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Friday, May 3, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #38: 1972-79 Broadway Seasons, Round 2



In the 37th Show Tune Showdown, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown's "Time Stood Still", "Model Behavior", "Lovesick" and "Mother's Day"

Catch Me If You Can's "Don't Break the Rules" and "Jet Set"

The Book of Mormon's "Hello"

Kinky Boots' "Sex Is in the Heel"

The Scottsboro Boys' "Commencing in Chattanooga"

Wonderland's "A Nice Little Walk"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, May 17.

Now on to our 38th Show Tune Showdown, which begins Round 2 and takes us back to the 1972-79 Broadway seasons when the following 21 musicals opened:

Pippin
October 23, 1972 - June 12, 1977 (1,944 performances)

A Little Night Music
February 25, 1973 - August 3, 1974 (601 performances)
Revival: December 13, 2009 - January 9, 2011 (425 performances)

Seesaw
March 18, 1973 - December 8, 1973 (296 performances)

Mack & Mabel
October 6, 1974 - November 30, 1974 (66 performances)

The Wiz
January 5, 1975 - January 28, 1979 (1,672 performances)
Revival: May 24, 1984 - June 3, 1984 (13 performances)

Shenandoah
January 7, 1975 - August 7, 1977 (1,050 performances)
Revival: August 8, 1989 - September 2, 1989 (32 performances)

The Rocky Horror Show
March 10, 1975 - April 5, 1975 (45 performances)
Revival: November 15, 2000 - January 6, 2002 (437 performances)

Chicago
Original: June 3, 1975 - August 27, 1977 (936 performances)
Revival: November 14, 1996 - Present (6,829+ performances)

A Chorus Line
Original: July 25, 1975 - April 28, 1990 (6,137 performances)
Revival: October 5, 2006 - August 17, 2008 (759 performances)

The Baker's Wife
May 11, 1976 - November 1976 (closed on the road)

Godspell
Off-Broadway: May 17, 1971 - June 13, 1976 (2,124 performances)
June 22, 1976 - September 4, 1977 (527 performances)
Revival: November 7, 2011 - June 24, 2012 (264 performances)

Annie
April 21, 1977 - January 2, 1983 (2,377 performances)
Revival: March 26, 1997 - October 19, 1997 (239 performances)
Revival: November 8, 2012 - Present (198+ performances)

The Act
October 29, 1977 - July 1, 1978 (233 performances)

On the Twentieth Century
February 19, 1978 - March 18, 1979 (449 performances)

Working
May 14, 1978 - June 4, 1978 (24 performances)

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
June 19, 1978 - March 27, 1982 (1,584 performances)
Return Engagement: May 31, 1982 - July 24, 1982 (63 performances)

Platinum
November 12, 1978 - December 10, 1978 (33 performances)

Ballroom
December 14, 1978 - March 24, 1979 (116 performances)

The Grand Tour
January 11, 1979 - March 4, 1979 (61 performances)

They're Playing Our Song
February 11, 1979 - September 6, 1981 (1,082 performances)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
March 1, 1979 - June 29, 1980 (557 performances)
Revival: September 14, 1989 - February 25, 1990 (188 performances)
Revival: November 3, 2005 - September 3, 2006 (349 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?"

Chicago's "All That Jazz" (Bebe Neuwirth and the cast of the 1997 Broadway revival perform on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on December 2, 1996)

vs.

A Chorus Line's "One" (the original Broadway cast performs on the Tony Awards on April 18, 1976)





Chicago's "Cell Block Tango" (Chita Rivera and cast perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Sweeney Todd's "Pretty Women" (Len Cariou performs on That's Singing: The Best of Broadway in 1982)





Chicago's "Class" (Bebe Neuwirth and perform on the 1996 Broadway revival cast recording)

vs.

Annie's "Easy Street" (Dorothy Loudon, Robert Fitch and Barbara Erwin perform on the 31st Annual Tony Awards on June 5, 1977)





Chicago's "Mr. Cellophane" (Fred Ebb sings his own song on Dinah! on November 7, 1975)

vs.

Pippin's "Marking Time" (Michael Rupert - who appeared in the Broadway production - performs this song that was cut from the show)





Chicago's "We Both Reached for the Gun" (James Naughton and company perform in the 1996 Broadway revival)

vs.

Godspell's "All for the Best" (Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Barrett Foa perform during Upright Cabaret's Wicked Summer Nights on August 23, 2009)





A Chorus Line's "The Music and the Mirror" (Donna McKechnie performs on September 29, 1983, when the musical became the longest-running show in Broadway history)

vs.

Seesaw's "I'm Way Ahead" (Michele Lee performs on the 28th Annual Tony Awards on April 21, 1974 - she also sings "Seesaw")





A Chorus Line's "Dance: Ten, Looks: Three" (Pamela Blair performs on TV's Donahue on March 26, 1990)

vs.

"They're Playing Our Song" (Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz perform on the 33rd Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1979)





A Chorus Line's "What I Did for Love" (Priscilla Lopez and the original Broadway cast perform on TV's Donahue on March 26, 1990)

vs.

A Little Night Music's "The Miller's Son" (Susan Terry performs in New York City Opera's 1990 production)





A Chorus Line's "Nothing" (Priscilla Lopez performs at My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies on September 28, 1998)

vs.

Platinum's "Nothing But" (Alexis Smith performs during Broadway Plays Washington at the Kennedy Center on February 11, 1982)





Pippin's "Magic to Do" (Ben Vereen and company perform on the 27th Annual Tony Awards on March 25, 1973)

vs.

A Little Night Music's "Send in the Clowns" (Dame Judi Dench performs in the 1995 London revival)





Pippin's "No Time at All" (Martha Raye performs during the videotaped 1981 stage production)

vs.

A Little Night Music's "Every Day a Little Death" (Carol Burnett and Ruthie Henshall perform in the Broadway production of Putting It Together on February 20, 2000)





Pippin's "Simple Joys" (Raúl Esparza performs at Broadway Under the Stars on June 14, 2004)

vs.

The Wiz's "Everybody Rejoice (aka Brand New Day)" (Diana Ross and the cast perform in the 1978 film version)





Mack & Mabel's "Tap Your Troubles Away" (Anna-Jane Casey performs during BBC Proms 2012 at London's Royal Albert Hall)

vs.

The Rocky Horror Show's "The Time Warp" (the cast performs on the 1975 film soundtrack)





Mack & Mabel's "Time Heals Everything" (Bernadette Peters performs during her 1998 concert at London's Royal Festival Hall)

vs.

Ballroom's "Fifty Percent" (Dorothy Loudon performs on the 33rd Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1979)





Mack & Mabel's "I Won't Send Roses" (Michael Ball performs - and Ruthie Henshall also sings "Time Heals Everything")

vs.

Best Little Whorehouse's "Hard Candy Christmas" (Dolly Parton and the cast perform in the 1982 film version)





Mack & Mabel's "Look What Happened to Mabel" (Caroline O'Connor performs during her one-woman show, From Stage to Screen)

vs.

The Rocky Horror Show's "Dammit, Janet!" (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon perform on the 1975 film soundtrack)





The Baker's Wife's "Where is the Warmth?" (Patti LuPone performs on the original cast recording)

vs.

Mack & Mabel's "Wherever He Ain't" (Helen Sjöholm performs in 2010)





The Rocky Horror Show's "Sweet Transvestite" (Tim Curry performs on the 1975 film soundtrack)

vs.

Seesaw's "Nobody Does It Like Me" (Michele Lee performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Seesaw's "Welcome to Holiday Inn!" (Michele Lee performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

The Act's "Arthur in the Afternoon" (Karen Ziemba performs on the original Off-Broadway cast recording of the 1991 musical revue, And the World Goes 'Round)





Seesaw's "It's Not Where You Start" (Barbara Cook performs in 1996)

vs.

Working's "It's an Art" (Rita Moreno performs in the 1982 American Playhouse production on PBS)





The Rocky Horror Show's "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me" (Susan Sarandon performs on the 1975 film soundtrack)

vs.

On the Twentieth Century's "Repent" (Imogene Coca performs during Broadway Plays Washington at the Kennedy Center on February 11, 1982)





The Rocky Horror Show's "Once in a While" (Bill Miller performs on the 1974 Roxy/Los Angeles cast recording)

vs.

Godspell's "Day by Day" (Robin Lamont performs on the 1972 single release from the original Off-Broadway cast recording)





Shenandoah's "Freedom" (Donna Theodore and Chip Ford perform in a TV commercial for the original Broadway production - "Violets and Silverbells" is also performed)

vs.

"On the Twentieth Century" (John Cullum, Kevin Kline, Imogene Coca, Judy Kaye and the original Broadway cast perform on the 32nd Annual Tony Awards on June 4, 1978)





The Baker's Wife's "Meadowlark" (Patti LuPone performs at Les Mouches in 1980)

vs.

The Act's "City Lights" (Liza Minnelli performs on the 32nd Annual Tony Awards on June 4, 1978)





The Baker's Wife's "Proud Lady" (Max von Essen performs during a 2005 Paper Mill Playhouse production)

vs.

Sweeney Todd's "Not While I'm Around" (Scott Bakula performs on the Kennedy Center Honors in December 1993)





The Baker's Wife's "Chanson" (Teri Ralston performs on the original cast recording)

vs.

The Wiz's "Home" (Stephanie Mills performs on the syndicated talk show, Sammy and Company, on November 16, 1975)





Godspell's "Save the People" (Hunter Parrish and the cast perform on the 2011 Broadway cast recording)

vs.

The Wiz's "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News" (Mabel King performs in the 1978 film version)





The Grand Tour's "You I Like" (Michael Feinstein and Jerry Herman perform on the 1993 album, Michael Feinstein Sings The Jerry Herman Songbook)

vs.

Working's "If I Could've Been" (Lynne Thigpen performs during Broadway Plays Washington at the Kennedy Center on February 11, 1982)



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