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Friday, November 30, 2012

Show Tune Showdown #29: 1951-53 Broadway Seasons



In the 28th Show Tune Showdown, Brigadoon won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

Brigadoon's "Almost Like Being in Love", "The Heather on the Hill" and "There But For You Go I"

Kiss Me Kate's "Another Op'nin', Another Show" and "Always True to You in My Fashion"

Finian's Rainbow's "Old Devil Moon" and "Look to the Rainbow"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, December 14.

Now on to our 29th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to two Broadway seasons - 1951-52 and 1952-53 - when the following five musicals opened (I've also included a cut song from Out of This World, which I forgot to in my 1949-51 Showdown):

Out of This World
December 21, 1950 - May 5, 1951 (157 performances)

The King and I
March 29, 1951 - March 20, 1954 (1,246 performances)
Revival: May 2, 1977 - December 30, 1978 (695 performances)
Revival: January 7, 1985 - June 30, 1985 (191 performances)
Revival: April 11, 1996 - March 22, 1998 (780 performances)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
April 19, 1951 - December 8, 1951 (267 performances)

Paint Your Wagon
November 12, 1951 - July 19, 1952 (289 performances)

Hazel Flagg
March 11, 1953 - September 19, 1953 (190 performances)

Wonderful Town
March 25, 1953 - July 3, 1954 (559 performances)
Revival: November 23, 2003 - January 30, 2005 (497 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?"

The King and I's "Shall We Dance?" (Lou Diamond Phillips and Donna Murphy perform on the 50th Annual Tony Awards on June 2, 1996)

vs.

Wonderful Town's "Conga!" (Maureen Lipman performs in the 1986 London production)





The King and I's "Hello, Young Lovers" (Lena Horne performs on The Dean Martin Comedy Hour in 1969)

vs.

Wonderful Town's "It's Love" (Jennifer Westfeldt and Gregg Edelman perform on the 2003 Broadway revival cast recording)





The King and I's "Getting to Know You" (Betty White performs)

vs.

Wonderful Town's "One Hundred Easy Ways" (Rosalind Russell performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





The King and I's "Something Wonderful" (Carly Simon performs on her 1990 album, My Romance)

vs.

Wonderful Town's "A Little Bit in Love" (Audra McDonald performs on the 1996 album, Leonard Bernstein's New York)





The King and I's "I Whistle a Happy Tune" (Marni Nixon performs on the 1956 film soundtrack)

vs.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn's "He Had Refinement" (Elaine Stritch performs on the PBS series, Song by Song: By Dorothy Fields, on July 8, 1979)





The King and I's "We Kiss in a Shadow" (Neil Sedaka performs on his 1961 album, Circulate)

vs.

Paint Your Wagon's "I Talk to the Trees" (Clint Eastwood performs in the 1969 film version)





The King and I's "I Have Dreamed" (Douglas Sills performs during a 2002 PBS special, Evening at Pops: A Richard Rodgers Tribute)

vs.

Paint Your Wagon's "They Call the Wind Maria" (Robert Goulet performs)





Out of This World's "From This Moment On" (Judy Garland performs this cut song - which was later used in the 1953 film, Kiss Me, Kate - on The Judy Garland Show on November 3, 1963)

vs.

Wonderful Town's "Ohio" (Kim Criswell and Audra McDonald perform in a concert version with the Berlin Philharmonic in December 2002)





Hazel Flagg's "Every Street's a Boulevard in Old New York" (Chita Rivera performs during the PBS special, Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne, on March 15, 1987)

vs.

Wonderful Town's "Swing!" (Donna Murphy and the Broadway revival cast perform on the 58th Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 2004)





A Tree Grows in Brooklyn's "Make the Man Love Me" (Barbra Streisand performs on her 1967 album, Simply Streisand)

vs.

Wonderful Town's "Story of My Life" (Judy Blazer performs this cut song on the 1996 album, Leonard Bernstein's New York)



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