A Quiet Thing
In Kander and Ebb’s first musical, Flora the Red Menace, something wonderful happens to the main character – she gets offered a job, and she is delighted. However, she doesn’t shout and scream. She doesn’t do cartwheels or haul out the confetti cannon. She realises that her happiness is actually “a quiet thing”. And I know exactly what she means, as I was in the same situation yesterday. Here’s a video of Liza Minnelli (who introduced the song on Broadway back in 1965) performing the song with Kermit the Frog on The Muppet Show. It’s one of Kander and Ebb’s most understated, beautiful songs and it’s so very true.