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Hits songs from well known stage musicals.

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42nd Street
   has the opening line   
In the Heart of Little Old New York, You'll Find a Thoroughfare.
Lyrics by Al Dubin, and music by Harry Warren. The 1980 Broadway production, directed by an ailing Gower Champion and orchestrated by Philip J. Lang won the Tony Award for Best Musical and became a long-running hit.
All I Ask Of You
   has the opening line   
No More Talk of Darkness, Forget These Wide-eyed Fears;
Written by Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart for Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 long running West End and Broadway musical "The Phantom Of The Opera" based upon the 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux.
Almost Like Being in Love
   has the opening line   
What a Day This Has Been, What a Rare Mood I'm In...
The music was written by Frederick Loewe, and the lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Written for the 1947 Broadway musical and 1954 film Brigadoon starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse -- directed by Vincente Minnelli
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
   has the opening line   
He's a Fool and Don't I Know It.
Written by Lorenz Hart for the 1940 Broadway musical' Pal Joey'.
Blue Suede Shoes
   has the opening line   
Well, It's One for the Money, Two for the Show…
Carl Perkins, A car accident prevented Perkins from belting out these iconic words on national TV. And, while he was laid up in a hospital, he had to watch Elvis do it. "Blue Suede Shoes" is the opening number of the Broadway musical "Million Dollar Quartet," which opened in New York in April, 2010.
But Not for Me‏
   has the opening line   
Old Man Sunshine Listen You!
Written by Ira Gershwin for 'Girl Crazy' 1930 and used in 'Crazy For You' 1992
Carolina in the Morning
   has the opening line   
Wishing is Good Time Wasted, Still It's a Habit They Say;
Words by Gus Kahn and music by Walter Donaldson for the Broadway musical revue "The Passing Show of 1922." It was a big hit for Al Jolson in 1947.
Dulcinea
   has the opening line   
I Have Dreamed Thee Too Long.
Written by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. Don Quixote song of love to Aldonza from the 1965 Broadway musical' Man of La Mancha'.
Embraceable You‏
   has the opening line   
Dozens of Girls Would Storm Up; I Had to Lock My Door
Written by Ira Gershwin for' Girl Crazy' 1930
Have You Met Miss Jones?
   has the opening line   
It Happened I Felt It Happened I Was Awake I Wasn't Blind
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart and music by Richard Rodgers for the 1937 Broadway musical comedy "I'd Rather Be Right" written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Starred George M. Cohan as Franklin Roosevelt.
I Got Rhythm
   has the opening line   
Days Can Be Sunny With Never a Sigh
Written by Ira Gershwin as a slow song for 'Treasure Girl' 1928 and was premiered by Ethel Merman in the musical 'Girl Crazy' in 1930.
(I'll Build A) Stairway to Paradise
   has the opening line   
All You Preachers Who Delight in Panning the Dancing Teachers
Written by Ira Gershwin (under his pen name Arthur Francis) for George White's 'Scandals' of 1922
I Wish I Were In Love Again
   has the opening line   
You Don't Know That I Felt Good when We up and Parted.
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart and music by Richard Rodgers for the 1937 Broadway musical "Babes In Arms."
The Lady is a Tramp
   has the opening line   
She Gets Too Hungry, for Dinner at Eight
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart and music by Richard Rodgers for the 1937 Broadway musical "Babes In Arms."
Music of the Night
   has the opening line   
Night Time Sharpens, Heightens Each Sensation
Written by Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart for Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 long running West End and Broadway musical "The Phantom Of The Opera" based upon the 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux. (to borrow Allan's excellent notes)
My Funny Valentine
   has the opening line   
Behold the Way Our Fine Feathered Friend His Virtue Doth Parade
Written by Lorenz Hart for the 1937 musical 'Babes In Arms' -- sung in the 1957 film 'Pal Joey' by Kim Novak, 1989 film 'The Fabulous Baker Boys' by Michelle Pfieffer, 1995 film Waiting To Exhale by Chaka Khan, 2005 film Ashura by Sting
My Heart Stood Still
   has the opening line   
I Laughed at Sweethearts I Met at Schools
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart and music by Richard Rodgers for the 1927 Broadway musical "A Connecticut Yankee" based on the novel by Mark Twain "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."
My Romance
   has the opening line   
I Won't Kiss Your Hand, Madam Crazy for You Though I Am
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart and music by Richard Rodgers for Billy Rose's 1935 Broadway Musical "Jumbo" starring Jimmy Durante. Carly Simon released a 1990 album "My Romance" featuring her rendition. The film version of Jumbo in 1962 starred Jimmy Durante, Doris Day, and Martha Raye.
Night and Day
   has the opening line   
Like the Beat Beat Beat of the Tom-tom When the Jungle Shadows Fall
Written by Cole Porter for the 1932 stage musical 'Gay Divorce' and the 1934 film version 'Gay Divorcee'. Fred Astaire starred in both productions and had a #1 hit with this song.
No Good Deed
   has the opening line   
Fiyero! (sung) Eleka Nahmen Nahmen Ah Tum Ah Tum Eleka Nahmen
Words and music by Stephen Schwartz for the 2003 Broadway music "Wicked". based on the 1900 L. Frank Baum book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" starring Judy Garland.
Popular
   has the opening line   
Whenever I See Someone Less Fortunate Than I
Words and music by Stephen Schwartz for the 2003 Broadway music "Wicked". based on the 1900 L. Frank Baum book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" starring Judy Garland.
Put On Your Sunday Clothes
   has the opening line   
Out There, There's a World Outside of Yonkers.
Words and music by Jerry Herman for the 1964 Tony Award Winning Musical Hello Dolly! based upon Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers and remade into the 1955 play The Matchmaker.
Someone to Watch over Me‏
   has the opening line   
There's a Saying Old Says That Love is Blind
Written by Ira Gershwin for 'Oh, Kay!' 1926 starred Gertrude Lawrence as Kay Swift
Strike Up the Band‏
   has the opening line   
Let the Drums Roll Out, Let the Trumpet Call
Written by Ira Gershwin for the 1927 musical "Strike Up The Band" as part of a satire on war and militaristic music.
'S Wonderful
   has the opening line   
Don't Mind Telling You, in My Humble Fash...
"That you thrill me through, with a tender pash" Written by Ira Gershwin for 1927 musical "Funny Face"
There's No Business Like Show Business
   has the opening line   
The Costumes, the Scenery, the Makeup, the Props
Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin for the 1946 Broadway musical 'Annie Get Your Gun' The song is also featured in the 1954 movie of the same name, where it is notably sung by Ethel Merman as the main musical number.
Till There Was You
   has the opening line   
There Were Bells on the Hill, but I Never Heard Them Ringing
"No, I never heard them at all, Till there was you." Written by Meredith Wilson - from his 1957 Broadway production The Music Man.


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Allan R. Matthes








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