It's just this little chromium switch, here... (derspatchel) wrote,
It's just this little chromium switch, here...

A valentine song from 1928... well, sorta.

The Drowsy Chaperone, for a show under two hours, has a whole biplane-load of catchy, singable songs with some clever word construction and whatnot -- a blindfolded bridegroom on rollerskates, for example, singing "I'm An Accident Waiting To Happen." Or his bride-to-be, a Broadway star who's giving it all up to marry him, singing a song about how she no longer wants to show off... but of course, she ends up showing off in a big production number. And then there's Adolpho, the Latin lothario who wants to make sure joo know his name, and that he can sing his name very fast -- adlfo! -- or very slowly ("I would do eet now, but eet would take hours.")

One of the sweeter subplots (if indeed this show can claim to have "plots" whatsoever) is the budding romance between Mrs. Tottendale, the aging dowager who is hosting the wedding at her palatial estate, and Underling, her faithful and somewhat appropriately-named butler. Mrs. Tottendale is ... not quite with it. Her elevator hasn't gone to the top since the elevator was invented. In the show-within-the-show, Mrs. Tottendale is played by the former vaudeville star Ukelele Lil; in our reality, or what passes for it, Georgia Engel plays the role on Broadway. She's also known for playing Ted Baxter's dimwitted wife Georgette on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and, appropriately, Mrs. Tottendale is an older verison of Georgette: sweet, kind, and innocently stupid. Underling, of course, is the right and proper butler type, who often gets frustrated at Mrs. Tottendale's complete lack of understanding... well, anything. But he likes her anyway.

Of course, they have a lovely duet in the second act where they finally realize they have a thing for each other. Originally, the duet was a ditty called "I Remember Love", which had cute lyrics ("I remember 'oink' / I remember 'moo' / I remember petting something furry at the zoo / And I remember love -- at least, I think I do") but wasn't quite enough. The replacement song, "Love Is Always Lovely In The End", is much more charming, full of delicious internal rhymes, a sweetly warped premise and has one of my favorite off-handed jokes in the show (the 'tragedy' exchange.) I'll throw the lyrics in under the cut. I'm not sure why there's a big block o' whitespace before the table; but hey, that's love LiveJournal parsing HTML for you.

Love Is Always Lovely In The End

TOTTENDALE: Love makes lovers worry
Love makes lovers fret
But here's a fact on which we can depend
Just like long ago, when Romeo loved Juliet
Love is always lovely in the end.

UNDERLING: Romeo and Juliet was a tragedy, Madame!
TOTTENDALE: Oh, I never read reviews.

Love can start a quarrel
Love can cause a din
But love has always been a trusty friend
T'was a happy fate for Hank the Eight and Anne Boleyn
Love is always lovely in the end.

UNDERLING: I must point out, Madame, that Anne Boleyn lost her head!
TOTTENDALE: Yes, she was in love!

Love was good to Eve and Adam

UNDERLING: Here we go again!

TOTTENDALE: And Samson and Delilah, too

UNDERLING: Good grief!

May I pose a question, Madame?

TOTTENDALE: Why yes, of course!

(he takes her hands)


Why does nothing I say to you ever get through?

Don't mind if I do!

(cute dance goes here)




Love is always lovely in the end...

Love sneaks up behind you
Love drops from above
But love would never consciously offend
Love has certainly been kind to me and my true love
Love is always lovely in the end.

But your late husband was a brute...

I don't mean him, you silly coot!

UNDERLING: ...oh! Madame!



Love is always lovely

Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Love is always lovely in the end!
Love is always lovely in the end!

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