Song References

All That Jazz:

  • Rouge my knees and role my stockings down: putting makeup on the knees and showing them by rolling down the stockings. Knees were just beginning to be shown in women’s fashion and was considered very sexy.
  • Father Dip: probably referring to Louis Armstrong. One of his nicknames was “Sweet Papa Dip.”
  • Lucky Lindy: Charles Lindbergh. The first pilot to make a solo trip transatlantic. He went from New York to Paris in 1927. Only he was not so lucky because in 1932 his 20-month-old son was kidnapped from his second story nursery. On May 12, 1932 the body was found buried near a highway close to the home.
  • Sheba: referring to the Queen of Sheba, but also a movie from 1919 which lent a sexual meaning to the word.
  • Whoopee Spot: exciting place, sex.
  • Bunny Hug: a dance; simulating rabbits having sex.
  • Skidoo: leave quickly
  • Hot-cha: Exciting.
  • Whoopee: wow.
  • Juice: alcohol
  • Brush the sky: get really drunk
  • Shimmy Shake: a dance which entails wiggling your body from side to side.

Funny Honey:

  • “He ain’t no Sheik”: may be referring to the 1921 movie, “The Sheik,” in which “a charming Arabian sheik becomes infatuated with an adventurous modern-thinking Englishwoman and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert.” This may have been a compelling and alluring concept to women at the time.
  • “That’s no great physique”: “The form, size, and development of a person’s body.”
  • “Cock-and-bull story”: an absurd, improbable story presented as the truth.”
  • Chiseler: a person who cheats or tricks; swindler.

Cell Block Tango: n/a

When You’re Good to Mama:

  • clink: another term for jail
  • reciprocity: as in “reciprocation,” mutual exchange
  • “Let’s all stroke together like the Princeton Crew”: Princeton Rowing Team.

All I Care About:

  • cravat: a type of tie usually made out of lace, that was popular especially in the 17th century.
  • spats: or spatterdashes, or spatter guards. A footwear accessory which covered the instep and the ankle. They are what we think of as shoes from this period, but it was actually a piece that went over the shoe. It had buttons up the side.
  • Vanderbilt: referring to the Vanderbilt family who made their fortune off of railroads. Their estate, the Biltmore, is still the largest house in the United States.
  • Packard Cars: popular car that had a long, square body.
  • Buck Cigars: one of the preferred brands around the turn of the century.

A Little Bit of Good: n/a

We Both Reached for the Gun: n/a

  • Convent of the Sacred Heart: oldest independent all-girls school in Manhattan, New York.


  • Lavalier: a jewelry item with a pendant and sometimes a sone that hangs from a necklace.
  • Sophie Tucker: the famous singer, comedian, TV and film actress, and radio personality.

My Own Best Friend:

  • “Three muketees”: referring to the Three Musketeers.

Finale: Act 1: n/a

Me and My Baby: n/a

Mister Cellophane:

  • cellophane: “a transparent, paperlike product of viscose, impervious to moisture, germs, etc., used to wrap and package food, tobacco, etc.” It was invented in 1908 by Swiss textile engineer Jacques E. Brandenberger.

When Velma Takes The Stand: n/a

Razzle Dazzle:

  • Hocus Pocus: “a meaningless chant or expression used in conjuring or incantation; a juggler’s trick; sleight of hand; trickery, deception; unnecessarily mysterious or elaborate activity or talk to cover up a deception, magnify a simple purpose, etc.”
  • Finagle: “to practice deception or fraud; scheme”
  • Girder: “a principal beam of wood, steel, etc., supporting the ends of joints.”

Word pronunciation for “Razzle Dazzle”:








  • “Snake in the grass”: referring to Lucifer in the Garden of Eden.

Hoy Honey Rag: n/a

Nowadays: n/a

Finale: n/a