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Friday, June 14, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #41: 1996-2004 Broadway Seasons, Round 2



In the 40th Show Tune Showdown, Company won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 3:

Company's "Being Alive", "Getting Married Today", "Company", "The Ladies Who Lunch", "Another Hundred People", "Side by Side by Side/What Would We Do Without You?", "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" and "Someone Is Waiting"

Grease's "There Are Worse Things I Could Do", "Summer Nights", "Beauty School Dropout" and "We Go Together"

Dear World's “I Don't Want to Know”, "And I Was Beautiful" and "Kiss Her Now"

Hair's "Good Morning Starshine" and "Where Do I Go?"

Promises, Promises' "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and "Wanting Things"

Follies' "The Road You Didn't Take"

Jesus Christ Superstar's "Everything's Alright"

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown's "Happiness"

Zorba's "Life Is"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, June 28.

Now on to our 41st Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to the 1996-2004 Broadway seasons when the following 20 musicals opened:

Titanic
April 23, 1997 - March 21, 1999 (804 performances)

The Life
April 26, 1997 - June 7, 1998 (466 performances)

Jekyll & Hyde
April 28, 1997 - January 7, 2001 (1,543 performances)
Revival: April 18, 2013 - May 12, 2013 (30 performances)

Side Show
October 16, 1997 - January 4, 1998 (91 performances)

Triumph of Love
October 23, 1997 - January 4, 1998 (85 performances)

Ragtime
January 18, 1998 - January 16, 2000 (834 performances)
Revival: November 15, 2009 - January 10, 2010 (65 performances)

Parade
December 17, 1998 - February 28, 1999 (85 performances)

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Revival: February 4, 1999 - June 13, 1999 (149 performances)

Aida
March 23, 2000 - September 5, 2004 (1,852 performances)

The Wild Party
April 13, 2000 - June 11, 2000 (68 performances)

The Full Monty
October 26, 2000 - September 1, 2002 (770 performances)

Seussical
November 30, 2000 - May 20, 2001 (198 performances)

The Producers
April 19, 2001 - April 22, 2007 (2,502 performances)

Urinetown
September 20, 2001 - January 18, 2004 (965 performances)

Thoroughly Modern Millie
April 18, 2002 - June 20, 2004 (903 performances)

Hairspray
August 15, 2002 - January 4, 2009 (2,642 performances)

Little Shop of Horrors
Off-Broadway: July 27, 1982 - November 1, 1987 (2,209 performances)
October 2, 2003 - August 22, 2004 (372 performances)

Wicked
October 30, 2003 - Present (3,991 performances so far)

Assassins
Off-Broadway: December 18, 1990 - February 16, 1991 (73 performances)
April 22, 2004 - July 18, 2004 (101 performances)

Caroline, or Change
May 2, 2004 - August 29, 2004 (136 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?"

"Ragtime" (the original Broadway cast perform on the 52nd Annual Tony Awards on June 7, 1998)

vs.

Hairspray's "Good Morning Baltimore" (Marissa Jaret Winokur performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Wicked's "Defying Gravity" (Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth perform on the 58th Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 2004)

vs.

Hairspray's "You Can't Stop the Beat" (the original Broadway cast perform on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on January 1, 2003)





The Life's "Use What You Got" (Sam Harris perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Wicked's "Popular" (Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel perform on the Today Show on November 12, 2003)





Side Show's "I Will Never Leave You" (Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley perform on the 52nd Annual Tony Awards on June 7, 1998)

vs.

Hairspray's "It Takes Two" (Matthew Morrison performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





The Life's "Mr. Greed" (Sam Harris performs)

vs.

Thoroughly Modern Millie's "Gimme Gimme" (Sutton Foster performs on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on April 25, 2002)





Little Shop's "Suddenly Seymour" (Hunter Foster and Kerry Butler perform on the 2003 Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Thoroughly Modern Millie's "Forget About the Boy" (Sutton Foster and the original Broadway cast perform on the 56th Annual Tony Awards on June 2, 2002)





The Life's "The Oldest Profession" (Lillias White performs)

vs.

Hairspray's "Without Love" (Matthew Morrison, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Corey Reynolds and Kerry Butler perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





Jekyll & Hyde's "Someone Like You" (Linda Eder performs in the original Broadway production)

vs.

Little Shop's "Somewhere That's Green" (Ellen Greene performs in the original 1982 Off-Broadway production)





The Full Monty's "Breeze Off the River" (Patrick Wilson performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

The Producers' "Keep It Gay" (Gary Beach and Roger Bart perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





The Life's "My Body" (the original Broadway cast performs on the 51st Annual Tony Awards on June 1, 1997)

vs.

The Wild Party's "Welcome to My Party" (Toni Collette performs on the original Broadway cast recording and on the 54th Annual Tony Awards on June 4, 2000, beginning at 1:26)





Urinetown's "Run, Freedom, Run!" (Hunter Foster and the original Broadway cast perform on the 56th Annual Tony Awards on June 2, 2002)

vs.

Aida's "A Step Too Far" (Sherie Rene Scott, Adam Pascal and Heather Headley perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





Triumph of Love's "Serenity" (Betty Buckley performs on The Rosie O'Donnell Show in October 1997)

vs.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown's "My New Philosophy" (Kristin Chenoweth performs on the 53rd Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 1999)





Side Show's "Who Will Love Me as I Am?" (Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner perform on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on October 27, 1997)

vs.

Wicked's "What Is This Feeling?" (Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel and the cast perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





Ragtime's "Journey On" (Mark Jacoby, Marin Mazzie and Peter Friedman perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Titanic's "There She Is" (Michael Cerveris and the original Broadway cast perform on the 51st Annual Tony Awards on June 1, 1997 - they also perform "I Must Get On That Ship" and "Godspeed Titanic")





Aida's "Elaborate Lives" (Adam Pascal and Heather Headley perform during the concert, My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, on October 16, 2000)

vs.

Seussical's "Alone in the Universe" (Kevin Chamberlin and Anthony Blair Hall perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





Jekyll & Hyde's "This Is the Moment" (Robert Cuccioli performs in the original Broadway production)

vs.

Parade's "All the Wasted Time" (Brent Carver and Carolee Carmello perform on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on January 25, 1999)





Ragtime's "New Music" (from the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

"Little Shop of Horrors" (Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks and Tisha Campbell perform in the 1986 film)





Ragtime's "Your Daddy's Son" (Audra McDonald performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Caroline, or Change's "Lot's Wife" (Tonya Pinkins performs on the 58th Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 2004)





Assassin's "The Ballad of Booth" (Patrick Cassidy and Victor Garber perform during the 1992 concert, Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall)

vs.

Parade's "This Is Not Over Yet" (Brent Carver and Carolee Carmello perform on the 53rd Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 1999 - the original Broadway cast also perform "The Old Red Hills of Home")





Wicked's "For Good" (Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Parade's "It's Hard to Speak My Heart" (Bertie Carvel performs on the 2007 London cast recording)



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