14 Songs from Musicals About Luck


L-R: Encanto, Photo Credit: Disney's Encanto Facebook page; Rent on Broadway, Photo Credit: Joan Marcus; Hamilton on Broadway, Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Times are tough. We need all the luck we can get just to make it through every day. The world is constantly changing and everyone is struggling in their own way. So it’s no wonder that we find ourselves often wishing for some respite from all the madness.

And there’s no better pick-me-up than a playlist of showtunes to lift our spirits and to remind us that we are going to be okay and the future is not as bleak as we suppose. 


Whether it’s relying on the unknown forces of fate or destiny, succumbing to the whims of bored gods and spirits or just figuring out how to make the most of what you’ve been given, musicals have a song or two for you. Audiences can relate to the hardships characters have endured and their desperate need for a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. Some characters are even more hopeful about the future, and this optimism can rub off on you if you let it. They see the cards they’ve been dealt and they roll with it, and that might just help us all face tomorrow with a spring in our step.

Everything’s better with some music, so sing out a couple of these tunes and put yourself in a better mood! If these characters can get lucky, so can you. Let’s manifest our destiny.

1. “Luck Be a Lady” from Guys and Dolls

So let’s keep the party polite
Never get out of my sight
Stick with me baby, I’m the fellow you came in with
Luck be a lady
Luck be a lady
Luck be a lady tonight.

2. “With a Little Bit of Luck” from My Fair Lady

The Lord above gave man an arm of iron
So he could do his job and never shirk
The Lord above gave man an arm of iron
But, with a little bit of luck, with a little bit of luck
Someone else will do the blinkin’ work

3. “Lucky to be Me” from On the Town

What a day,
Fortune smiled and came my way,
Bringing love I never thought I’d see,
I’m so lucky to be me.

4. “How Lucky Can You Get” from Funny Lady

Satin on my shoulder and a smile on my lips
How lucky can you get
Money in my pocket right at my fingertips
How lucky can you get
Every night a party where the fun never ends
You can circle the globe with my circle of friends

5. “Fortune Favors the Brave” from Aida

Nothing is an accident
We are free to have it all
We are what we want to be
It’s in ourselves to rise or fall

6. “My Shot” from Hamilton

I am not throwin’ away my shot
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwin’ away my shot

7. “This is the Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde

This is the moment
Damn all the odds
This day or never
I’ll sit forever with the Gods

When I look back
I will recall
Moment for moment, this was the moment
The greatest moment of them all

8. “Waiting for Life” from Once On This Island

Oh, gods, oh, gods
Hear my prayer!
I’m here in the field
With my feet in the ground
And my fate in the air
Waiting for life to begin

9.“Waiting on a Miracle” from Encanto

I am ready, come on, I’m ready
I’ve been patient, and steadfast, and steady
Bless me now as you blessed us all those years ago
When you gave us a miracle

10. “A Hundred Million Miracles” from Flower Drum Song

A hundred million miracles,
A hundred million miracles are happ’ning ev’ry day,
And those who say they don’t agree
Are those who do not hear or see.
A hundred million miracles,
A hundred million miracles are happ’ning ev’ry day

11. “Another Day” from Rent

There’s only now
There’s only here
Give in to love
Or live in fear
No other path
No other way
No day but today

12. “To Life” from Fiddler on the Roof

We’ll raise a glass and sip a drop of schnapps
In honor of the great good luck that favors you.
We know that when good fortune favors two such men,
It stands to reason we deserve it, too!

To us and our good fortune.
Be happy! Be healthy! Long life!
And if our good fortune never comes,
Here’s to whatever comes.
Drink l’chaim, to life!

13. “No Time at All” from Pippin

Before it’s too late stop trying to wait
For fortune and fame you’re secure of
For there’s one thing to be sure of, mate:
There’s nothing to be sure of!

Oh, it’s time to start livin’
Time to take a little from this world we’re given
Time to take time, cause spring will turn to fall
In just no time at all….

14. “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” from Gypsy

Do something special
Anything special
You’re more than just a mimic
When you got a gimmick
Take a look how different we are

…Get yourself a gimmick
And you too can be a star

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