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This Sunday (May 10th) is Mother’s Day. In celebration, here is my playlist celebrating the best (and worst) moms in musicals!

1.) “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitress: The Musical

I didn’t connect with “Waitress: The Musical” until after my mother passed away. Now I can’t stop the tears from falling every time I hear this song.


2.) “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy

Rose is probably the most famous stage mother in all of musical theater. Who doesn’t love this moment when Rose decides that it’s her turn to take the spotlight!


3.) “(Hey, Mama) Welcome To The Sixties!” from Hairspray

Edna is one of my absolute favorite musical mothers! It’s a dream role of mine. I love this moment when her daughter Tracy takes her out of the apartment and introduces her to the wonders of the 1960’s and shows her that even big girls can be glamorous!


4.) “Little Girls” from Annie

“We love you, Miss Hannigan!” Despite the fact that she’s an awful human being!


5.) “Slipping Through My Fingers” from Mamma Mia!

Donna from Mamma Mia! has quickly become one of the most legendary musical mothers. She raised her daughter on a Greek island mostly alone while trying to convert an old farm into a resort. Stong woman coming through right here!


6.) “Stay With Me” from Into the Woods

Is it possible to be legendary and terrifying all at the same time? My mom certainly could be! And Bernadette Peters does it so well right here!


7.) “Getting To Know You” from The King and I

Anna certainly had her hands full when she got to know the king of Siam and his many, many children.


8.) “Mama Will Provide” from Once On This Island

Mothers tend to be the ultimate providers, but let’s not forget the ultimate mother of all… Mother Earth. She provides us will all we need.


9.) “Spread A Little Sunshine” from Pippin

Mothers tend to do anything they can to make sure their children are happy and successful, but this mother takes it a little too far as she plots to murder in order to ensure her child becomes king. Tale as old as time!


10.) “Mama, A Rainbow” from Minnie’s Boys

This musical is about the famous Marx brothers, and Minnie is the woman who raised the four boys who would become the legendary comedic powerhouses.


About the author:

Lyric Burt is a local artist and social media director. He studied Theater Production at Portland State University’s College of the Arts School of Theatre & Film. He’s usually found with a camera in his hand taking photos and capturing video, or in a corner tweeting about the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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