"I Am What I Am" – La Cage Aux Folles
John Pierson: I Am What I Am, no question
Parker Parrish: Obviously I am What I Am – god bless Jerry!
Elizabeth Anne Adler: I Am What I AM from that perfect show "La Cage Aux Folles"
Jack Rollins: I Am What I Am from La Cage!!!! The song is such a powerful way to end Act 1! I jam to the song all the time!
June Dollar: Oh yes! "I Am What I Am"
With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Harvey Fierstein, La Cage aux Folles first opened on Broadway in 1983, winning six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score. The show follows a flamboyant gay couple who must pretend to be straight for one night, with one of them in drag. Here, Sunset Boulevard star John Barrowman performs the hit tune on the Paul O'Grady Show in 2009.
"Ring of Keys" - Fun Home
Natoli Barbera: Ring of Keys
Tyler Marshall: Ring of Keys.
Sydney Lucas' performance of "Ring of Keys," dedicated to an "old school butch" delivery woman, is a pivotal moment when young Alison discovers she feels connected to something different; "I Know You," she sings longingly. Fun Home, the Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori musical, tells the story of Alison's self-discovery as a lesbian contrasted with her father's own life of secrecy as a gay man.
"If You Were Gay" - Avenue Q
Harley Ann Kulp: If You Were Gay – Avenue Q
Cody Kazaam Kopka: "If you were gay"
Rory Leech: If you were gay from Avenue Q
In Avenue Q, the story of a group of friends (and monsters) living in a lower-income neighborhood of New York and trying to "make it," Nicky struggles to tell his friend Rod that it's okay to be gay. The two share a bedroom and apartment and Nicky senses that Rod is gay, but it takes a long journey of self-discovery for him to come out and find happiness.
"You Can't Take the Color Out of Colorado" - When Pigs Fly
Jeffery Rockey: "Color Out of Colorado" from "When Pigs Fly". It's practically a gay national anthem anyway.
When Pigs Fly is a gay musical revue in two acts conceived by Howard Crabtree and Mark Waldrop, with music by Dick Gallagher and lyrics by co-conceiver and director Waldrop. The two were long-time collaborators, with Crabtree passing away five days after having completed the work.
"Defying Gravity" - Wicked
Sammy Tanner: Defying Gravity - the whole subtext of Wicked is about outcasts
"Defying Gravity" is often considered the signature song from Wicked, the long-running Broadway musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman. The song is the finale for the show's first act, when Elphaba vows to do everything in her power to set things right and is ultimately about defying one's personal limits or constraints. It is sung by Idina Menzel on the cast recording.
"Don't Rain On My Parade" - Funny Girl
Lauren Salazar: Don't Rain On My Parade…A great anthem that says "I'm going to live my life the way I want, no matter what you say about it!"
Janet Kane: Brady Don't rain on my parade
Reilly Shingler: "Don't Rain on My Parade"
Ivan Mendoza: Don't rain on my parade!
An iconic Barbra Streisand number, "Don't Rain on My Parade" is a classic song from the Broadway musical Funny Girl, with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart. Streisand performed the role both on Broadway and in the Oscar-winning film version.
"Just Be" - Kinky Boots
Pao Allen: Raise you up/just be from Kinky boots
James Winer: "Just Be" from Kinky Boots!
Anne Jiang: Just Be!!!!
Billy Porter shines as the inspiring Lola in Kinky Boots, the Tony-winning musical by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein. In "Just Be" the message to be yourself is celebrated, as the central character of Charlie Price learns to find his own identity and defy his father's expectations.