Beauty School Dropout (Grease)

In “Beauty School Dropout”, Frenchy is seeking advice after recently failing all of her classes and dropping out of beauty school. The heavenly Teen Angel accompanied by back-up singing angels visit Frenchy to provide her some life advice. Within the lyrics, the Teen Angel suggests that Frenchy goes back to high school since she has […]

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Try Me (She Loves Me)

In “Try Me”, delivery boy Arpad Laszlo is pleading for a promotion. After two years of self-training in Maraczek’s Parfumerie to prepare himself for a potential new job as a clerk, Arpad is trying to convince his boss to give him a chance. This song provides a good introduction to the value of on-the-job training, […]

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Just a Housewife (Working)

“Just a Housewife” from the musical Working features housewife Kate Rushton, singing how society does not perceive her as intelligent due to her choice to be a stay-at-home mom. Her feeling of incompetence and being expendable increases when realizing that her work and skills are not viewed as valuable in society – specifically from an […]

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My Shot (Hamilton)

“My Shot”, from the musical Hamilton contains lyrics that illustrate several economic concepts.  First, Hamilton is talking about going to King’s College (which is now Columbia University) to gain skills as he claims “the problem is I’ve gotta lotta brains but no polish”.  In another part of “My Shot” we hear from Mulligan, who’s an […]

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You Gotta Get A Gimmick (Gypsy)

The ladies are singing about how to be a better stripper. While entertaining and funny, this song is a a good illustration of a couple economics concepts. First, this song illustrates the returns to human capital, as the ladies all invested time and energy to “get a gimmick” in order to receive higher wages. Because […]

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