96,000 (In the Heights)

The manager of the convenience store and his friends find out that somebody purchased a winning lottery ticket worth $96,000 from his store. This group, all of whom live in a poorer area of New York City called Washington Heights, dream about what they would do if they won that much money. This song highlights […]

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Everybody Say Yeah (Kinky Boots)

Faced with the prospect that the family shoe company might go bankrupt, the firm decides to innovate to differentiate themselves from the competition. This song would provide a good introduction to a discussion on entrepreneurship. It also could serve as a good introduction to markets, such as monopolistic competition and oligopoly where differentiating products can […]

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A Musical (Something Rotten)

The Bottom brothers are playwrights competing with William Shakespeare in the 1590s. Shakespeare is brilliant, of course, so these brothers need to figure out the next innovation for their business to be successful. They are told to create a musical. This song is a great introduction to a discussion of entrepreneurship or product differentiation. Entrepreneurs […]

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Santa Fe (Rent)

This couple dreams of opening a new restaurant. This is a good song to illustrate the drive of entrepreneurs. While many entrepreneurs want to start a business solely for their own benefit – either monetary or non-monetary – entrepreneurship benefits society. Entrepreneurship is a major component of economic growth, often as important as land, labor, […]

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Henry Ford (Ragtime)

Henry Ford was one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time. His success was due in large part to the use of assembly line production, which significantly decreased the costs of production. In the song, he sings “even people who ain’t too clever, can learn to tighten a nut forever”. Now the costs of production […]

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