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Friday, May 17, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #39: 1964-68 Broadway Seasons, Round 2



In the 38th Show Tune Showdown, Chicago, A Chorus Line and Mack & Mabel won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 3:

Chicago's "All That Jazz", "Cell Block Tango", "Mr. Cellophane" and "We Both Reached for the Gun"

A Chorus Line's "The Music and the Mirror", "Dance: Ten, Looks: Three", "What I Did for Love" and "Nothing"

Mack & Mabel's "Time Heals Everything" "I Won't Send Roses" "Look What Happened to Mabel" and "Wherever He Ain't"

The Rocky Horror Show's "The Time Warp", "Sweet Transvestite" and "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me"

Godspell's "Day by Day" and "Save the People"

A Little Night Music's "Send in the Clowns" and "Every Day a Little Death"

The Act's "Arthur in the Afternoon"

Annie's "Easy Street"

The Baker's Wife's "Meadowlark"

On the Twentieth Century's "On the Twentieth Century"

Pippin's "Simple Joys"

Seesaw's "It's Not Where You Start"

Sweeney Todd's "Not While I'm Around"

The Wiz's "Home"

Working's "If I Could've Been"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, May 31.

Now on to our 39th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to the 1964-68 Broadway seasons when the following 19 musicals opened:

Fade Out - Fade In
May 26, 1964 - April 17, 1965 (271 performances)

Fiddler on the Roof
September 22, 1964 - July 2, 1972 (3,242 performances)
Revival: December 28, 1976 - May 21, 1977 (167 performances)
Revival: July 9, 1981 - August 23, 1981 (53 performances)
Revival: November 18, 1990 - June 16, 1991 (241 performances)
Revival: February 26, 2004 - January 8, 2006 (781 performances)

I Had a Ball
December 15, 1964 - June 12, 1965 (199 performances)

Flora, the Red Menace
May 4, 1965 - July 24, 1965 (87 performances)

The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd
May 16, 1965 - December 4, 1965 (231 performances)

Drat! The Cat!
October 10, 1965 - October 16, 1965 (8 performances)

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Original: October 17, 1965 - June 11, 1966 (280 performances)
Revival: December 11, 2011 - January 29, 2012 (57 performances)

Skyscraper
Original: November 13, 1965 - June 11, 1966 (248 performances)

Man of La Mancha
Original: November 22, 1965 - June 26, 1971 (2,328 performances)
Revival #1: June 22, 1972 - October 21, 1972 (140 performances)
Revival #2: September 15, 1977 - December 31, 1977 (124 performances)
Revival #3: April 24, 1992 - July 26, 1992 (108 performances)
Revival #4: December 5, 2002 - August 31, 2003 (304 performances)

The Yearling
December 10, 1965 - December 11, 1965 (3 performances)

Sweet Charity
Original: January 29, 1966 - July 15, 1967 (608 performances)
Revival #1: April 27, 1986 - March 15, 1987 (369 performances)
Revival #2: May 4, 2005 - December 31, 2005 (279 performances)

"It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman"
March 29, 1966 - July 17, 1966 (129 performances)

Mame
Original: May 24, 1966 - January 3, 1970 (1,508 performances)
Revival: July 24, 1983 - August 28, 1983 (41 performances)

Annie Get Your Gun
Revival: September 21, 1966 - November 26, 1966 (78 performances)

Cabaret
November 20, 1966 - September 6, 1969 (1,165 performances)
Revival: October 22, 1987 - June 4, 1988 (261 performances)
Revival: March 19, 1998 - January 4, 2004 (2,377 performances)

Sherry!
March 28, 1967 - May 27, 1967 (72 performances)

Hallelujah, Baby!
April 26, 1967 - January 13, 1968 (293 performances)

How Now, Dow Jones
December 7, 1967 - June 15, 1968 (220 performances)

Golden Rainbow
February 4, 1968 - January 11, 1969 (383 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?"

"Mame" (Ginger Rogers and the London cast of Mame perform at the Royal Variety Performance on November 10, 1969)

vs.

"Cabaret" (Liza Minnelli performs during Aznavour/Minnelli - Paris — Palais des Congrès in 1991)





Mame's "Bosom Buddies" (Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur perform on the 41st Annual Tony Awards on June 7, 1987)

vs.

Sweet Charity's "If My Friends Could See Me Now" (Dusty Springfield performs on her BBC TV show on September 12, 1967)





Fiddler on the Roof's "If I Were a Rich Man" (Zero Mostel performs on the 25th Annual Tony Awards on March 28, 1971)

vs.

Sweet Charity's "Big Spender" (Ann Reinking and the ladies perform on the 2002 PBS broadcast of the musical revue, Fosse)





Cabaret's "Willkommen" (Joel Grey performs on The Muppet Show on October 18, 1976)

vs.

Man of La Mancha's "The Impossible Dream" (Jack Jones performs on The Andy Williams Show on October 2, 1966)





Flora, the Red Menace's "A Quiet Thing" (Liza Minnelli performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Cabaret's "Don't Tell Mama" (Judi Dench performs on the 1968 London cast recording)





Mame's "If He Walked into My Life" (Eydie Gormé received a 1967 Grammy Award for her recording of this song)

vs.

On a Clear Day's "What Did I Have That I Don't Have" (Eydie Gormé performs on The Ed Sullivan Show on April 3, 1966)





On a Clear Day's "Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here" (Barbara Harris performs on The Bell Telephone Hour on February 27, 1966 - she and John Cullum also sing "Melinda", "On the S.S. Bernard Cohn", "What Did I Have That I Don't Have" and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever")

vs.

Superman's "You've Got Possibilities" (Linda Lavin performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Annie Get Your Gun's "An Old-Fashioned Wedding" (Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher perform on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on July 14, 1998 - this song was written for the 1966 revival)

vs.

Mame's "We Need a Little Christmas" (Jane Morgan performs on The Ed Sullivan Show on December 15, 1968, with Helen Gallagher as Gooch)





"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (Steve Lawrence performs on The Hollywood Palace on March 4, 1967)

vs.

The Roar of the Greasepaint's "A Wonderful Day Like Today" (Andy Williams performs on The Andy Williams Show in 1965)





Sweet Charity's "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" (Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly and Shirley MacLaine perform in the 1969 film version)

vs.

How Now, Dow Jones' "Step to the Rear" (Tony Roberts and the original Broadway cast perform on the 22nd Annual Tony Awards on April 21, 1968)





Fiddler on the Roof's "Tradition" (Zero Mostel and the cast perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Man of La Mancha's "Dulcinea" (Richard Kiley performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Flora, the Red Menace's "Sing Happy" (Liza Minnelli performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

"I Had a Ball" (Karen Morrow performs on The Ed Sullivan Show on January 3, 1965)





Fiddler on the Roof's "Sunrise, Sunset" (Louis Armstrong performs)

vs.

Hallelujah, Baby's "My Own Morning" (Leslie Uggams performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Golden Rainbow's "I've Gotta Be Me" (Steve Lawrence performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

The Roar of the Greasepaint's "Nothing Can Stop Me Now!" (Anthony Warlow performs on his 1992 album, On the Boards)





The Roar of the Greasepaint's "Who Can I Turn To?" (Tony Bennett performs on Shindig! on March 10, 1965)

vs.

Hallelujah, Baby's "Talking to Yourself" (Leslie Uggams, Allen Case and Robert Hooks perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





Drat! The Cat!'s "She Touched Me" (Barbra Streisand performs "He Touched Me" during a concert on June 17, 1967, that was recorded for her 1968 TV special, A Happening in Central Park)

vs.

Hallelujah, Baby's "Being Good Isn't Good Enough" (Barbra Streisand originally recorded this for her 1985 Broadway Album, but it wasn't released until her 2012 Release Me album)





Fade Out - Fade In's "Go Home Train" (Carol Burnett performs on the original Broadway cast recording - click here to listen to the song)

vs.

The Yearling's "I'm All Smiles" (Barbra Streisand performs on her 1964 album, People)




Skyscraper's "I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her" (Peter Marshall performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

"Sherry!" (Christine Baranski and Jonathan Freeman perform on the 1994 CD, Unsung Musicals)



4 comments:

mike/ said...

i thought this one was going to be as difficult as the last one! that was really a toughie; this turned out to be much easier...

Marc said...

Well, I guess I'll have to make the next one more difficult. :)

Thanks for selecting your favorites, Mike!

Christoph said...

I don't know. Choosing between Cabaret and Mame was pretty daunting!

Marc said...

That's what I like to hear, Christoph! :)