Your little darling has been up 4 or 5 times in the night. You’ve had minimal sleep. The only solution is coffee and / or CBeebies….
…OR blasting out some of these showtunes to get you up and going in the morning!
I Have Confidence (From The Sound of Music)
Let them bring on all their problems
I’ll do better than my best!
As our favourite singing Nun nervously travels to the von Trapp household for the first time, this Rodgers and Hammerstein anthem of confidence propels Maria towards Captain Von Trapp seduction and transformation to Supernanny (not to mention escaping the Nazis).
This will get the walk to nursery done in half the normal speed. Swinging of old school suitcase and guitar is optional.
Defying Gravity (From Wicked)
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!
Empowering teenage girls since its opening night, Wicked is our go to feminist musical. If you’ve had a sleepless night and the coffee’s run out, the high note as Elphaba takes to the sky is as good as any caffeine hit.
Beautiful (From Beautiful: The Carole King Musical)
You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And the show the world the love in your heart
The great and wise Carole King says it all. Smiling releases endorphins and seretonin, the body’s natural painkillers and anti-depressants.
Yes, you may have baby puke on your jumper and be living off the remains of your toddler’s lunch but remember – YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!
One Day More (From Les Miserables)
One more dawn
One more day
One day more!
Ok, ok – so we realise there is probably more than one day left of sleepless nights, but it’s a nice sentiment to get you through the day. Just one day at a time.
This is probably the most epic and uplifting Act One closer ever written. Look out for a young Michael Ball and also Lea Salonge (the voice of Disney’s Mulan and Princess Jasmine). Oh and bonus points if you manage to sing all the parts.
So Much Better (From Legally Blonde)
I’ve gone on to better things
Better jobs or bigger rings
I don’t have the time to cry
I’m too busy loving my name up on that list
Kind of a cool, ironic twist
Elle Woods proves you can have beauty AND brains in this musical version of the novel and film. So you might not have had time to wash your hair for over a week? Who cares when there are show tunes out there as good as this to perk you up?
We think you’ll feel So Much Better after listening to this!
96,000 (From In The Heights)
We could pay off the debts we owe!
We could tell every one we know!
I could get on a plane and go
We’d be swimmin in dough, yo
Remove yourself from the challenges of parenting for a moment and imagine winning big time on the lottery alongside the characters in this song from latin/rap/hip-hop musical ‘In The Heights’ by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Not heard of him yet? You will have soon: since the mid 00’s he’s been steadily making a name for himself on Broadway as the saviour of the modern musical, and last year his newest show ‘Hamilton’ hit the big time. Championed by Michelle and Barack Obama, it won 11 Tony Awards and recently had the biggest single week of ticket sales ever recorded for a Broadway show.
The show is due to open in London in late 2017 and is set to be massive here. Miranda has also contributed songs to the newest Disney film ‘Moana’.
You Can’t Stop The Beat (From Hairspray)
You can’t stop
The motion of the ocean or the rain from above
You can try to stop the paradise we’re dreaming of
But you cannot stop the rhythm of two hearts in love to stay
‘Cause you can’t stop the beat!
You also can’t stop sleep deprivation, fussy eaters, tantrums or toddler defiance (today, anyway). So give in and dance! What a song to lift the spirits.
Sugar Daddy (From Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
If you’ve got some sugar for me
Sugar Daddy, bring it home!
You thought we’d forgotten the tired Dads didn’t you? Turn up the volume daddies, grab another bag of Haribo and let the sugar do the work to get you through!
Here’s Neil Patrick Harris as post-op transgender German songstress, Hedwig, rocking out at the Tony Awards. Who knew Doogie Howser MD / Barney Stinson looked so good in heels while belting B flats!?
Don’t Rain On My Parade (From Funny Girl)
Nobody, no, nobody
Is gonna rain on my parade!
We’ve saved the best for last: it’s Funny Girl. It’s Babs. It’s possibly the most empowering musical theatre song ever!
In one of the most iconic movie musical sequences ever written, Fanny Brice belts her way through this showstopper in defiance of everyone around her as she sails away from New York. Nothing beats Streisand’s version of Jule Styne’s ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ to make you feel like you can take on the world.