Come to the Fun Home (Fun Home)

The children of the Bechdel Funeral Home decide to make a commercial. In their song, they attempt to differentiate their funeral home from the competition. The children mention several reasons people should use the Bechdel Funeral Home, including their smelling salts, folding chairs, and more! This is a great song to lead into a discussion […]

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Wells Fargo Wagon (The Music Man)

The Iowa town is excited when the Wells Fargo wagon comes to town. Why shouldn’t they be? It’s 1912 and the Wells Fargo Wagon was an efficient way to get products back then. This song provides a nice introduction into a lesson in economic history. From catalogs and wagon delivery systems, to big (and not-so-big) […]

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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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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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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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