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Elaine Stritch's Show Tune Vocabulary

July 17, 2014
Elaine Stritch died on July 17, 2014 at the age of 89. A legendary Broadway and cabaret performer, Stritch was one of those actresses who simply commanded the stage and made the parts she played her own. Just like how a story a parent reads you will always be associated with that parent or the remake will never be as good as the original song if you experienced the original first, for fans of musical theater, these roles, these songs, will always be associated with Stritch. Any future performance of these songs will always be measured against her take on them. It is in this sense that great performers are like authors, as their interpretations of the words they say and sing can become as timeless and memorable as the words themselves.
accrue
Company, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
It's the little things you do together,
Do together,
Do together,
That make perfect relationships.
The hobbies you pursue together,
Savings you accrue together,
Looks you misconstrue together,
That make marriage a joy.
—"The Little Things You Do Together," Company
misconstrue
It's the little things you do together,
Do together,
Do together,
That make perfect relationships.
The hobbies you pursue together,
Savings you accrue together,
Looks you misconstrue together,
That make marriage a joy.
—"The Little Things You Do Together," Company
passe
Pal Joey, Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Zip! I consider Dali’s painting passe.
Zip! Can they make the Metropolitan pay?
—"Zip", Pal Joey
eclectic
Zip! I am so eclectic.
I don’t care for either Mickey-
Mouse and Rooney make me sicky
Zip! I'm a little hectic.
—"Zip," Pal Joey
platitude
Sail Away, Music and Lyrics by Noël Coward
Travel they say improves the mind,
An irritating platitude, which frankly, entre nous,
Is very far from true.
—"Why Do the Wrong People Travel?", Sail Away
cavil
The Taj Mahal and the Grand Canal
And the sunny French Rivera
Would be less oppressed if the Middle West
Would settle for somewhere rather nearer
Please do not think that I criticize or cavil at a genuine urge to roam
But why, oh why do the wrong people travel when the right people stay back home
—"Why Do the Wrong People Travel?," Sail Away
grim
Here's to the ladies who lunch--
Everybody laugh.
Lounging in their caftans
And planning a brunch
On their own behalf.
Off to the gym,
Then to a fitting,
Claiming they're fat.
And looking grim,
'Cause they've been sitting
Choosing a hat.
—"Ladies Who Lunch", Company
invariably
In the smallest street, where the gourmets meet,
They invariably fetch up
And it’s hard to make them accept a steak
that isn’t served rare and smeared with ketchup
—"Why Do the Wrong People Travel?," Sail Away
cliche
The little ways you try together,
Cry together,
Lie together,
That make perfect relationships.
Becoming a cliche together,
Growing old and grey together,
Withering away together,
That make marriage a joy.
—"The Little Things You Do Together," Company
jest
And here's to the girls who just watch
Aren't they the best?
When they get depressed,
It's a bottle of Scotch,
Plus a little jest.
Another chance to disapprove,
Another brilliant zinger,
Another reason not to move,
Another Vodka Stinger
—"The Ladies Who Lunch," Company

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