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Friday, December 14, 2012

Show Tune Showdown #30: 1986-89 Broadway Seasons



In the 29th Show Tune Showdown, The King and I won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

The King and I's "Shall We Dance?", "Hello, Young Lovers", "Getting to Know You", "Something Wonderful", "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "We Kiss in a Shadow"

Wonderful Town's "Swing!"

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn's "Make the Man Love Me"

Paint Your Wagon's "They Call the Wind Maria"

Out of This World's "From This Moment On"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, January 4.

Now on to our 30th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to three Broadway seasons - 1986-87, 1987-88 and 1988-89 - when the following nine musicals opened:

Rags
August 21, 1986 - August 23, 1986 (4 performances)

Smile
November 24, 1986 - January 3, 1987 (48 performances)

Les Misérables
March 12, 1987 - May 18, 2003 (6,680 performances)
Revival: November 9, 2006 - January 6, 2008 (463 performances)

Starlight Express
March 15, 1987 - January 8, 1989 (761 performances)

Into the Woods
November 5, 1987 - September 3, 1989 (765 performances)
Revival: April 30, 2002 - December 29, 2002 (279 performances)

The Phantom of the Opera
January 26, 1988 - Present (10,343+ performances)

Chess
April 28, 1988 - June 25, 1988 (68 performances)

Carrie
May 12, 1988 - May 15, 1988 (5 performances)

Legs Diamond
December 26, 1988 - February 19, 1989 (64 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?"

Les Misérables' "I Dreamed a Dream" (Lea Salonga performs during the 25th Anniversary Concert on October 3, 2010)

vs.

Into the Woods' "No One is Alone" (Laura Benanti, Stephen DeRosa, Molly Ephrain and Adam Wylie perform on The Rosie O'Donnell Show in 2002)





Les Misérables' "One Day More" (Alfie Boe, Jenny Galloway, Katie Hall, Matt Lucas, Nick Jonas, Norm Lewis, Ramin Karimloo, Samantha Barks perform during the 25th Anniversary Concert on October 3, 2010)

vs.

"The Phantom of the Opera" (Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley perform in the music video version)





Les Misérables' "On My Own" (Lea Salonga performs during the 10th Anniversary Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1995)

vs.

Into the Woods' "Children Will Listen" (Bernadette Peters performs during her 1998 concert at London's Royal Festival Hall)





The Phantom of the Opera's "The Music of the Night" (Michael Crawford performs)

vs.

Chess' "One Night in Bangkok" (Murray Head performs in a 1985 music video)





Into the Woods' "Agony" (Chuck Wagner and Robert Westenberg perform on the 1991 PBS broadcast)

vs.

Chess' "You and I" (Josh Groban and Idina Menzel perform during Chess In Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall in May 2008)





Phantom of the Opera's "All I Ask of You" (Michael Ball and Sarah Brightman perform during the 1998 concert, Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration)

vs.

Chess' "I Know Him So Well" (Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson perform in a 1985 music video)





Into the Woods' "Any Moment" (Bernadette Peters performs during her 1998 concert at London's Royal Festival Hall)

vs.

Chess' "Someone Else's Story" (Judy Kuhn performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Carrie's "When There's No One" (Betty Buckley performs on her 1993 album, Children Will Listen)

vs.

Chess' "Nobody's Side" (Elaine Paige performs in a 1985 music video)





Carrie's "Unsuspecting Hearts" (Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner perform on their 1999 album, Unsuspecting Hearts)

vs.

"Rags" (Judy Kuhn and Dick Latessa perform during the 41st Annual Tony Awards on June 7, 1987)





Smile's "Disneyland" (Jodi Benson performs on the 1994 album, Unsung Musicals)

vs.

"Starlight Express" (Shirley Bassey performs on Pebble Mill at One in 1994)





Legs Diamond's "When I Get My Name in Lights" (David Campbell performs on the Australian TV series, Hey Hey It's Saturday, on April 28, 2010)

vs.

Chess' "Anthem" (Michael Ball performs on his TV series in 1994)



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