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Hello, Sailor!

May 26th, 2011

Photo by Joan Marcus.

It’s Fleet Week in New York City, that special time when the Naval flotilla steams into town, officers in dress whites wander the streets of Manhattan and many a young man’s heart beats faster with a deep, throbbing patriotism. And what better way to celebrate our men in uniform than with music theater.

Yeah, you read that right. Believe me, I took a double take when I saw the news as well. One of the marquee events during this salute to the military is a concert aboard the USS Intrepid featuring performances by the casts of current Broadway hits. It’s billed as being for the visiting sailors (and the general public) and what red blooded American hero doesn’t want to see a little Anything Goes and Priscilla Queen of the Desert? It would seem that “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” is truly dead in the water.

Actually, my Dad, a Navy man through and through, still talks about pulling into New York and seeing the original Camelot with some of his friends from the ship, so it’s not as odd as it sounds. And one of the great musical comedy scores of all time, On the Town, follows the adventures of three guys on shore leave. So get your tickets to tour the Intrepid and, tomorrow at noon, join the men of the fleet for a little song and dance from Broadway’s best. Just don’t forget to salute your superiors.

After the jump, let’s get in the mood with some Navy-themed musical numbers:

Remember, they want you…to learn semaphore it would seem.

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