I cannot believe that the same man who composed “The Age of Anxiety” composed this plain and direct but utterly wonderful Tin-Pan-Alleyesque tune. Betty Comden and Adolph Green penned the lyrics. That’s, omigod, Frederica von Stade, with famous Leutonian composer John Williams at the piano. At Tanglewood, 1988, for the “Bernstein at 70!” bash.
Remember what it was like to go to a closing night cast party? When it gets really late and the booze is almost gone and the coke is certainly gone but no one’s tired and no one’s ready to go home? And then around three a.m. what’s left of the chorus crowds around the piano and sings songs like “I Enjoy Being a Girl” and “A Boy Like That” with cheesy accents—only they’re all guys? Well, imagine my surprise to find Lin-Manuel Miranda and Raul Esparza re-enact what I thought was just a bourbon-induced hallucination of my early womanhood.