'Hello, People; Final Show, People': Lyrics to Rosie O'Donnell's Farewell Opening Number

News   'Hello, People; Final Show, People': Lyrics to Rosie O'Donnell's Farewell Opening Number The final live broadcast of "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" aired in the metropolitan area at 10 AM on ABC-TV.

The final live broadcast of "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" aired in the metropolitan area at 10 AM on ABC-TV.

The hour-long farewell from Broadway maven O'Donnell began with a production number featuring cast members from a slew of Broadway shows. New lyrics were written to the tunes of several theatre songs, and the talk show provided Playbill On-Line with a copy of these words, which follow:

Rosie:
And now it's time to say
Goodbye,
I hadda come to Broadway.
It's where they lift your
spirits high,
I love it so
Final curtain
Last chance, to do a song
and dance
So I came to see my friends
along Broadway.

Thoroughly Modern Millie: (to the tune of "Thoroughly Modern Millie")
Millie (Sutton Foster):
Everyone today is cheering for Rosie
Millie Plus Two Girls:
Can't believe she's leaving us.
Millie:
Everyone adores that special gal so
Millie Plus Four Girls:
Losin' her is grieving us
Millie:
Goodbye, dear Rosie gal
We'll miss you and how
Millie and group:
We're glad we got to say
We love you before your final bow.

Beauty and the Beast: (to the tune of "Be Our Guest")
Belle:
We are stressed,
We're depressed
Cause with Rosie we're obsessed
Belle and Beast: With six seasons of great shows
we've all been blessed
Beast:
May we say, last not leastly
Losing you is beastly
Belle and Beast:
We suggest
get some rest
you're the best. Chicago (to the tune of "Roxie")
All:
The queen of daytime TV will always be
Velma Plus Two:
Rosie
All:
That you are going is a crime
Roxie:
And we think it would be a blast
Velma:
If you would come and join our cast
All:
Rosie, Rosie O

The Producers (to the tune of "We Can Do It")
Max (Brad Oscar):
Please don't go, Ro
Keep the show, Ro
We don't want you to amscray
We're heart broken
Say you're jokin'
And you won't call it a day.
We've heard you sing.
Try producing.
You're the broad of old Broadway!

42nd Street (to the tune of "42nd Street")
All:
Ro, our chum
We're really bummed
Peggy:
Please don't say goodbye
We're all gonna cry
All:
Classy
Brassy
Sassy
Gassy
Our lassie, Rosie O

The Phantom of the Opera (to the tune of "The Phantom of the Opera")
Phantom: (Phantom standby James Romick):
Six seasons you have been
my favorite host.
And so I offer you
this haunting toast.
I hope that time to you will appear.
Don't be a ghost.

(In-studio production number to the tune of "Hello, Dolly")

Rosie: (to the tune of "Hello, Dolly!")
Hello, people
Final show, people
Can't believe that it is time
for my farewell.

Cast:
We've come along, Rosie
With a song, Rosie
Though we wish you wouldn't go, we really wish you well!
Don't dance away, Rosie,
Oh please stay, Rosie
'Cause these last six years
Have gone by in a whoosh, so

Rosie:
Sayin' bye is tough, people
Come help me pack my stuff, people

Cast:
Hard to believe that you're
flinging your last koosh!

Vanessa Williams:
My friend, Rosie
It's the end, Rosie
Your big finish has us all
Singing the blues

John Lithgow:
We'll miss the laughs, Rosie
And the crafts, Rosie
and the way you pine and whine
about your Tommy Cruise!

Cast:
The games you play, Rosie
Those giveaways, Rosie
All the interviews with star of stage and screen,
Oh

Rosie:
Broadway is the best you know
Thanks for being on my show
Knowing you folks has really been a dream

Cast:
You've been a pal, Rosie
What a gal, Rosie
You've supported every single Broadway show
Here's a lifetime pass, Rosie
for your Broadway-lovin' ass, Rosie
See all the musicals and the plays

Rosie:
Now I'll be free for matinees!

Cast:
It's time to kick-off your final show today!

"The Rosie O'Donnell" show will continue airing previously taped but unaired episodes through June 27.

—By Andrew Gans