Tomorrow (song from Annie)

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"Tomorrow"
From the musical Annie
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Published 1977
Language English
Original artist Andrea McArdle

"Tomorrow" is a song from the musical Annie, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, published in 1977. The number was originally written as "The Way We Live Now" for the 1970 short film Replay, with both music and lyrics by Strouse.

Production history in the musical[edit]

It had appeared in prominence in productions of the musical throughout its history: it was heard in several versions in the original 1977 Broadway production, including ending the show. It was the entry and concluding credits score for the 1982 film adaptation.

Discussion[edit]

The song apparently pronounces an optimistic view for life through its main themes 'hang on until tomorrow' and 'when I'm stuck with a day that's grey and lonely, I just stick out my chin and grin'.

It appears to be in unison with another song in the score, "You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile", which again pronounces the importance of smiling, though in a much lighter and cheerful tone.

Cover versions[edit]

Grace Jones recorded a disco version of "Tomorrow" on her debut album Portfolio, in 1977. The song has been recorded by Barbra Streisand on her 1978 album Songbird. It has been recorded by The Manhattans on their 1978 album There's No Good In Goodbye. It has been recorded by Lou Rawls on his 1979 album Let Me Be Good to You. It was also sung by Petula Clark with the Muppets in the background near the end of "The Muppet Show" episode of her own name. Patricia Paay from the The Star Sisters also recorded and release her version in 1982. Elaine Paige recorded an up-tempo version for her 1983 album Stages and a live version from her 40th anniversary tour is included on the 2008 live album Elaine Paige Live. Lea Salonga recorded it on her album, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes recorded a punk rock version for their 1999 album Are a Drag. The song is featured as a hidden track on the 2002 compilation album Land (1975–2002) by Patti Smith. Amy Diamond recorded a pop version on her debut album This Is Me Now, in 2005.

Alvin and the Chipmunks covered this song for their 1982 album The Chipmunks Go Hollywood. The Chipettes also covered this song for "The Chipette Story," a 1985 episode of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Broadway star Idina Menzel covered the song as the final encore on her 2010-2011 Symphony Tour.

In 2013 "Tomorrow" became the official campaign song for the charity Save the Children, sung by Liverpool chorister Jack Topping.[1]

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