May 14, 2023
It wasn’t better Off-Broadway, where in “Lucy,” motherhood was depicted as a bleak class struggle.
On the other hand, there are loving, supportive mothers in “Life of Pi” and “Prima Facie,” and interesting, complicated ones in “Summer, 1976.” and “Leopoldstadt” — one of the few times you actually see a mother with a child (as you did with an actual mother who co-starred with her infant son in Off-Off Broadway’s “Mothermotherland”) There is a wronged mother in “Sweeney Todd,” and a mourning mother in “1776.”
Two versions of the song “Mama Look Sharp” from “1776” are presented in videos below, along with eight other Broadway songs. Katie Boeck sings and Sandra Mae Frank signs “Mamma Who Bore Me” from Spring Awakening; Carol Woods sings “When You’re Good To Mama” from Chicago; the cast of “Mamma Mia” sings and dances to the title song; Alex Newell belts out “Mama Will Provide” from Once on This Island; Sophia Ann Caruso sing s”Dead Mom” from Beetlejuice. Also: “If Mama Was Married” from Gypsy; “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now” from Hairspray; “Don’t Tell Mama” from Cabaret.
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