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Friday, June 28, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #42: 1961-64 Broadway Seasons, Round 2



In the 41st Show Tune Showdown, Wicked won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 3:

Wicked's "Defying Gravity", "Popular", "What Is This Feeling?" and "For Good"

Little Shop of Horrors' "Suddenly Seymour", "Somewhere That's Green" and "Little Shop of Horrors"

Ragtime's "Ragtime", "Journey On" and "Your Daddy's Son"

Hairspray's "It Takes Two" and "Without Love"

Aida's "Elaborate Lives"

Assassin's "The Ballad of Booth"

Jekyll & Hyde's "This Is the Moment"

The Life's "My Body"

The Producers' "Keep It Gay"

Thoroughly Modern Millie's "Gimme Gimme"

Urinetown's "Run, Freedom, Run!"

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown's "My New Philosophy"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, July 12.

Now on to our 42nd Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to the 1961-64 Broadway seasons when the following 17 musicals opened:

Carnival!
April 13, 1961 - January 5, 1963 (719 performances)

Milk and Honey
October 10, 1961 - January 26, 1963 (543 performances)

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
October 14, 1961 - March 6, 1965 (1,417 performances)
Revival: March 23, 1995 - July 14, 1996 (548 performances)
Revival: March 27, 2011 - May 20, 2012 (473 performances)

Subways Are for Sleeping
December 27, 1961 - June 23, 1962 (205 performances)

No Strings
March 15, 1962 - August 3, 1963 (580 performances)

I Can Get It for You Wholesale
March 22, 1962 - December 8, 1962 (300 performances)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
May 8, 1962 - August 29, 1964 (964 performances)
Revival: March 30, 1972 - August 12, 1972 (156 performances)
Revival: April 18, 1996 - January 4, 1998 (715 performances)

Stop the World – I Want to Get Off
October 3, 1962 - February 1, 1964 (555 performances)
Revival: August 3, 1978 - August 27, 1978 (30 performances)

Little Me
November 17, 1962 - June 29, 1963 (257 performances)
Revival: January 21, 1982 - February 21, 1982 (36 performances)
Revival: November 12, 1998 - February 7, 1999 (99 performances)

Oliver!
January 6, 1963 - November 14, 1964 (774 performances)
Return Engagement: August 2, 1965 - September 25, 1965 (64 performances)
Revival: April 29, 1984 - May 13, 1984 (17 performances)

She Loves Me
Original: April 23, 1963 - January 11, 1964 (301 performances)
Revival: June 10, 1993 - June 19, 1994 (354 performances)

Here's Love
October 3, 1963 - July 25, 1964 (334 performances)

Hello, Dolly!
January 16, 1964 - December 27, 1970 (2,844 performances)
Revival: November 6, 1975 - December 28, 1975 (42 performances)
Revival: March 5, 1978 - July 9, 1978 (147 performances)
Revival: October 19, 1995 - January 28, 1996 (116 performances)

Foxy
February 16, 1964 - April 18, 1964 (72 performances)

Funny Girl
March 26, 1964 - July 1, 1967 (1,348 performances)

Anyone Can Whistle
April 4, 1964 - April 11, 1964 (9 performances)

High Spirits
April 7, 1964 - February 27, 1965 (375 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?"

"Hello, Dolly!" (Carol Channing performs at the Royal Variety Performance in London on October 30, 1972)

vs.

A Funny Thing's "Comedy Tonight" (Zero Mostel performs in the 1966 film version)





Funny Girl's "Don't Rain on My Parade" (Barbra Streisand performs in the 1968 film version)

vs.

Hello Dolly's "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" (the Broadway cast performs on the 22nd Annual Tony Awards on April 21, 1968 - Pearl Bailey also sings "So Long, Dearie")





Funny Girl's "People" (Barbra Streisand performs on her TV special, My Name Is Barbra, on April 28, 1965)

vs.

Oliver's "As Long As He Needs Me" (Eydie Gorme performs in 1968)





She Loves Me's "Vanilla Ice Cream" (Barbara Cook performs in 1996 the song she sang in the original Broadway production - and she has deservedly been named an honoree at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors)

vs.

Oliver's "Food, Glorious Food" (from the 1968 film version)





Stop the World's "What Kind of Fool Am I?" (Sammy Davis Jr. performs on The Andy Williams Show on October 25, 1962)

vs.

Oliver's "Where Is Love?" (Sammy Davis Jr. performs with Laurindo Almeida on guitar)





Anyone Can Whistle's "There's Always a Woman" (Carol Burnett and Ruthie Henshall perform this cut song from the musical during the Broadway production of Putting It Together on February 20, 2000)

vs.

A Funny Thing's "Lovely" (Ruthie Henshall and Carol Burnett perform during the Broadway production of Putting It Together on February 20, 2000)





Funny Girl's "I'm the Greatest Star" (Barbra Streisand performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Hello Dolly's "Elegance" (from the 1969 film soundtrack)





High Spirits' "Home Sweet Heaven" (Tammy Grimes performs the song she sang in the original Broadway production on a rare single version)

vs.

I Can Get It for You Wholesale's "Miss Marmelstein" (Barbra Streisand performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





"Little Me" (Little Peggy March performs in 1962)

vs.

"Milk and Honey" (Eddie Fisher performs in 1962)





A Funny Thing's "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" (Simon Russell Beale, Daniel Evans, Julian Ovenden and Bryn Terfel perform at BBC Proms 2010, Sondheim's 80th birthday celebration)

vs.

Anyone Can Whistle's "Everybody Says Don't" (Barbra Streisand performs on her 1993 album, Back to Broadway)





How to Succeed's "I Believe in You" (Robert Morse performs in the 1967 film version)

vs.

Oliver's "I'd Do Anything" (Davy Jones and the original Broadway cast perform on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964)





Little Me's "The Other Side of the Tracks" (Barbara McNair performs)

vs.

Stop the World's "Once in a Lifetime" (Shirley Bassey performs)





Little Me's "Here's to Us" (Judy Garland performs on The Judy Garland Show in 1963)

vs.

Funny Girl's "The Music That Makes Me Dance" (Liza Minnelli performs on the TV special, Baryshnikov on Broadway, on April 24, 1980)





No Strings' "The Sweetest Sounds" (Andy Williams performs)

vs.

Anyone Can Whistle's "There Won't Be Trumpets" (Lee Remick performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





She Loves Me's "Will He Like Me?" (Barbra Streisand performs on her 1964 album, People)

vs.

"She Loves Me" (Shirley Bassey performs "He Loves Me" on a 1979 episode of The Shirley Bassey Show)





Carnival's "Love Makes the World Go 'Round" (Anna Maria Alberghetti performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

A Funny Thing's "Pretty Little Picture" (Nathan Lane, Jim Stanek and Jessica Boevers perform on the 1996 Broadway cast recording)





Hello Dolly's "Ribbons Down My Back" (Emily Yancy performs on the 1967 Broadway cast recording)

vs.

She Loves Me's "Dear Friend" (Diane Fratantoni performs on the 1993 Broadway cast recording)





Hello Dolly's "So Long, Dearie" (Barbra Streisand performs on the 1969 film soundtrack)

vs.

Foxy's "Talk to Me, Baby" (Susannah McCorkle performs on her 1977 album, The Songs of Johnny Mercer)





Subways Are for Sleeping's "Be a Santa" (from The Living Voices' 1965 Christmas album, The Little Drummer Boy)

vs.

Here's Love's "Pinecones and Holly Berries/It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" (Laurence Naismith, Janis Paige and Fred Gwynne perform on the original Broadway cast recording)



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this site. You are a broadway god!

Marc said...

Thanks for the kind comment, Anonymous! Always a pleasure to meet another Broadway enthusiast.

Anonymous said...

Ribbons Down My Back was the first song from a musical I ever fell in love with. Admittedly a case of preferring the b side of a 45 but still, so beautiful. But, I'd never heard the version you'd posted. Thank you for including it.

Marc said...

Thank you for your comment, Anonymous - and for reading DEEP DISH!