A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Musical – “Another Day”

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Now that Count Olaf has introduced lions to the scheme and announced that a freak would be thrown in the pit the next day, the Baudelaires figure that they need to go inside Madame Lulu’s tent to find the answers to their questions: What is V.F.D.? Is one of their parents still alive? If so, which one and where are they? And why haven’t their parent found them? Meanwhile, Count Olaf and Esme have gotten into an argument since he gave Madame Lulu lions and she didn’t get smack. Add to that how Esme has been jealous of the fortune teller since they arrived and the attention she receives from her boyfriend. He said he gave her a gift for her “wonderful fortune-telling” but it’s possible Olaf likes being her for more than her abilities. However, it’s possible that Olaf is using Madame Lulu to get what he wants and that the lions are his way of giving her a way to boost carnival popularity. And I’m sure Lulu knows it, too. Not to mention, in the books, she may have a thing for Olaf since she wasn’t happy to know Esme’s his girlfriend. In the show, Madame Lulu only flirts with Count Olaf so he won’t harm her since she has her heart for Jacques Snicket. Though it is possible she could’ve had a relationship with Jacques in the books but you wouldn’t know about it.

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The song I picked at this moment is “Another Day” from RENT. In the original version, Roger is struggling with his feelings for Mimi whom he’s falling for. But since he has AIDS and had a girlfriend die from the disease, he doesn’t want to suffer another heartbreak. So he’s rejecting her and distancing himself from her. Meanwhile, Mimi really wants to be with him. Because she also has AIDS and wants to live for the moment. After all, she doesn’t have long to live anyway. In this version, I have the Baudelaires decide to go into Madame Lulu’s tent while Count Olaf and Esme argue and Madame Lulu struggles with her feelings for the Count as well as her knowledge that he’s a bad dude.

 

“Another Day” (ASOUE Version)

Olivia:
Who does he think he is?
Bringing lions to my carnival
Count Olaf—hey
The exit’s that way
You better go you know
No need to piss off Esme
Take your lions—take your henchmen
Your sweet whisper
I just can’t handle
Well take your hair in the moonlight
Your blue eyes — goodbye, goodnight
I should tell you I should tell you
I should tell you I should — no!
Another time — another place
You’re a vicious psychopath
Now banging Esme
She’s got a husband
Not that you’d even care
Want inside my tent?
Come back another day
Another day

Violet:
We won’t have time for us to burn
Go in her tent to see what we can learn
There is no future
Must find the past
Tomorrow may just be our last
There’s only us
Check Lulu’s tent
Find Mom or Dad
Or it’s our chance to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today

Esme:
Excuse me if I’m off track
But if you want me
Then tell me — why do I get smack?
I’m your girlfriend
Don’t I matter here
But Lulu gets
Lions for her fucking stupid fair!
What do you do going inside her tent?
Does she tell your fortune or are you having sex?

Count Olaf:
Another time — another place
I don’t have time for this
So shut your fucking face
Your green jealousy
Is getting in my way
Wanna be a help for me?
Come back another day
Another day

Klaus:
Check Lulu’s tent
Find what we may
We must go in
Who’s there for us
No other course
No other way
No day but today

Violet and Klaus:
We cannot solve

Esme:
Control your temper

Violet and Klaus:
Our questions asked

Olivia:
He doesn’t see

Violet and Klaus:
Where are our folks?

Olivia:
Who says I know what I told?

Esme:
Madame Lulu has to pay

Count Olaf:
Just let me be

Violet and Klaus:
There’s only now
There’s only here
Check Lulu’s tent
To see who’s here
That tattooed eye
Spells V.F.D.
We’ll find what we may

Olivia (simultaneously):
Who does he think he is?
Bringing lions to my carnival
Count Olaf, hey
The exit’s that way
No need to piss off Esme

Violet and Klaus:
No day but today
No day but today
No day but today
No day but today
No day but today

Olivia (simultaneously):
Take your lions; take your henchmen
Take your blue eyes, your handsome smile, your silhouette
Another time, another place
Don’t go inside, don’t see my face
Esme’s envy will not go away
Want inside, another day

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