BANDSTAND - I Got a Theory Lyrics

The New American Musical 2017
Bandstand the Musical - I Got a Theory Lyrics

"I Got a Theory" is a song from Bandstand the musical performed by Laura Osnes (Julia), Corey Cott (Donny), Geoff Packard (Wayne), Alex Bender (Nick), Brandon J. Ellis (Davy), Joe Carroll (Johnny), James Nathan Hopkins (Jimmy) and Company.

JULIA:
I got a theory
when you are from Lake Erie
You're better than the average Joe

DONNY:
Though buried in snow

JULIA:
It's time to let the whole world know

DONNY:
I got a theory

JULIA:
It takes a place that dreary
to give a guy the right amount

DONNY:
Of drive to surmount

JULIA:
It's time to tell the world we count

DONNY (Spoken):
Are we onto something here?

JULIA (Spoken):
Yeah, keep writing! With this one, we might get more gigs than we need!

COMPANY:
I got a theory the people from Lake Erie
Are better than your average joe.
Though buried in snow.
It's time to let the whole world know.

ANNOUNCER (spoken):
The Al Kerrann Schreuders welcome the Donny Nova Band!

COMPANY:
Ahhh, ahhh, I'm gonna get my red pipe case

DONNY:
I got a theory
It takes a place this dreary
to give a guy the right amount
Of dry dissermount
It's time to tell the world we count

COMPANY:
When John D that old Rockefeller (uh-huh)
First set on a Cleveland soil (Cleveland soil)
No one thought he was anything stellar (uh-uh)
Then he struck 'em with standardized oil (It gives us all aroma)

OLIVER (spoken):
You uh gettin ready for the big trip next month?

DONNY (spoken):
Oh, NBCs sendin us on the Cleveland Limited. Pullman cars.

OLIVER (spoken):
Jeez! How 'bout that? That must be costin 'em a fortune!

DONNY (spoken):
Eh, it's the least they could do.

OLIVER (spoken):
That is good to hear.
Say, I had a band cancel on me so can I book you guys again for tomorrow night?
I know it's last minute. You'd be savin my butt so, how 'bout i toss in an extra 50?

DONNY (spoken):
Guys?

OLIVER (spoken):
Ya know I'm really in a bind. Make it an extra 75.

DONNY (spoken):
I'm suppose we could pr-

OLIVER (spoken):
You drive a hard bargain, kid. 100 extra. That's the best I could do; help a guy out!

DONNY (spoken):
Sure thing. We could do that for you, Oliver. Tomorrow night.

OLIVER (spoken):
Swell! Break a leg tonight!

DONNY (spoken):
Johnny, what's that bring the total to?

JOHNNY (spoken):
936 dollars and 78 cents

WAYNE (spoken):
How do you do that?

JOHNNY (spoken):
I have NO idea.

JOHNNY:
When Bob Hope was only called Lester (doop, doop)
A busker in a Luna Park (Started out as a Busker!)
Who'da guessed that that poor little Lester (doop, doop. doop, doop)

BOYS:
In the movies, would make such a mark!

ANNOUNCER 2:
Cleveland's Creme de la creme taking New York by storm in just 3 weeks!

OLIVER (spoken):
Jo, it's Oliver. Now, listen. I need your help with something. It's about the Donny Nova Band?

JO (spoken):
Al, it's Jo. Oliver called. Now, don't give me any of your crap.
You're gonna help me out with the Donny Nova band!

COMPANY:
I got a theory the people from Lake Erie
Have plenty more to brag about
There's talent no doubt.
It's time to let the secret out!

DAVY (spoken):
You just sang a very good set, my dear! Hey buddy, whiskey?

BARTENDER (spoken):
Coming right up, Mr. Zladic

JULIA (spoken):
Ever thought of giving up the bottle?

DAVY (spoken):
Nope.

JULIA (spoken):
C'mon. Just for a week. Hm? What'dya say?

DAVY (spoken):
Julia. I know there isn't enough whiskey in the world to wash away what I saw in those camps.
I owe it to myself to try. And let that suffice, most forcible feeble.

AL:
Cleveland's finest. Back at the pavilion!

JO: (spoken):
From the Blue Wisp, to the big time!

ANNOUNCER (spoken):
Back by popular demand, The Donny Nova Band!

COMPANY:
I wanna hear my favorite song!

OLIVER (spoken):
Tonight at Oliver's, you know who!

COMPANY:
I wanna hear my band at 8!

I got a theory
We get a little weary
Of people dumping on this town
It's true that the-

DONNY:
Winters are endless

JULIA:
The lake is polluted

DONNY:
The ball team is losing

JULIA:
The sewers exploded

DONNY:
The mob is returning

COMPANY:
The river's on fire again!
But nothing's gonna keep us down!

GIRL 1:
They got their fancy accents on the east side of Manhattan

BOYS:
But we ain't met a gal we couldn't find a way to flatter

DONNY:
The Vanderbilts spent summer at the spa in Saratoga

GIRLS:
But nothing beats the waters of the flaming Cuyahoga

COMPANY:
I got a theory
without a boat, can hear he
explores into these 'soons of ours
bring out of cigars
cause Cleveland's got some brand new stars!

JOHNNY (spoken):
We love you Cleveland!

COMPANY:
YEAH!

[Thanks to Noah Manumaleuga for lyrics]
[Thanks to Katherine, Nick Basiago for corrections]

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