Broadway Preaches: Action for Justice

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Here me now, oh thou bleak and unbearable world:
Thou art base and debauched as can be,1 [but] just because you find that life’s not fair,
it doesn’t mean that you just have to grin and bear it.2
The play isn’t over by a long shot yet: There are heroes in the world!3

Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me?4
‘Cause just to sit still would be a sin.5
And though you’ll never know all the steps, you must learn to join the dance.6
Maybe you’re going to fall, but it’s better than not starting at all.7

Realise that everyone is fighting just like you.8 Fight just a little.9
I’ll always be there, as frightened as you, to help us survive being alive.10
Wrongs will be righted, if we’re united; let us seize the day.11

Make them hear you.

And tell them in our struggle, we were not the only ones:12
Tomorrow, there’ll be more of us13 willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause.14
Let the new day dawn15…the sun will rise.16


1 “I, Don Quixote”, Man of La Mancha (Colm Wilkinson)
2 “Naughty”, Matilda (Royal Shakespeare Company)
3 “There Won’t Be Trumpets”, Anyone Can Whistle (Bernadette Peters)
4 “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, Les Miserables (1985 Cast Recording)
5 “I Know Where I’ve Been”, Hairspray (Queen Latifah)
6 “Through Heaven’s Eyes”, The Prince of Egypt (Brian Stokes Mitchell)
7 “Everybody Says Don’t”, Anyone Can Whistle (Mandy Patinkin)
8 “Anyone But Me”, Real Women (written by Jackie Ozorio and Matt Samer)
9 “She Used to Be Mine”, Waitress (Sara Bareilles)
10 “Being Alive”, Company (Bernadette Peters)
11 “Seize the Day”, Newsies (Original Broadway Cast)
12 “Make Them Hear You”, Ragtime (Brian Stokes Mitchell)
13 “The Story of Tonight”, Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast)
14 “The Impossible Dream”, Man of La Mancha (Colm Wilkinson)
15 “Till We Reach that Day”, Ragtime (Original Broadway Cast)
16 “Endless Night”, The Lion King (Jason Raize)

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