As the mercury rises and we trade our sweaters for swimwear, it’s time to turn up the heat with a playlist that captures the essence of summer straight from the Broadway stage. Here’s a sun-soaked selection of the best summer-related songs in musical theatre that will make you want to dance, sing, and maybe even take a spontaneous trip to the beach.

1. “Summer Nights” – Grease

Let’s kick things off with a classic! “Summer Nights” from Grease is the quintessential summer anthem. This catchy duet between Sandy and Danny reminisces about their summer romance, filled with fun and frolic. It’s impossible not to tap your feet and sing along with the ensemble. Plus, it’s perfect for those warm, nostalgic evenings when you’re daydreaming about past summer loves.

2. “Under the Sea” – The Little Mermaid

Dive into the aquatic allure of “Under the Sea” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. This calypso-inspired number sung by the charming Sebastian will transport you to an underwater paradise. With its vibrant melody and upbeat tempo, it’s a perfect song to listen to while lounging by the pool or planning your next beach adventure.

3. “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” – Carousel

Celebrate the arrival of summer with “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. This jubilant song bursts with the energy and excitement of the season. With its lively chorus and exuberant orchestration, it paints a picture of blooming flowers and sunny skies, making it an ideal choice for a summer celebration soundtrack.

4. “Summertime” – Porgy and Bess

A true gem in the world of musical theatre, “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess is a soulful, soothing ballad that epitomizes the lazy, hazy days of summer. Its languid tempo and beautiful melody evoke images of warm breezes, swaying trees, and peaceful afternoons, making it perfect for unwinding as the sun sets.

5. “Summer in Ohio” – The Last Five Years

For a humorous twist on summer, look no further than “Summer in Ohio” from The Last Five Years. This song, sung by Cathy, humorously laments spending a summer away from New York in Ohio in order to take a shot at her dream of becoming an actress. Its witty lyrics and catchy tune provide a playful perspective on the season, perfect for a light-hearted summer sing-along.

6. “A Weekend in the Country” – A Little Night Music

Plan a summer escape with “A Weekend in the Country” from Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. This song is a delightful romp that conjures up the complex joy and anticipation of a countryside getaway. It’s a sophisticated and charming piece that adds a touch of class to any summer soirée.

7. “In Summer” – Frozen

No summer playlist is complete without a touch of Olaf! “In Summer” from Disney’s Frozen is an adorably optimistic song about everyone’s favorite snowman dreaming of summer. It’s whimsical, cheerful, and filled with the infectious energy of someone experiencing summer for the first time.

8. “Seasons of Love” – Rent

While not strictly a summer song, “Seasons of Love” from Rent is a beautiful reflection on the passage of time and the seasons we cherish. Its heartfelt lyrics and moving melody make it a perfect song to appreciate the moments of joy and love that summer brings.

9. “Too Darn Hot” – Kiss Me, Kate

Feel the summer heat with “Too Darn Hot” from Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. This jazzy number captures the sweltering intensity of a hot summer day, making it perfect for those scorching afternoons when the temperature is just too darn high. Its lively rhythm and playful lyrics make it a fantastic addition to any summer playlist.

10. “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” – Oklahoma!

Start your summer mornings right with “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from Oklahoma! This uplifting song celebrates the joy of waking up to a perfect summer day. With its cheerful lyrics and buoyant melody, it’s an ideal tune to kickstart a day filled with sunshine and possibilities.

11. “Bali Ha’i” – South Pacific

Transport yourself to an exotic island with “Bali Ha’i” from South Pacific. This dreamy, evocative song invites listeners to an idyllic, tropical paradise, making it a perfect backdrop for summer fantasies. Its lush orchestration and mystical lyrics create a sense of longing for distant shores and sun-soaked days.

12. “Hot Stuff” – Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Let’s finish off our summer round up with a bit of disco! The Queen of Disco’s hit song “Hot Stuff”, as heard in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, tells of steamy nights and joyful independence. Whether you’re hitting the karaoke or dancing in your back yard, it’s a perfect sing-along for those days when you’re feeling the summer vibes.

So there you have it, a sizzling selection of showtunes that capture the spirit of summer! Whether you’re lounging by the pool, hitting the road for a summer adventure, or simply dreaming of sunnier days, these songs will bring a touch of Broadway magic to your summer soundtrack. Happy listening and enjoy the sunshine! 🌞🎶🎭

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