Nothing can’t be solved with a good Broadway show. Even if you’re not a fan, you can still appreciate the thought, art, and emotion behind each soundtrack (well, at least the good ones). Like any good movie or television show, it will mentally take you away and have you reflecting on life.
So if you’re ever feeling lost, alone, or struggling through the Quarter Life Crisis, consider these Broadway show tunes to keep you company and motivate you to keep heading “into the woods.”
1. “Corner of the Sky” – Pippin, sung by Pippin
Pippin, a lost boy, sings about how everything has its place in the world. Well, everything except for him. All he’s asking for is his ‘corner,’ a place to call his own. (My favorite version is sung by the hunky and The Voice winner Matthew James Thomas. Swoon!)
2. “No Time At All” – Pippin, sung by Berthe
Pippin seeks comfort in his grandmother, Berthe. He shares his tales of feeling misplaced and loss when she bursts into song and tells him life is pointless to live if you don’t appreciate anything. She even says, “I never thought about how much I weighed, when there was still one piece of cake.” You have to admit, she makes a good point…
3. “Purpose” – Avenue Q, sung by Princeton
In this Sesame St. meets South Park musical, our protagonist, Princeton, finds himself fresh out of college and without purpose. We all know what it’s like to try to find our true meaning in life, and Princeton sings what most could not put into words.
4. “No Day But Today” – Rent, sung by the ensemble
Just download the entire soundtrack, they’ll all have an impact on you. But most importantly, this story will remind you to live life to its fullest – it doesn’t matter if you’re poor, rich, sick, or healthy.
5. “Defying Gravity” – Wicked, sung by Elphaba
We’ve all come across an obstacle in life that changes us and forces us to make a choice. The struggles that we go through make us find our courage. (And OMG who doesn’t love this song!)
6. “Into The Woods” – Into The Woods, sung by the ensemble
This entire Broadway show is a metaphor. Going “into the woods” simply means they are going into life. Life is full of obstacles, choices, and fears (or witches, wolves, and handsome princes). You can either stay where you are, or take the next step and go into the woods to take the things you want most. If you’re too impatient to wait for tickets, I heard the movie is great.
7. “Send in the Clowns” – A Little Night Music, sung by Desiree Armfeldt
The obtuse, bittersweet lyrics provide new shades of depth as you get older. It’s about finally growing up and knowing what it is you really wanted, then stepping back to realize maybe it’s too late.
8. “Find My Way” – Legally Blonde, sung by Elle Woods and the ensembleI’m not gonna lie, it took me a while to embrace the fact that Legally Blonde was hitting Broadway (cause seriously, out of all the movies they chose that one?!) But, let’s reflect on Elle Woods’ journey: a stereotyped blonde who struggles in Harvard and ends up overcoming obstacles, sexual harassment, and a jury. She proves to us all that if we put our minds to it, we can all transform.
9. “Nothing Is Too Wonderful To Be True” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, sung by Christine and Freddy
Without giving too much away, Freddy starts falling for Christine. It is the first time he’s ever felt this way about anyone, yet he feels guilty because he mislead her during their first encounter. They both reflect on the little things in life and remind us that love doesn’t have to be complicated (though for them it is).
10. “Dancing Through Life” – Wicked, sung by Fiyero
Lastly, we have a song sung effortlessly by Norbert Leo Butz. Fiyero is a care-free individual who plays by his own rules and doesn’t let life (or what others think) get in the way. He tells us how to live life – not to walk through it, but dance.