I am tempted to count the omer this year using showtunes, but I doubt I can stick with it. Either way, “One.”
(And before you take issue with my use of the clip from A Chorus Line: The Movie, let me say a) it’s better than the one from Baryshnikov on Broadway and b) I was about seven years old when this film debuted and I was obsessed, so all valid criticism fails in the face of nostalgia.
Remember when I counted the omer last year using showtunes? Yeah, I’m not doing that again, but feel free to jump back in the archives and relive the glory.
In case you weren’t clued in by the previous 49 days of counting, tonight begins the holiday of Shavuot! Not sure what this holiday is about? Let Jackie Hoffman explain it to you, from her live album Live At Joe’s Pub.
Counting the Omer with Showtunes Day 48: “NYC” from Annie
No other town in the whole forty-eight / can half compare to you…
(This video is from a Rosie Cruise, with Harvey Evans singing the part of Daddy Warbucks, and Andrea McArdle, the original Broadway Annie, singing both her original part and the role of “Star to Be,” which she played in the 1999 television version.)
Counting the Omer with Showtunes Day 47: “Forty-seven Ginger-Headed Sailors,” which was a novelty song by Leslie Sarony originally popularized in 1929 that many people of our era know from Hugh Laurie’s charming performance on the television show Jeeves & Wooster.
I can wash out forty-four pairs of socks / And have them hanging out on the line…
I am so excited for Shavuot… if only because counting the omer is a really big pain in the butt! Imagine how much more so it must have been when you had to schlep a bushel of barley downtown each night as part of the ritual! Sheesh!
Counting The Omer with Showtunes Day 43: I couldn’t find a show tune with the number “43” in the lyrics or title, so instead we’ll go with the song that debuted in 1943 and set all expectations about Broadway musicals on end: “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’,” the opening number from Oklahoma!