I get to hear,” McKee said. “None of it would have happened without any of the people who were there. I just really lucked out that I got to meet so many incredible people who were so supportive and so willing to throw everything into this crazy idea.”Tags: Air Force ROTC, Billy Wagasy, Chad Watson, Gary Sinise Foundation, Michael Frazier, R.I.S.E., ROTC, Run Forrest Run
Though Notre Dame is located in Indiana, it caters to a national population with students from many different states. At Notre Dame, student-run state clubs perform the function of bringing together students from their home areas. According to SAO, there are clubs representing nine states: California Club, Connecticut Club, Hawaii Club, Louisiana Club, Minnesota Club, Montana Club, New Jersey Club, New York Club and Texas Club. Each state’s club has a slightly different focus, from helping arrange transportation at breaks to organizing events reflecting their state’s culture.Junior Danny McMaster, vice president of the New Jersey Club, said his club’s main purpose is serving as a link between students, alumni and New Jersey, as well as social opportunities.“We organize rides back, both by organizing a major bus back … [and] in coordination with some of the Philadelphia [alumni] clubs,” McMaster said. “We are the liaisons between New Jersey students on campus and the four New Jersey [alumni] clubs. … We’re just basically a social club where, you know, all the New Jersey kids can get to know each other, get some cool T-shirts, get some good pizza and good breakfast sandwiches.” Junior Rosie Crisman, co-president of California Club, said her club’s major focus is helping Notre Dame students network with professionals in California. She said a large number of California Club members are not actually California natives.“We help students connect to professionals in California, including Notre Dame alumni and recruiters,” she said. “If I had to guess, around 25 percent of our club is not from California.”Senior Iliana Contreras, president of Texas Club, described her club’s mission as both connecting students to alumni networks and helping Texans adjust to life in South Bend.“Alumni networks within the Texas Club are huge. We have the Alumni Barbecue in the spring where actual alumni from Texas come and they host a huge barbecue for all of our students, be [they] from Texas or not,” Contreras said. “We also want [Texas Club] to be a safe haven for people on campus; we recognize that moving to South Bend, Indiana, from any place in Texas … [puts students in] an entirely different culture, environment and weather. We want to make sure that people know where to buy the right jackets, get the right snow boots. … Texas Club is supposed to be a place where you can come and you can combine your two homes: your love of Texas and your love of Notre Dame.”These clubs allow for students to express their love of their home state, even while so far away from home. McMaster said, in his experience, state clubs build up community among the members of their state, and that those involved enjoy their work.“One of the biggest draws for us is that New Jersey is one of the biggest states at Notre Dame, especially considering how far away it is,” McMaster said. “There’s just a matter of state pride … [because] a lot of people rag on our state. Everyone who’s from it really loves it and we all have a good time with it.”Tags: California, Geographic Diversity, New Jersey, State Clubs, Texas
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Ashley Buttle / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – Add guns to the list of things you can now buy at a drive-thru.The Federal Government signed off on a new rule that allows gun dealers to provide a drive-up or walk-up service.The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said the move is in response to questions about how gun dealers can sell the weapons during the pandemic.The guns must be bought on the gun dealer’s property. Last month, the FBI reported more than three million background checks as people rushed to get weapons during the COVID-19 crisis.
Women on the Verge played its final performance at the Belasco Theatre on January 2, 2011. It officially opened on November 4, 2010 with a cast filled with Broadway heavyweights including Tony Award winners Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Laura Benanti, as well as Danny Burstein and Justin Guarini. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is set in 1980s Madrid and tells the story of the intertwining lives of a group of women whose relationships with men lead to a tumultuous 48 hours of love, confusion and passion. The musical features a book by Lane, with music and lyrics by Yazbek. Greig will star as Pepa. She won the Olivier for Much Ado About Nothing and received an Olivier nod for The Little Dog Laughed. Other stage credits include Jumpy, The God of Carnage and King John. Her screen credits include Green Wing, Black Books, Episodes, Shaun of the Dead, White Heat, The Guilty and Emma. View Comments Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which closed early on Broadway in 2011, is set to open in London. The tuner, based on the Spanish movie of the same name by Pedro Almodovar, will star Olivier winner Tamsin Greig and begin previews on December 20. Opening night is scheduled for January 12, 2015 at The Playhouse Theatre. Bartlett Sher, who directed the Great White Way incarnation, will helm the reworked, scaled down, U.K. production.
Doctor Zhivago A long-brewing musical adaptation of Doctor Zhivago is expected to arrive on Broadway in the spring of 2015, according to The New York Times. The musical would play the Broadway Theatre following the closing of Cinderella on January 3. Based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago details the life of Yuri Zhivago, a physician and poet, during the Russian Revolution of 1905 and World War II. The story is best known from the hit 1965 film starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. The new staging of Miss Saigon, currently a hit in London’s West End, and another musical from down under, the stage adaptation of King Kong, are also possible future tenants for the theater, according to the Times. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015 Related Shows The musical adaptation, featuring a book by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, premiered in 2006 at La Jolla Playhouse. A heavily revised version opened at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia with Annie star Anthony Warlow in the lead role under the direction of Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (The Who’s Tommy, Jersey Boys).
View Comments Rivers appeared on the Great White Way in Fun City, Broadway Bound and Sally Marr…and her escorts, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. She was reportedly in talks to reprise her performance in Sally Marr, which she wrote alongside Erin Sanders and Lonny Price. In 1959, she starred on stage in the off-Broadway play Driftwood opposite a relatively unknown Barbra Streisand. Of late, she was most known for her work as co-host on E!’s Fashion Police and the WE TV reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?. “Under our criteria,” Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin told the newspaper, “People need to have been very active recently in the theater, or else be synonymous with Broadway.” She added, “We love Joan…but she hasn’t acted on Broadway in 20 years. When you say Joan Rivers, you don’t think comedy, television and Broadway. You think comedy and television.” Lights have, however, been dimmed for performers who are not necessarily known for their stage careers: of recent note, the late Robin Williams. He made his Broadway acting debut in 2011 in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and led the stand-up special Robin Williams: Live on Broadway in 2002. Williams was not Tony-nominated for either performance. Broadway theaters will not dim their lights to pay tribute to Tony nominee Joan Rivers. Rivers, a comedy icon and longtime friend to the Broadway community, died on September 4 at the age of 81 following surgery complications. According to The New York Times, the Broadway League has concluded that she did not meet the criteria for the traditional honor from the Great White Way.
Loving Sondheim is not a choice. It’s who we are. And no matter what age he was turning on March 22, we could easily fill up a list of his best songs to match the number. But the musical maestro is turning 85, so we created our own very-opinionated list of the 85 greatest tunes that have come out of his brilliant mind (songs with collaborators were left off—sorry “Tonight” and “Rose’s Turn”!). What a tough task, but we focused on the songs that wow us with their lyrical genius, push the boundaries of the musical theater form or just make us want to curl up in a ball and cry. Here’s to many more birthdays and stunning scores, Steve!85. “Children Will Listen” from Into the WoodsCareful the spell you cast. / Not just on children. / Sometimes the spell may last / Past what you can see / And turn against you.84. “The Story of Lucy and Jessie” from FolliesLucy wants to be dressy. / Jessie wants to be juicy. / Lucy wants to be Jessie. / And Jessie, Lucy.83. “It Takes Two” from Into the WoodsWe’ve got three. / We need one. / It takes two.82. “Happiness” from PassionI didn’t know what love was / But now I do. / It’s what I feel with you. / The happiness I feel with you.81. “The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened” from Road ShowWho knew? / Who dreamed? / Beats me.80. “It’s Hot Up Here” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeThe outward show / Of bliss up here / Is disappearing dot by dot. / And it’s hot!79. “Someone in a Tree” from Pacific OverturesOnly cups of tea. / And history. / And someone in a tree.78. “The Little Things You Do Together” from CompanyIt’s the people that you hate together. / Bait together. / Date together. / That make marriage a joy.77. “Putting It Together” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeEvery time I start to feel defensive / I remember lasers are expensive.76. “More” from Dick TracyAnd if you like two / You might as well have four. / And if you like four / Why not a few? / Why not a slew? / More!75. “Agony” from Into the WoodsAlways ten steps behind. / Always ten feet below. / And she’s just out of reach.74. “Sunday in the Park with George” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeBut most of all / I love your painting. / I think I’m fainting.73. “The God-Why-Don’t-You-Love-Me Blues” from FolliesThe things that I want / I don’t seem to get. / The things that I get… / You know what I mean!72. “I Wish I Could Forget You” from PassionAnd though I cannot love you / I wish that I could love you.71. “Unworthy of Your Love” from AssassinsYou would be queen to me, not wife. / I would crawl belly deep through hell.70. “Liaisons” from A Little Night MusicLiaisons today. / Disgraceful! / What’s become of them? / Some of them / Hardly pay their shoddy way.69. “Last Midnight” from Into the WoodsI’m not good. / I’m not nice. / I’m just right. / I’m the Witch. / You’re the world.68. “The Glamorous Life” from A Little Night MusicOrdinary mothers needn’t meet committees. / But ordinary mothers don’t get keys to cities.67. “Kiss Me!” from Sweeney ToddKiss me! / Of course! / Quickly!66. “I Never Do Anything Twice” from The Seven-Per-Cent SolutionOnce is delicious. / But twice would be vicious. / Or just repetitious.65. “Barcelona” from CompanyWhere you going? / Barcelona! / So you said. / And Madrid. / Bon voyage. / On a Boeing.64. “Pretty Lady” from Pacific OverturesPretty lady with a flower. / Give a lonely sailor half an hour.63. “Sooner or Later” from Dick TracyWhen I get a yen / Then baby, Amen. / I’m counting to ten. / And then…62. “Beautiful” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeAll trees, all towers, beautiful. / That tower, beautiful mother. / See? / A perfect tree.61. “I Remember” from Evening PrimroseI remember sky. / It was blue as ink. / Or at least I think.60. “Children and Art” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeThe child is so sweet. / And the girls are so rapturous. / Isn’t it lovely how artists can capture us?59. “Another National Anthem” from AssassinsFor those who never win. / For the suckers. / For the pikers. / For the ones who might have been.58. “Every Day a Little Death” from A Little Night MusicEvery day a little sting. / Every day a little dies. / In the heart and in the head. / In the looks and in the lies.57. “Our Time” from Merrily We Roll AlongLong ago / All we had was that funny feeling. / Saying someday we’d send ’em reeling / Now it looks like we can.56. “Marry Me a Little” from CompanyOh, how softly we’ll tread. / All the stings, the ugly things / We’ll keep unsaid.55. “There Won’t Be Trumpets” from Anyone Can WhistleThere won’t be trumpets / But sure as shooting / You’ll know him when you see him!54. “My Friends” from Sweeney ToddTill now your shine / Was merely silver. / Friends, you shall drip rubies. / You’ll soon drip precoius rubies…53. “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” from CompanySo single and attentive and attractive a man / Is everything a person could wish. / But turning off a person is the act of a man / Who likes to pull the hooks out of fish.52. “On the Steps of the Palace” from Into the WoodsBetter stop and take stock / While you’re standing here stuck / On the steps of the palace!51. “Old Friends” from Merrily We Roll AlongOld friends do / Tend to become old habit. / Never knew / How much I missed you till now.50. “The Worst Pies in London” from Sweeney ToddThe worst pies in London. / Even that’s polite! / The worst pies in London. / If you doubt it, take a bite!49. “Now/Later/Soon” from A Little Night MusicRemoving her clothing / Would take me all day. / And her subsequent loathing / Would turn me away. / Which eliminates B. / And which leaves us with A.48. “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumFrenzy and frolic. / Strictly symbolic. / Something for everyone. / A comedy tonight!47. “Merrily We Roll Along” from Merrily We Roll AlongMaking you feel merrily, merrily. / What can go wrong? / Rolling along.46. “Waiting for the Girls Upstairs” from FolliesLife was fun but oh, so intense. / Everything was possible and nothing made sense. / Back there when one of the major events / Was waiting for the girls…45. “No One is Alone” from Into the WoodsWitches can be right. / Giants can be good. / You decide what’s right. / You decide what’s good.44. “With So Little To Be Sure Of” from Anyone Can WhistleCrazy business this / This life we live in. / Can’t complain about / The time we’re given. / With so little to be sure of / In this world.43. “Pretty Women” from Sweeney ToddBlowing out their candles / Or combing out their hair. / Even when they leave / They still are there. / They’re there.42. “What Can You Lose” from Dick TracyOnce the words are spoken / Something may be broken. / Still, you love her. / What can you lose?41. “Everybody Says Don’t” from Anyone Can WhistleSometimes you have to start small. / Climbing the tiniest wall. / Maybe you’re going to fall / But it’s better than not starting at all.40. “No More” from Into the WoodsHave to take care. / Unless there’s a “where” / You’ll only be wandering blind. / Just more questions. / Different kind.39. “Epiphany” from Sweeney ToddDon’t we all deserve to die? / Even you, Mrs. Lovett. / Even I. / Because the lives of the wicked / Should be made brief. / For the rest of us / Death will be a relief.38. “Good Thing Going” from Merrily We Roll AlongIt could have kept on growing / Instead of just kept on. / We had a good thing going. / Going. / Gone.37. “Color and Light” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeDot Dot waiting to go. / Out out out. / No no no George. / Finish the hat. / Finish the hat. / Have to finish the hat first.36. “Broadway Baby” from FolliesA spark. / To pierce the dark. / From Battery Park / To Washington Heights.35. “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney ToddDemons’ll charm you / With a smile. / For a while. / But in time / Nothing can harm you. / Not while I’m around.34. “The Miller’s Son” from A Little Night MusicIt’s a very short road / From the pinch and the punch / To the paunch and the pouch / And the pension.33. “Sorry/Grateful” from CompanyYou don’t live for her. / You do live with her. / You’re scared she’s starting / To drift away. / And scared she’ll stay.32. “Giants in the Sky” from Into the WoodsAnd she gives you food. / And she gives you rest. / And she draws you close / To her giant breast. / And you know things now / That you never knew before.31. “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” from Sweeney ToddSweeney pondered / And Sweeney planned. / Like a perfect machine / He planned. / Sweeney was smooth. / Sweeney was subtle. / Sweeney would blink / And rats would scuttle.30. “Franklin Shepard Inc.” from Merrily We Roll AlongVery sneaky how it happens. / Much more sneaky than you think. / Start with nothing but a song to sing / Next you’re Franklin Shepard.29. “Johanna” from Sweeney ToddI’ll steal you, Johanna. / I’ll steal you. / Do they think that walls could hide you? / Even now, I’m at your window.28. “I’m Still Here” from FolliesFirst you’re another slow-eyed vamp. / Then someone’s mother. / Then you’re camp.27. “Getting Married Today” from CompanyI telephoned my analyst about it / And he said to see him Monday / But by Monday I’ll be floating / In the Hudson with the other garbage.26. “Gun Song” from AssassinsWhy should you be blue / When you’ve your little finger? / Prove how just a little finger / Can change the world.25. “Your Fault” from Into the WoodsIt’s your father’s fault / That the curse got placed / And the place got cursed / In the first place!24. “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night MusicIsn’t it rich? / Isn’t it queer? / Losing my timing this late / In my career.23. “Not a Day Goes By” from Merrily We Roll AlongSo there’s hell to pay. / And until I die / I’ll die day after day. / After day / After day / After day / After day / After day…22. “Could I Leave You?” from FolliesPutting thoughts of you aside / In the south of France. / Would I think of suicide? / Darling, shall we dance?21. “We Do Not Belong Together” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeTell me that you’re hurt. / Tell me you’re relieved. / Tell me that you’re bored. / Anything. / But don’t assume I know.20. “Like It Was” from Merrily We Roll AlongThat’s what everyone does. / Blames the way it is / On the way it was. / On the way it never ever was.19. “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeStop worrying if your vision is new. / Let others make that decision. / They usually do. / You keep moving on.18. “Company” from Company”With love.” / “With love” filling the days. / “With love” seventy ways. / “To Bobby with love” / From all those / Good and crazy people, your friends!17. “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeSunday. / By the blue, purple, yellow, red water. / On the green, purple, yellow, red grass. / Let us pass / Through our perfect park.16. “Too Many Mornings” from FolliesSally standing at the door. / Sally moving to the bed. / Sally resting in my arms. / With her head against my head.15. “The Ladies Who Lunch” from CompanyLook into their eyes / And you’ll see what they know. / Everybody dies!14. “Take Me to the World” from Evening PrimroseTake me to the world that’s real. / Show me how it’s done. / Teach me how to laugh, to feel. / Move me to the sun.13. “Anyone Can Whistle” from Anyone Can WhistleIt’s all so simple. / Relax, let go, let fly. / So someone tell me / Why can’t I?12. “A Weekend in the Country” from A Little Night MusicWhat a horrible plot! / A weekend in the country. / I’m excited! / No, you’re not.11. “Loving You” from PassionLoving you is not a choice. / It’s who I am. View Comments 10. “Losing My Mind” from FolliesYou said you loved me. / Or were you just being kind? / Or am I losing my mind?9. “Opening Doors” from Merrily We Roll AlongWe’re being evicted. / I’m having a breakdown. / We’ll all get together on Sunday!8. “Moments in the Woods” from Into the WoodsJust remembering you had an “and” / When you’re back to “or” / Makes the “or” mean more / Than it did before. 7. “A Little Priest” from Sweeney ToddHaven’t you got poet / Or something like that? / No, y’see the trouble with poet / Is ‘ow do you know it’s deceased? / Try the priest.6. “In Buddy’s Eyes” from FolliesI’m still the princess. / Still the prize. / In Buddy’s eyes.5. “Another Hundred People” from CompanyA city of strangers. / Some come to stare. / Some to stay.4. “Now You Know” from Merrily We Roll AlongYou should burn them every now and then / Or you’ll never grow.3. “The Ballad of Booth” from AssassinsLeave it to history to tell. / What I did, I did well. / And I did it for my country.2. “Being Alive” from CompanySomebody sit in my chair. / And ruin my sleep. / And make me aware / Of being alive.1. “Finishing the Hat” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeHow the kind of woman / Willing to wait’s / Not the kind that / You want to find waiting. / To return you to the light. / Dizzy from the height. / Coming from the hat.What do you think are Sondheim’s best songs?! 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