Erika Henningsen Performs Three Musical Dream Roles For Her Broadway Bucket List


Hey, everybody, my name is Erika Henningsen, and I’m playing Cady Heron in “Mean Girls” on Broadway, and this is my Broadway bucket list. (upbeat music) (metal pinging) So the first song is “Now You Know” from “Merrily We Roll Along,” which is one of my favorite musicals. I just love the story of a group of friends kind of going through this business and the ups and downs and the perils that it will inevitably throw at you. I love this song. I love every character in the show, but something about Mary. I’m such a positive person. I kind of enjoy getting to dig into something that’s a little more grounded in cynicism but also reality. She’s just telling it like it is. (upbeat music) ♪ Okay, now you know ♪ ♪ Life is crummy ♪ ♪ Well, now you know ♪ ♪ I mean, big surprise ♪ ♪ People love you and tell you lies ♪ ♪ Bricks can tumble from clear blue skies ♪ ♪ Put your dimple down ♪ ♪ Now you know ♪ ♪ Okay, there you go ♪ ♪ That’s the sum of it ♪ ♪ Now you know ♪ ♪ It’s called flowers wilt ♪ ♪ It’s called apples rot ♪ ♪ It’s called thieves get rich ♪ ♪ And saints get shot ♪ ♪ It’s called God don’t answer prayers a lot ♪ ♪ Okay, now you know ♪ ♪ Okay, now you know ♪ ♪ Now forget it ♪ ♪ Don’t fall apart at the seams ♪ ♪ It’s called letting go your illusions ♪ ♪ And don’t confuse them with dreams ♪ ♪ If they’re going slow ♪ ♪ Don’t regret it ♪ ♪ And don’t let’s go to extremes ♪ ♪ It’s called what’s your choice ♪ ♪ It’s called count to 10 ♪ ♪ It’s called burn your bridges, start again ♪ ♪ You should burn them every now and then ♪ ♪ Or you’ll never grow ♪ ♪ Because now you grow ♪ ♪ That’s the killer is now you grow ♪ ♪ You’re right, nothing’s fair ♪ ♪ And it’s all the plot ♪ ♪ And tomorrow doesn’t look too hot ♪ ♪ Right, you better look at what you’ve got ♪ ♪ Over here, hello ♪ ♪ Okay, now you know ♪ ♪ Right ♪ My second song is “Somebody Somewhere” from “The Most Happy Fella,” which is a soprano song, which I love singing classical music. I love singing golden-age music. It’s something I’ve missed getting to do just playing Cady Heron every night. So I really wanted to sing it for you, especially because Frank Loesser is one of my all-time favorites, and I think this song in particular is so simple. It’s a love song, but it’s just about the possibility of love, which I think is when it’s at it’s most exciting. ♪ Wanting to be wanted ♪ ♪ Needing to be needed ♪ ♪ That’s what it is ♪ ♪ That’s what it is ♪ ♪ Now I’m lucky that somebody, somewhere ♪ ♪ Wants me and needs me ♪ ♪ That’s very wonderful to know ♪ ♪ Somebody lonely wants me to care ♪ ♪ Wants me of all people ♪ ♪ To notice them there ♪ ♪ Well, I want to be wanted ♪ ♪ Need to be needed ♪ ♪ And I’ll admit I’m all a glow ♪ ♪ ‘Cause somebody somewhere ♪ ♪ Wants me and needs me ♪ ♪ Wants lonely me to smile ♪ ♪ And say, hello ♪ ♪ Somebody somewhere ♪ ♪ Wants me and needs me ♪ ♪ And that’s very wonderful ♪ ♪ To know ♪ My third song is “Meadowlark” from “The Baker’s Wife.” It’s a beast of a song. It’s a beast of a role, and it’s one of those shows that I don’t think a lot of people know, so I really wanted to sing it. But I love this character, because I think she grapples with something that we all do at some point, be it in a relationship or job, just a situation in life where you think, I can either stay put, or I can charge ahead into the unknown. So I’m definitely gonna need some bravery to sing this five-minute song. Here we go. (“Meadowlark”) ♪ When I was a girl, I had a favorite story ♪ ♪ Of the meadowlark who lives where the rivers wind ♪ ♪ Her voice can match the angels in its glory ♪ ♪ But she was blind ♪ ♪ The lark was blind ♪ ♪ An old king came and took her to his palace ♪ ♪ Where the walls were burnished bronze with golden braid ♪ ♪ And he fed her fruit and nuts from an ivory chalice ♪ ♪ And he prayed ♪ ♪ Sing for me, my meadowlark ♪ ♪ Sing for me of the silver morning ♪ ♪ Set me free, my meadowlark ♪ ♪ And I’ll buy you a priceless jewel ♪ ♪ And cloth of brocade and crewel ♪ ♪ And I’ll love you for life ♪ ♪ If you will sing for me ♪ ♪ Then one day as the lark sang by the water ♪ ♪ The god of the sun heard her in his flight ♪ ♪ And her singing moved him so, he came and brought her ♪ ♪ The gift of sight ♪ ♪ He gave her sight ♪ ♪ And she opened her eyes to the shimmer and the splendor ♪ ♪ Of this beautiful young god so proud and strong ♪ ♪ And he called to the lark in a voice both rough and tender ♪ ♪ “Come along ♪ ♪ “Fly with me, my meadowlark ♪ ♪ “Fly with me on the silver morning ♪ ♪ “Past the sea where the dolphins bark ♪ ♪ “We will dance on the coral beaches ♪ ♪ “And we’ll feast on the plums and peaches ♪ ♪ “Just as far as your vision reaches ♪ ♪ “Fly with me” ♪ ♪ But the meadowlark said, “No” ♪ ♪ For the old king loved her so ♪ ♪ She couldn’t bear to wound his pride ♪ ♪ So the sun god flew away ♪ ♪ And when the king came down that day ♪ ♪ He found his meadowlark had died ♪ ♪ Every time I heard that part I cried ♪ ♪ And what can I do ♪ ♪ If finally for the first time ♪ ♪ The one I’m burning for returns the blow ♪ ♪ If love has come at last, it’s picked the worst time ♪ ♪ Still I know ♪ ♪ I’ve got to go ♪ ♪ Fly away, meadowlark ♪ ♪ Fly away on a silver morning ♪ ♪ If I stay, I’ll grow to curse the dark ♪ ♪ So it’s off where the days don’t bind me ♪ ♪ I know I leave wounds behind me ♪ ♪ But I won’t let tomorrow find me ♪ ♪ Back this way ♪ ♪ Before my past once again can blind me ♪ ♪ Fly away ♪ ♪ And we won’t wait to say goodbye ♪ ♪ My beautiful young man ♪ ♪ And I ♪ (upbeat music)

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