PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Once Upon a Time in New York City Songwriters Pick Songs that Define "City Livin'"

By Michael Gioia
19 Nov 2013

Dan Acquisto: "New York, New York" (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green). I'd say my New York song is Bernstein-Comden-Green's "New York, New York." It really captures my excitement of coming here for the first time. And, now that I live here, one lyric in particular rings true for me:

"New York, New York, a visitor's place,
Where no one lives on account of the pace,
But seven millions are screaming for space.
New York, New York, it's a visitor's place!"

I sometimes sing that lyric to myself on a crowded subway.