Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 20 Greatest NYC Songs — #17

What a Waste by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green

04 What a Waste“There’s a broken heart for every star on Broadway” is the essential theme of this ensemble patter song from the musical, Wonderful Town. Paradoxically, New York is a city of promise, yet it makes no promises, and the show’s cast runs through a catalogue of broken dreams for those who have come to the city with stars in their eyes, only to discover harsh reality. Only Comden and Green could teach this lesson with such wry and joyous lyrics.


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