Running the Show, from Leading Lady (Day 147)

Entrepreneurship – that’s a magic word these days, isn’t it? Everyone gets to be his (or her) own boss in the brave new world of the future. Of course, entrepreneurship is nothing new, and there was a time when self-employment was the only kind of employment there was. In today’s song from Leading Lady, Frank tries to persuade Mae to leave Poli’s payroll and the faltering tour of “The Daughter of Mother Machree” in order to start a “little family business,” the Mae Desmond Players. Alex Bechtel and Clare O’Malley make the idea sound irresistable!

Frank: What would you say if we all could be together?

Mae: I’d say it sounds like a dream!

Frank: I know a way that we all could be together.
Frank Fielder’s got a little scheme.

“Mother Machree’s” brought you fame
Made you a household name
Now you’re a star, you’re respected, well-known!
Let’s start a company of our own!

“The Mae Desmond Players.”
It’s got a ring to it, a certain zing to it.
Whaddya say?
Why slave away for a buck a day?
We get to keep the profits
At the end of the play
when we’re The Mae Desmond Players!
With all you bring to it,
We’ll be in clover, I know.
Yes, our success will be stunning
when we’re finally running the show.

What would you say to a little family business?

Mae: It sounds too good to be true…

Frank: We’ll stick together in our little family business,
Just like the Barrymores do.

You’ll be the top of the bill,
I’ll be in charge of the till.

Mae: My sister Bernice could appear in the show

Frank: Little Jamie too, in a year or so

Both: “The Mae Desmond Players.”
It’s got a ring to it, a certain zing to it.

Frank: Whaddya say?
Fighting with the management
Can make you cross

Both: But nothing could be better
Than to be your own boss

Let’s start The Mae Desmond Players!

Frank: With all you bring to it,
I can see how it will go.

Both: Yes, our success will be stunning
when we’re finally running the show.

[Dialog.]

Mae: It’s time to start
“The Mae Desmond Players.”
It’s got a ring to it, a certain zing to it.
Whaddya say?
Yes, you made me famous, but I made you rich.
I don’t owe a thing to you, you son of a bitch!

Both: We’ll start The Mae Desmond Players!
With all we bring to it,
I can see how it will go.
Yes, our success will be stunning
When we’re finally running the show!

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