Opening Numbers
Words and Music by Dottie Burman

Opening Numbers are murder.
They're the hardest to write.
In fact in the theater, they often are written
The day before opening night.
So I've written two opening numbers.
But I don't know which one to pick!
I know what I'll do,
I'll sing them for you
And see if maybe one of them will click.

ANNOUNCER'S VOICE
The over-eager opening.

It's so wonderful
To really be here tonight
Singing my songs just for you.
It's so wonderful!
I'm really me here tonight.
There's nothing in this world
That I'd rather do.
Well not exactly nothing else!
I can think of other things and places.
But it's so wonderful
To really be here tonight
And to see all your lovely smiling faces.
Do I also see a few empty spaces?
Oh well, it's still a thrill to be here tonight!

ANNOUNCER'S VOICE
The kvetch opening.

I've been rehearsing night and day.
I've worked on ev'ry note.
I'm run down and exhausted.
And now I have a sore throat.
I'm getting laryngitis.
My pianist has bronchitis.
But he'll play in spite of his pain.
We'll do our best to entertain
Tho I've got those
"I'm-sorry-I-aplogize-
I-know-I-could-sing-better
But-please-love-me-anyway blues!"

Yes, opening numbers are murder.
They're the hardest to write.
In fact in this very same act
This was written the day before opening night.
Yes, opening numbers are murder.
But without them, something is wrong!
You need an opening number
If you want to sing the second song.
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