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Chapter 148: Count On Me

Late 20th century showtunes

The formal invention of “One” from A Chorus Line is dazzling; in line with the show’s meta-plot, the song deconstructs itself in real time as you listen. That makes it stand out in this collection of Broadway tunes, which are more likely to floor you with emotional complexity. Songs like “Comfort And Joy” or “Count On Me” cut good jokes with wells of fear and insecurity. On “Nowadays,” Roxie and Velma get the last (deliciously menacing) laughs. “Skid Row” is a gut punch that builds to a desperate, beautiful breakdown.
1. A Chorus Line Ensemble


2. Little Shop Of Horrors Ensemble

Skid Row (Downtown)

3. Ben Vereen & Pippin Ensemble

Magic To Do

4. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Ensemble

Joseph's Coat (The Coat of Many Colors)

5. Randy Graff

You Can Always Count on Me

6. Bat Boy Ensemble

Comfort And Joy

7. Chess: The New Musical Cast

Nobody's Side

8. Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O'Brien

Time Warp

9. Gwen Verdon & Chita Rivera


10. Rent Ensemble

Seasons of Love