Opening Number lyrics - Tootsie

Opening Number lyrics

Opening Number


The night is falling on Manhattan
And soon the daylight will be gone
Anticipation's all around you
As one by one the lights are coming on

And your feet wanna fly
And your pulse wants to raise
'Cause your free and you're young
And you're in the right place

You're right here
You're right now
You're a part of New York
As the night comes alive
In the heart of New York

Nothing more exciting
Nowhere more delicious
Everything's inviting
Everything's the best
Every soul is soaring
Everyone's ambitious
No one here is boring
Nothing in the world
Is like the feeling

(spoken)
The feeling that
Anything is possible here
Even the impossible
Is possibly possible in

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New York

(spoken)
You dream when you're awake
Any dream can be
A dream come true in

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New York

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Underneath this city that is all pavement
Is a city that's all heart

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God, this is exciting
Don't you feel giddy
Man, there is nothing like it
Boy, this is the best

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Stop

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Now your light is shining

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Stop

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Wow, this is a city

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Stop

RON CARLISLE: (spoken)
Stop

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Ron Ron Ron

RON CARLISLE: (spoken)
Stop

MICHAEL DORSEY:
Ron

RON CARLISLE: (spoken)
Alright everybody
Let's all stop the rehearsal again
Because, because Mitchell has
Another compelling question

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
It's Michael, Dorsey
And would my character say
"The city is all heart"?
He is a traumatized war vet
Evicted from his rent-controlled apartment
During the sewage-baked heat of summer
All heart? I don't think so

RON CARLISLE: (spoken)
Where in the history of the printed Libretto
Does it say any of that?

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
It's the back story I gave him

RON CARLISLE: (spoken)
Backstory?
He, he doesn't even have a name
He's "Guy who walks by"

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
My character deserves his truth
I am just saying what every
Other actor on this stage
Is thinking

RON CARLISLE: (spoken)
Lovey, this is a Ron Carlisle show, my vision, me creating a living aggregate out of the imagination of nothing
You want out?
You're out

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Of the whole song?

RON CARLISLE: (spoken)
Ha, of the whole show
Of any show I ever do
In the pantheon of ever
And then even after that
After that

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
This opening number is benign and dishonest
Directed by an inept, derivative hack
And this musical
Sucks

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This is the tale of Michael Dorsey
He is the center of the plot
Is he an actor?
Yes, of course, he is
Is he successful?
Yes, of course, he's not

That doesn't mean he isn't real good
No one in town would disagree
He really could be good as Gielgud
But you won't see his name on the marquee

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Carla, I threw it all away for you
Just to cross that bridge, Carla
That damn grey bridge

DIRECTOR 1: (spoken)
That's fine Mr. Dorsey
We're looking for someone younger

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Oh, I can be younger

DIRECTOR 1: (spoken)
Actually, We're looking for someone shorter

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Oh wait
See, I can be shorter

DIRECTOR 1: (spoken)
Actually, were looking for somebody different

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Sounds to me like you don't know
What the hell you're looking for

DIRECTOR 1: (spoken)
We're looking for somebody else
Get out!

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And now there is something quite familiar
He feels it rising like the moon
He's feeling victimized and bitter
Like nothing good is gonna happen soon
The odor of humiliation
Begins to permeate the room
The putrid stench of it surrounds him like
An inexpensive prostitute's perfume

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Mommy, daddy, come quick
Something's wrong with Biscuit
He was chasing his tail
And then he fell down the well

DIRECTOR 2: (spoken)
That's good, but can you do it happier?

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Happier?
The kid's dog just plunged down a well to its death
Why would he be happy?

DIRECTOR 2: (spoken)
'Cuz Im the director
And that's how the playwright wrote it

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
Then tell the playwright he's wrong

DIRECTOR 2: (spoken)
I'm also the playwright
Get out!

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And his feet start to throb
And his head starts to ache
As he can't get a job
And he can't catch a break

MEN:
But he's free
And he's young

WOMEN:
He's not young

MEN:
Yeah, that's true

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[?] on to someone
Who's exactly not you!

Someone more exciting
Someone more attractive
Someone they can deal with
Not a snotty jerk
They need someone nicer
Someone less reactive
Can you really blame them?
Will he ever work?

DIRECTOR 3: (spoken)
Get out!

ENSEMBLE:
Wow, he's batting zero
Dude, he's so pathetic
How does he keep going
Maybe he should stop
No! It's gonna happen
Soon they'll all be clapping
Soon he's gonna make it
He's gonna make it to the top
He's gonna make it to the top
He's gonna make it to the

MICHAEL DORSEY: (spoken)
No more orders
Kitchen's closed!

ENSEMBLE:
...Top
Last Update: July, 05th 2020


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