Today’s song is a perfect fit for my Valentine’s Day-week medley: “Who Wants To Be Married?” from Leading Lady. Though I wasn’t thinking about it at the time, this song shares a similar point of view with a number of the songs in Stephen Sondheim’s score for “Company,” songs like “The Little Things You Do Together,” “Whaddya Wanna Get Married For?” and “Being Alive.” It acknowledges that marriage can be less than ideal – “a constant restraint/a cause for complaint” – while simultaneously celebrating the fact that every day millions of folks fall in love and get married.
This version of the song was performed by Alex Bechtel and Clare O’Malley in a September 2013 reading. These two former students are doing terribly well for themselves, I have to say: she’s currently appearing at the Walnut Street Theater in Private Lives, while he’s in Into The Woods currently at Theater Horizon. Clare and librettist Seth Bauer were both was kind enough to jot down some commentary about the song which you can read further down in the post.