Julie Stevens (no login) Posted Oct 29, 2008 10:53 AM
Leapin' Lizards "It's a Hard Knock Life" these days. So professional nurses, Donna Gaffney and Carol Roye, strongly believing that "The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow" with the election of Barack Obama, have produced a rallying call to help get out the vote. And they chose the perfect song to convey the message: Somebody's Gotta Do Somethin' by Tony Award winners Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Applause) and Martin Charnin (Annie, The First) from the famed composer's and lyricist's musical Annie Warbucks.
So Gaffney, whose daughter originated the title role in Annie Warbucks in Chicago in 1992 and sang "Somebody's Gotta Do Somethin'," called Charnin and Strouse for permission to use their song. Giving their go-ahead, Martin Charnin offered to rewrite the lyrics.
The result turned into an all-out effort by a team of 20 people. Broadway regulars, including Frank Ventura who recruited the singers and pianist and David "DibS" Shackney who was the sound engineer, recorded the newly rewritten song. Donna and Carol produced an accompanying video. And did Lauren do the vocals? Nope- she was editing the video with Hess Keenan.
"Somebody's Gotta Do Somethin'"can be downloaded onto ipods (the mp3 is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org). The YouTube link is below.