Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 20 Greatest NYC Songs — #10

On Broadway by Leiber & Stoller with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

11 On BroadwayThe Drifters’ hit song (which later showed up in the musical revue, Smokey Joe’s Café) speaks to the dreams and determination of those who come to New York City – and to Broadway in particular – chasing their star. Juxtaposing between the harsh realities of struggle and the unwillingness to give up on the dream, the song seems to remember E.B. White’s claim that “no one should come to New York to live unless they are willing to be lucky”.

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