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Do you ever just have those days where you need a little pick-me-up? What better place to turn than performances on some of the nation’s greatest stages. Here are the top picks!

1. Defying Gravity – Wicked. Performed by the original cast of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth as Elphaba and Glinda, this classic is sure to lift you up–literally (don’t miss Elphaba’s levitation at the end!). “Everyone deserves the chance to fly!”

2. You Can’t Stop the Beat – Hairspray. This up-beat song is guaranteed to get you dancing, performed by the 2007 Broadway cast with Shannon Durig as Tracy. “You can try to stop my dancin’ feet, but I just cannot stand still!”

3. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! – Mary Poppins. Remember when you tried to learn how to spell that? This song will surely get you singing, even if you still can’t spell it. Performed by Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee as Mary Poppins and Bart.

4. Take Me or Leave Me – Rent. Almost 20 years since its opening, Rent–and especially this song–is surely a classic. Performed by the original cast of Idina Menzel and Fredi Walker as Maureen and Joanne. “Take me for who I am, who I was meant to be!”

5. Seasons of Love – Rent. Speaking of Rent, here’s another classic–except this time, it’s from Rent’s final performance, 12 years later. Performed by the 2008 Broadway cast. “In daylights, in sunsets? In midnights, in cups of coffee? In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife? In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes? How do you measure, a year in the life?”

6. Highlight Reel – Mamma Mia! These excerpts from timeless favorites are bound to lift your spirits. “Mamma mia, here I go again. My my, how can I resist you?” and “You are the Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only seventeen!”

7. Masquerade – Phantom of the Opera. How can this upbeat song not leave you smiling? “Masquerade! Burning glances, turning heads… Masquerade! Stop and stare at the sea of smiles around you!”

8. Circle of Life – Lion King. Even if you’re not a Broadway song, you’re bound to know this one. Performed by Tsidii Le Loka and the 1998 chorus, this timeless treasure is just as good 16 years ago as it is today. “It’s the Circle of Life, and it moves us all through despair and hope, through faith and love.”

9. Tomorrow – Annie. How can we resist little orphan Annie? Especially when she reminds us about the sun always coming out tomorrow? Performed by Lilla Crawford as Annie. “When I’m stuck in the day that’s grey and lonely, I just stick up my chin and grin and say oh… The sun’ll come out tomorrow!”

10. Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast. Another Disney classic that’s hard to refrain from singing along to. Performed by the original Broadway cast. “Be our guest! Be our guest! Get your worries off your chest!”

11. What I Did for Love – A Chorus Line. Performed by Natalie Cortez and the 2006 Broadway cast, this song is sure to melt your heart. “Kiss today goodbye, the sweetness and the sorrow. Wish me luck, the same to you.”

12. A Whole New World – Aladdin. Disney does it again. How could anyone resist this song? This show just recently opened on Broadway, and this is performed by the original Broadway cast. “But when I’m way up here, it’s crystal clear that now I’m in a whole new world with you.”

13. I Got Rhythm – Crazy for You. Put on your tap-dancing shoes for this number. Performed by the original Broadway cast. “I got rhythm, I got music, I got my man– Who could ask for anything more?”

14. America – West Side Story. Don’t we all love America? Performed by the 2009 Broadway cast, this song will surely get you singing along. “I like the shores of America! Comfort is yours in America!”

15. Always Starting Over – If/Then. If nothing else lifted your spirits, at least this can remind you that we’re always starting over every brand new morning. An original and brand new Broadway show that just opened this year, this song is sure to go down in history. Performed by Idina Menzel. “If we’re always starting over every brand new morning, then we’re always starting out with the end in doubt.”

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Annie Schugart is a high school senior from Kansas City, but she will be heading to the East Coast next year to attend Harvard. Annie is editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper, plays flute and was a part of the U.S. Army All-American Band, is the president of the National Teen Council, loves to dance, and is an avid tie-dye enthusiast. She hopes to run for president in 2032, and she hopes someday you'll join her and the world will be as one. ☮

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