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''Anyone Can Whistle'' is a three-act musical with a book by Arthur Laurents and music and lyrics by StephenSondheim. It was the second show to feature Sondheim writing his own music as well as lyrics.

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''Anyone Can Whistle'' is a three-act musical with a book by Arthur Laurents and music and lyrics by StephenSondheim.Music/StephenSondheim. It was the second show to feature Sondheim writing his own music as well as lyrics.


* CutSong: A few, including "There Won't Be Trumpets" (which was re-added to the licensed score), "There's Always a Woman," "The Lame, The Halt, and the Blind," and an alternate version of "With So Little To Be Sure Of."


* NobodyTouchesTheHair: Fay shouts, "Not my hair!" when Hapgood tries to remove her wig. Subverted in that it's [[CaptainObvious not actually her hair]].

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* NobodyTouchesTheHair: Fay shouts, "Not my hair!" when Hapgood tries to remove her wig. Subverted in that it's [[CaptainObvious not actually her hair]].hair.


* ActorAllusion: In the 1995 concert production, Creator/AngelaLansbury (as the narrator) said, "Thirty-one years ago, I was a mayoress of just such a town... for a very ''short'' term.



-->Hapgood: It's not your hair, it's a wig.
-->Fay: How do you know?
-->Hapgood: You told me!
-->Fay: I was lying!

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-->Hapgood: -->'''Hapgood:''' It's not your hair, it's a wig.
-->Fay: -->'''Fay:''' How do you know?
-->Hapgood: -->'''Hapgood:''' You told me!
-->Fay: -->'''Fay:''' I was lying!



* RockOfLimitlessWater - The supposed "miracle". Subverted in that it's being pumped in from behind the scenes.
** [[spoiler:Played straight when [[EmpathicEnvironment Fay finally manages to whistle and is reunited with Hapgood]].]]

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* RockOfLimitlessWater - RockOfLimitlessWater:
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The supposed "miracle". Subverted in that it's being pumped in from behind the scenes.
** ** [[spoiler:Played straight when [[EmpathicEnvironment Fay finally manages to whistle and is reunited with Hapgood]].]]


* ActorAllusion: In the 1995 concert production, AngelaLansbury (as the narrator) said, "Thirty-one years ago, I was a mayoress of just such a town... for a very ''short'' term.

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* ActorAllusion: In the 1995 concert production, AngelaLansbury Creator/AngelaLansbury (as the narrator) said, "Thirty-one years ago, I was a mayoress of just such a town... for a very ''short'' term.


It tells the story of a destitute town, run by the corrupt mayor Cora Hoover Hooper (the musical stage debut of AngelaLansbury), who has a ZeroPercentApprovalRating aside from three other officials. They need a way to earn revenue, so they figure it out - a fake miracle, of water gushing from a rock. It draws in tourists and pilgrims and is a smashing success until nurse Fay Apple, who works at the local insane asylum, wants the "miracle water" for the patients. Soon, the loonies start mingling with the pilgrims, and they can't sort out who is who.

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It tells the story of a destitute town, run by the corrupt mayor Cora Hoover Hooper (the musical stage debut of AngelaLansbury), Creator/AngelaLansbury), who has a ZeroPercentApprovalRating aside from three other officials. They need a way to earn revenue, so they figure it out - a fake miracle, of water gushing from a rock. It draws in tourists and pilgrims and is a smashing success until nurse Fay Apple, who works at the local insane asylum, wants the "miracle water" for the patients. Soon, the loonies start mingling with the pilgrims, and they can't sort out who is who.


* BreakingTheFourthWall: Done several times by the narrator.
-->Those Cookies look as good as you. Maybe better.



* LemonyNarrator



** [[spoiler:Played straight at the end.]]

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** [[spoiler:Played straight at the end.when [[EmpathicEnvironment Fay finally manages to whistle and is reunited with Hapgood]].]]



* {{Troll}}: Sondheim speculates part of the reason that the show flopped was because it made fun of the audience. "Simple" is one huge exercise in trolling from Hapgood, both towards the other characters and to the audience. You might call it ''Troll: The Musical.''

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* SummonBackupDancers: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] with the boys who appear out of nowhere to reenforce Cora's point in "Me and My Town."
* {{Troll}}: Sondheim speculates part of the reason that the show flopped was because it made fun of the audience. "Simple" is one huge exercise in trolling from Hapgood, both towards the other characters and to the audience. You might call it ''Troll: The Musical.TheMusical.''


* CrowdSong: "Miracle Song," "Simple," "The A-1 March," and part of "The Cookie Chase."

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* CrowdSong: "I'm Like the Bluebird," "Hooray for Hapgood," and "Miracle Song," "Simple," "The A-1 March," as well as the end of "Simple." In all cases, it's used to demonstrate the tendency of the townspeople (and people in general) to accept what they're told and part of "The Cookie Chase."form inseparable groups based on arbitrary criteria.



* FifteenMinutesOfFame: The result of the fake miracle.

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* FifteenMinutesOfFame: The result of the fake miracle. Hapgood eventually gets this, too, after sorting them into their groups.


--?Fay: How do you know?
Hapgood: You told me!
Fay: I was lying!

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--?Fay: -->Fay: How do you know?
Hapgood: -->Hapgood: You told me!
Fay: -->Fay: I was lying!


It tells the story of a destitute town, run by the corrupt mayor Cora Hoover Hooper (the musical stage debut of AngelaLansbury), who has a ZeroPercentApprovalRating. She and her cronies need a way to earn revenue, so they figure it out - a fake miracle, of water gushing from a rock. It draws in tourists and pilgrims and is a smashing success until nurse Fay Apple, who works at the local insane asylum, wants the "miracle water" for the patients. Soon, the loonies start mingling with the pilgrims, and they can't sort out who is who.

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It tells the story of a destitute town, run by the corrupt mayor Cora Hoover Hooper (the musical stage debut of AngelaLansbury), who has a ZeroPercentApprovalRating. She and her cronies ZeroPercentApprovalRating aside from three other officials. They need a way to earn revenue, so they figure it out - a fake miracle, of water gushing from a rock. It draws in tourists and pilgrims and is a smashing success until nurse Fay Apple, who works at the local insane asylum, wants the "miracle water" for the patients. Soon, the loonies start mingling with the pilgrims, and they can't sort out who is who.



* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Cora

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: CoraCora, at the beginning, acts as if she has this, although the treasurer, comptroller, and chief of police are on her side. She gets the admiration she craves after the "miracle," only to lose it again when Hapgood comes to town.



* AltoVillainess: Cora

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* AltoVillainess: CoraCora.



* ImplausibleDeniability: Hapgood: It's not your hair, it's a wig.\\
Fay: How do you know?\\
Hapgood: You told me!\\

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* ImplausibleDeniability: Hapgood: IJustWantToBeLoved: Cora (and apparently her town).
* ImplausibleDeniability:
-->Hapgood:
It's not your hair, it's a wig.\\
Fay:
wig.
--?Fay:
How do you know?\\
know?
Hapgood: You told me!\\me!


The musical was a notorious flop, plagued by problems throughout rehearsal (including a cast member dying), and ran only 9 performances.

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The musical was a notorious flop, plagued by problems throughout rehearsal (including a cast member dying), and ran only 9 performances.
performances, but has been somewhat VindicatedByHistory, at least as a CultClassic, thanks in part to a 1995 all-star benefit recording.


* ActorAllusion: In the 1995 concert production, AngelaLansbury (as the narrator) said, "Thirty-one years ago, I was a mayoress of just such a town... for a very "italic"short"italic" term.

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* ActorAllusion: In the 1995 concert production, AngelaLansbury (as the narrator) said, "Thirty-one years ago, I was a mayoress of just such a town... for a very "italic"short"italic" ''short'' term.



* Fauxreigner: Fay pretends to be from France.

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* Fauxreigner: {{Fauxreigner}}: Fay pretends to be from France.


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* ImplausibleDeniability: Hapgood: It's not your hair, it's a wig.\\
Fay: How do you know?\\
Hapgood: You told me!\\
Fay: I was lying!


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* NobodyTouchesTheHair: Fay shouts, "Not my hair!" when Hapgood tries to remove her wig. Subverted in that it's [[CaptainObvious not actually her hair]].


* Actor Allusion: In the 1995 concert production, AngelaLansbury (as the narrator) said, "Thirty-one years ago, I was a mayoress of just such a town... for a very "italic"short"italic" term.

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* Actor Allusion: ActorAllusion: In the 1995 concert production, AngelaLansbury (as the narrator) said, "Thirty-one years ago, I was a mayoress of just such a town... for a very "italic"short"italic" term.



** [[spoiler:hide this text]]Played straight at the end. [[/spoiler:hide this text]]

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** [[spoiler:hide this text]]Played [[spoiler:Played straight at the end. [[/spoiler:hide this text]]end.]]

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* Actor Allusion: In the 1995 concert production, AngelaLansbury (as the narrator) said, "Thirty-one years ago, I was a mayoress of just such a town... for a very "italic"short"italic" term.


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* Fauxreigner: Fay pretends to be from France.


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** [[spoiler:hide this text]]Played straight at the end. [[/spoiler:hide this text]]

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* AltoVillainess: Cora

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