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Friday, September 7, 2012

Show Tune Showdown #23: 1989-91 Broadway Seasons



In the 22nd Show Tune Showdown, The Baker's Wife won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

The Baker's Wife's "Meadowlark", "Where is the Warmth?", "Proud Lady" and "Chanson"

Godspell's "Day by Day", "All for the Best" and "Save the People"

The Act's "City Lights" and "Arthur in the Afternoon"

Working's "If I Could've Been" and "It's an Art"

On the Twentieth Century's "On the Twentieth Century" and "Repent"

Annie's "Easy Street"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, September 21.

Now on to our 23rd Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to two Broadway seasons - 1989-90 and 1990-91 - when the following seven musicals opened:

Grand Hotel
November 12, 1989 - April 25, 1992 (1,017 performances)

City of Angels
December 11, 1989 - January 19, 1992 (879 performances)

Aspects of Love
April 8, 1990 - March 2, 1991 (377 performances)

Once on This Island
October 18, 1990 - December 1, 1991 (469 performances)

Miss Saigon
April 11, 1991 - January 28, 2001 (4,092 performances)

The Secret Garden
April 25, 1991 - January 3, 1993 (709 performances)

The Will Rogers Follies
May 1, 1991 - September 5, 1993 (981 performances)

Now here are the competing show tunes - and if you're wondering how to judge each showdown, just ask yourself, "Which song do I enjoy listening to more?"

Aspects of Love's "Love Changes Everything" (Michael Ball performs the song, which was released as a single)

vs.

Miss Saigon's "The American Dream" (Jonathan Pryce performs on the 45th Annual Tony Awards on June 2, 1991)





Aspects of Love's "The First Man You Remember" (Michael Ball and Lisa Waddingham perform during the Royal Variety Performance on November 20, 1989)

vs.

The Will Rogers Follies' "Never Met a Man I Didn't Like" (Barry Manilow performs on The Joan Rivers Show on November 27, 1990)





Aspects of Love's "Hand Me the Wine and the Dice" (Kathleen Rowe McAllen and company perform on the original 1989 London cast recording)

vs.

The Will Rogers Follies' "Will-a-Mania" (Cady Huffman and company perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





Miss Saigon's "I Still Believe" (Lea Salonga and Claire Moore perform on the British TV show, Wogan, in 1989)

vs.

Once on This Island's "Waiting for Life" (LaChanze performs on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on May 7, 2002)





Miss Saigon's "Last Night of the World" (Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman perform during the Royal Variety Performance of Miss Saigon on March 4, 1991)

vs.

The Will Rogers Follies' "Favorite Son" (Keith Carradine and company perform in the original Broadway production)





City of Angels' "You're Nothing Without Me" (James Naughton and Gregg Edelman perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Grand Hotel's "We'll Take a Glass Together" (Michael Jeter and Brent Barrett perform on the 44th Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1990)





City of Angels' "You Can Always Count on Me" (Randy Graff performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Grand Hotel's "I Want To Go To Hollywood" (Sutton Foster performs on 2003 album, The Maury Yeston Songbook)





City of Angels' "The Tennis Song" (Dee Hoty and James Naughton perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Once on This Island's "Come Down from the Tree" (Audra McDonald sings this cut song in concert)





Grand Hotel's "Love Can't Happen" (David Carroll performs in the original Broadway production)

vs.

The Secret Garden's "Lily's Eyes" (Anthony Warlow and Philip Quast perform in concert in 1995)



3 comments:

Mike R. said...

I love how you pair songs together. Ballads, dances, diva moments, you manage to keep to your theme and match up similar songs. These showdowns are always a treat!

SEAN said...

When I first saw his pic, I thought it was Cory Haim.

Marc said...

Thanks for the kind words, Mike. I'm so glad you like these showdowns!

And, Sean, I do see the resemblance at first glance.