Okay, so yesterday I mentioned songs in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown that are little known, and posted one of my favorites in the show that fits well-into that category. But this one is even less known, even to people who love the cast album and have listened to it repeatedly -- because the song is not even on it! And I absolutely love it for a couple of reasons -- one is that it's a lunatic idea for a song, and I love the kind of mind that would think of doing it, and two, I admire that they used a song that wasn't original, which is so deeply rare for a musical, so I love the selflessness of that.
It's a difficult song to perform, requiring challenging timing, since the words (as you'll see) pour out quickly over one another, and much of the humor of the song is its overlapping, and the words have to be song clearly enough over the arrangement. (In fact, I tried to find a live performance video of this, because it's perfectly fun when performed live and also hearing the audience reaction at how unexpected it is. But none of that found handled it clearly enough, and that 1973 animated TV special does.)
So, this below is why I love "The Glee Club Rehearsal."
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