Finale Ultimo, from Gemini the Musical (Day 189)

I love the funny quirky terminology of the musical, and “Finale Ultimo” is right at the top of my list of beloved musical theater jargon. The ultimate end, the last music you hear before the applause begins and the actors take their bows. The “Finale Ultimo” of Project 194 is just a few days away, and I’m wrapping up Gemini the Musical by posting this track from 2004. There’s no real singing, so no lyrics to transcribe, just a spirited reprise of “Happy Birthday, Francis” to underscore the final moments of the play. Listen close and you’ll hear Linda Hart on the phone calling “Uncle Albert and Uncle Charlie” – a bit of spontaneous editing that she did in this scene. Final words: “I think they’re gonna make it!”

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