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    Ever wondered what would happen if Broadway composers and lyricists decided to set their fair gaze and talents on Louisville’s unique charms? The drama, the intrigue, the subcultures, and the excitement?

    Okay—probably not.

    But you have me to wonder these things for you, with the jazz-hand-inducing results below:

    “Louisville Summer Construction”— “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical Les Miserables

    There was a time when roads were clear

    When all lanes were fast

    And drivers were rapid.

    There you could drive without a fear

    Of a slow crawl along

    I-65 or the Gene Snyder

    There was a time

    Then it all went wrong.

    I dreamed a dream in time gone by

    With highways clear

    And bridges open

    But orange construction cones appeared

    My trust in the Highway Authority broken.

    I sat behind a string of cars

    Feeling like I’ve come so far already

    The black streets smelling of fresh tar

    No movement forth

    No movement steady

    But I’ve only moved a mile

    Construction trucks roll by like thunder

    All doubling your commute-time

    And tearing your social life to shreds.

    “Feels Like Derby”— “I Feel Pretty” from the musical West Side Story

    Feels like Derby,

    Feels like Derby

    Not Thurby, or Preakness, or Oaks!

    And I worry

    That all of my bets will be slowpokes.

    Feels like race day,

    Just like race day,

    At the Downs the first weekend in May

    Feels like Derby

    An afternoon of Louisville horseplay.

    See that thoroughbred on the racetrack there,

    Look at that striking horse run!

    Such a speedy clip,

    Galloping so fast,

    Rounding to finish,

    Just two minutes—and won!

    “Live! On Fourth Street” – “42nd Street” from the musical 42nd Street

    In the heart of our River City

    You’ll find a street decked in flair

    It’s the part of our River City

    That’s one uproarious affair.

    It’s neon-decked, liquor-flecked,

    If you’ve got a little time to spare,

    I want to take you there.

    Come and meet those dancing feet,

    On the avenue I'm taking you to...

    Come and meet those dancing feet,

    On the avenue I'm taking you to,

    Live! On Fourth Street

    Hear the beat of dancing feet,

    It's the song I love the melody of,

    Live! On Fourth Street.

    “Hipsters”— “Memory” from the musical Cats


    Sipping cocktails in Nulu

    Playing Ping-Pong at Garage Bar

    Thriving on irony.

    They remember

    Bands when they were called something different

    And remind you so tiredly.

    Any other Broadway songs that should be given the Louisville treatment? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @louisvillecom.

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    About Ashlie Danielle Stevens

    I'm a journalist and creative nonfiction writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. My freelance work has been featured in The Guardian US, Paste Magazine, Louisville Magazine STORY Magazine, STIR Journal, Mapquest Discover, Thrillist Louisville with pieces upcoming at Salon, Mental Floss, Serious Eats and Munchies. I also spend my spare time chasing food trucks.

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