Theatre Tropes

Soprano Carmen Harris and pianist Matthew Larkin explore a selection of common theatre tropes across popular and classical traditions from the 1700s to modern day.

Carmen Harris, soprano
Matthew Larkin, piano


The Lovers
“Adieu, mon doux rivage”, L’Africaine (Giacomo Meyerbeer)
“Much More”, The Fantasticks (Harvey Schmidt / Tom Jones)
“Someone Like You”, Jekyll & Hyde (Frank Wildhorn / Leslie Bricusse)

The Jaded
“There is No More Place”, Dracula (Andrew Ager)
“Once Upon a December”, Anastasia (Stephen Flaherty / Lynn Ahrens)
“I Dreamed a Dream”, Les Misérables (Claude-Michel Schönberg / Herbert Kretzmer)

Piano Improvisations

The Comedic Relief
“Non so più”, Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
“The Simple Joys of Maidenhood”, Camelot (Frederick Loewe / Alan Jay Lerner)
“Popular”, Wicked (Stephen Schwartz)

The Eternal Optimists
“Don’t Rain on My Parade”, Funny Girl (Jule Styne / Bob Merill)
“Day by Day”, Godspell (Stephen Schwarz)
“You’ll Never Walk Alone”, Carousel (Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein II)