THE POPTIMISTS - Everyone
A typical big show biz opening for an industrial show.
The audience will get an idea of the frightening upbeat
energy of the cast. Of course there's a roll call
(with one cast member almost being left out completely).
BOY CRAZY! - Stacy & Girls
Pretty much what it sounds like. A perky little
number reminiscent in style of "Calendar Girl" by Neil
Sedaka. But not only is STACY boy crazy, she seems to
really like boys a bit more than the innocent sound
of the song might suggest.
I JUST CAN'T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW! - Michael
The happy-go-lucky nerd of the show sings an upbeat soft
shoe about how amazing science is now, and where it might be
headed in the future.
THE MATH OF LIFE - Kim
Supposedly written by KIM herself, she tells how simple math
functions can help enhance life. But as her math
terminology gets more and more complex, the cast is left
further and further behind-mentally.
GETTIN' DOWN, GETTIN' UP - Wanda
A funky number about taking charge of your own future.
The black female cast member lets loose after all the
somewhat square numbers which have come before them.
I'M COMIN' HOME - Andy
The comedian of the group, ANDY sings a "Jim Croce" like
guitar folk song about hitting the road -- and what he finds
there ... sort of.
THE POWER OF TODAY - Everyone
The out-and-out commercial for the show's sponsor
DynoSunCo. We think it's all about solar power,
but it turns into a love song to nuclear power (which the
cast members pronounce "nu-cyuh-lar".)
HIGHER THAN THE SKY - Derek & Julie
At first it seems like a power ballad about meeting a love
for the first time. But just in case the audience
doesn't catch on to the actual meaning, it's given away
right before the last note as the duo takes a final breath
--through their lips.
UP THE MOUNTAIN - Wanda, Billy & Cast
A good old gospel song, raucous and hand clapping
--although most of the cast members insist on clapping on
beats 1 and 3. Also, the soloists each sing themselves
into a corner, and find funny ways out.
REACHING PAST THE MOON - Stacy
STACY sings about how dreams can come true, and maybe
even if you have to do it yourself, but it'd be easier
marrying a rich guy. Also, musically, this has a few
stumbling blocks as well.
JOINING HANDS - Julie & Cast
The "feel good" song with (hopefully) audience
participation, as JULIE-the peacenik-tries to show everyone
how peace can be achieved by first joining hands
together. Good luck with that, JULIE.
IT'S BUENO! - Mimi & Derek
Yes, it's a trip down Mexico way, mixing English and
some actual Spanish words, too! Add in a quick little
dance between MIMI and DEREK, and you have the essence of
this America-centric song.
BIG MAN ON CAMPUS - Boys
Now it's the guys' turn -- to turn on their clean cut macho
charm and sing about being the most popular guys at school.
And why those kind of guys aren't always as cool as they
want you to think they are
NOT SO DIFF'RENT - Everyone
A tribute to the equality of everyone on Earth. Of
course by the end of the song, the white kids are on one
side of the stage, and the other kids are on the opposite
side. Will anyone notice?
THE RED, WHITE AND BLUES - Everyone
A star-spangled mangling of American history that would
make John Philip Sousa cry -- but not in a good way.
If the audience doesn't start clapping in the middle of the
first verse, they're obviously Communists.
FINALE - WE'RE THE POPTIMISTS - Everyone
Time to say goodbye, with one last plug for