This seems like an odd subject for a morning happiness, since it’s a song about an assassin, but it makes me happy. Leave it to Stephen Sondheim to write a whole show about people who killed, or attempted to kill Presidents. Leave it to Sondheim to give one of the most beautifully written pieces in the show to John Wilkes Booth. That type of writing, of putting frightening, mad, or, in this case, psychologically disturbing songs into a major(ish) key…I love it.
And I think nobody sang it as well as Victor Garber (you’ve seen him in Titanic, Argo, Sleepless in Seattle, and other flicks) in the original cast:
But for those of you who need another reason to indulge in this fantastic piece of art, here’s a video from the 2004 revival cast with Neil Patrick Harris playing the Balladeer:
The song has one of my favorite lines in all of musicals: “Angry men don’t write the rules, and guns don’t right the wrongs.”