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Friday, January 4, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #31: 2007-09 Broadway Seasons



In the 30th Show Tune Showdown, Chess won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

Chess' "You and I", "I Know Him So Well", "Someone Else's Story", "Nobody's Side" and "Anthem"

Les Misérables' "I Dreamed a Dream", "One Day More" and "On My Own"

The Phantom of the Opera's "The Music of the Night"

Rags' "Rags"

Starlight Express' "Starlight Express"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, January 18.

Now on to our 31st Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to two Broadway seasons - 2007-08 and 2008-09 - when the following eight musicals opened:

In the Heights
March 9, 2008 - January 9, 2011 (1,184 performances)

Cry-Baby
April 24, 2008 - June 22, 2008 (68 performances)

[title of show]
July 17, 2008 - October 12, 2008 (102 performances)

13
October 5, 2008 - January 4, 2009 (105 performances)

Billy Elliot the Musical
November 13, 2008 - January 8, 2012 (1,312 performances)

Shrek the Musical
December 14, 2008 - January 3, 2010 (441 performances)

Next to Normal
April 15, 2009 - January 16, 2011 (733 performances)

9 to 5: The Musical
April 30, 2009 - September 6, 2009 (148 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?"

Next to Normal's "I'm Alive" (Aaron Tveit performs during the 2008 Off-Broadway production)

vs.

Shrek's "Freak Flag" (from the original Broadway cast recording)





Next to Normal's "I Miss the Mountains" (Alice Ripley performs on The View on May 27, 2009)

vs.

In the Heights' "Breathe" (Mandy Gonzalez performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Next to Normal's "I've Been" (Brian d'Arcy James and Kyle Dean Massey perform on Good Morning America in 2010)

vs.

Shrek's "Who I'd Be" (Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster and Daniel Breaker perform on the original Broadway cast recording)




Next to Normal's "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" (Jennifer Damiano, Alice Ripley and Aaron Tveit perform during the Tony Awards Nominations Concert on May 18, 2009)

vs.

Cry-Baby's "Screw Loose" (Alli Mauzey performs on Live! with Regis and Kelly in 2008)





Next to Normal's "I Am the One" (J. Robert Spencer, Aaron Tveit and Alice Ripley perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

[title of show]'s "Nine People's Favorite Thing" (Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff and Jeff Bowen perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





Shrek's "Morning Person" (Sutton Foster performs on the Today show)

vs.

In the Heights' "When the Sun Goes Down" (Mandy Gonzalez and Christopher Jackson perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





13's "Bad Bad News" (from the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Cry-Baby's "A Little Upset" (James Snyder performs in From Broadway to Barre on March 27, 2012)





Billy Elliot's "Expressing Yourself" (from the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

9 to 5's "One of the Boys" (Allison Janney performs on the original Broadway cast recording)



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