BOXING DAY PANTOMIME
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Saturday 26th December 2020
Today is Boxing Day. So where is Christmas Day.
“It’s behind you!” We all shout. “Oh no it isn’t”
Which reminds us that traditionally Boxing Day is the day we all go to the pantomime.
That is not quite as easy as it sounds this year with the Covid-19 lockdown.
So instead, here is a list of familiar pantomime tunes so that you can imagine you were at the pantomime.
Oh no we can’t.
Oh yes you can.
- I Gotta Feelin’ by the Black Eyed Peas.
- Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves.
- Comedy Tonight from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
- Reach by S Club 7.
- Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO.
- Domino by Jesse J..
- Let Me Entertain You by Robbie Williams.
- Bring Me Sunshine by Sylvia Dee and Arthur Kent. A gentle opening song, and with happy memories of the timeless comedy of Morecambe and Wise.
- Celebration by Kool and the Gang. Wonderful song and does what it says on the tin!
- Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray.
- Flash Bang Wallop from Half a Sixpence.
- Footloose by Kenny Loggins.
- Live While We’re Young by One Direction.
- Holiday by Madonna.
- Happy by Pharrell Williams.
- Dancing on the Ceiling by Lionel Richie.
- Cinderella by Langhorne Slim.
- Everything is Awesome from the Lego Movie.
DAME/UGLY SISTER SONGS
- I’m a Woman by Peggy Lee. Splendidly sassy number for the Dame.
- Working Nine to Five by Dolly Parton. Dame’s usually have lots to do…!
- Big Spender from Sweet Charity.
- I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred.
- It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls.
- Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyonce.
- Sisters Are Doin’ it for Themselves by the Eurythmics.
- Find Out What They Like from Ain’t Misbehavin’. Very good for the sexually voracious dame!
- Man! I Feel Like A Woman by Shania Twain. Brilliant Dame’s song.
- I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today from Avenue Q. Very short and very funny!
- The Showgirl Must Go On by Bette Middler.
- Gorgeous from the Apple Tree.
- What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. A wonderful warm song.
- Count on Me by Bruno Mars.
- You Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman.
- Busy Doin’ Nothing from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Great buddies song.
- Together Wherever We Go from Gypsy.
- Without You by David Guetta.
- All of Me John Legend.
- It Must Be Love by Labi Siffre.
- What Do I Do Now? from A Slice of Saturday Night.
- The Best Song Ever by One Direction.
- Grow Old With Me by Tom Odell.
- Stuck Like Glue by Sugarland.
- She’s the One by Robbie Williams.
- If I Loved You from Carousel.
- Daydream Believer by Neil Diamond.
- Everything I Do, I Do It For You by Bryan Adams.
- Wedding Day by Hot Buttered Rum.
- Four Horses by Passenger.
- I Would Walk Five Hundred Miles by the Proclaimers.
- Tonight (We Live Forever) Union J.
- Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood.
- Bad Romance by Lady Gaga.
- Thriller by Michael Jackson.
- Monster Mash by Bobbie “Boris” Pickett.
- Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones.
- Bad Guys from Bugsy Malone.
- Trouble by Leiber and Stoller. Made famous by Elvis Presley. Lovely, in your face, bad assed song!
- Should I Stay or Should I Go? by the Clash.
- Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin.
- No More Mr Nice Guy by Alice Cooper.
- I’m Reviewing the Situation from Oliver.
- Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Show.
- I Hate People from Scrooge.
- Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION / SONGSHEET SONGS
- I am the Music Man Good for involving young children on stage
- Old MacDonald Another good song for involving young children
- Twelve Days of Christmas Not so good for inviting children on to the stage – but very funny when allowed to get out of control with lots of whacky props.
- One Smart Fellow He Felt Smart
- The Witch Doctor Song
SONGS FOR SPECIAL SITUATIONS
- Ballroom Blitz by the Sweet. Fantastic 70’s glam rock number.
- Prince Charming by Adam Ant, another glam rock classic.
- Magic to Do from Pippin.
- It’s a Kind of Magic by Queen.
- Be Back Soon from Oliver!
- On the Road by Keane. Very rousing song.
- Oom, Pah, Pah! from Oliver!
- Our House by Madness. Change “middle of the street” to “middle of the wood”
- One More Angel in Heaven from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
- Every Day I Love You Less and Less by the Kaiser Chiefs.
- Castle on a Cloud from Les Miserables. Excellent for imprisoned Principal Girl awaiting rescue.
- Bonkers by Dizzy Rascal.
- School’s Out by Alice Cooper.
- Baggy Trousers by Madness. Kids love this song.
- I Like to Move It from Madagascar.
- Mr Sandman Ludicrous lullaby, maybe for the Nurse to her babes?
- Getting to Know You by Rogers and Hammerstein
- Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler.
- Everybody (needs somebody) from The Blues Brothers.
- Money from Cabaret.
- Cocktails for Two Originally from the Big Band era, but an amazing novelty song when done as per the version by Spike Jones with lots of crazy sound effects.
- Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker. Very appropriate for Aladdin’s flying carpet!
- Always Look on the Bright Side from Monty Python. Just a great panto song!
- Feed Me from Little Shop of Horrors.
- Roar by Katy Perry. Useful girl power type number.
- Mysterious Girl by Peter Andre.
Cumulative numbers are really useful panto songs – they still go down fantastically well with the audience and are easy to sing and choreograph.
- If I Were Not Upon the Stage is probably the best known.
- We Wish We Hadn’t Gone to Sea from the Crocker/Gilder Dick Whittington
- Hurrah For the Military from the Crocker/Gilder Puss in Boots
- Jolly Good Feed from the Crocker/Gilder Cinderella.
- The Song of the Moment…. Brilliant recent examples would be Gangnam Style and Uptown Funk. If a song has gone viral, it’s definitely worth including – the audience will love it!
TEN POPULAR PANTOMIME
- Beauty & the Beast
- Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
- Camelot the Panto
- Sleeping Beauty
- Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood
- Puss in Boots
- Jack and the Beanstalk
- Dick Whittington
- Mother Goose
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
©2020 Phil M Robinson