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Friday, July 12, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #43: 1957-61 Broadway Seasons, Round 2



In the 42nd Show Tune Showdown, Funny Girl won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 3:

Funny Girl's "Don't Rain on My Parade", "People", "I'm the Greatest Star" and "The Music That Makes Me Dance"

Hello, Dolly's "Hello, Dolly!", "Ribbons Down My Back" and "So Long, Dearie"

Anyone Can Whistle's "Everybody Says Don't" and "There Won't Be Trumpets"

She Loves Me's "Vanilla Ice Cream" and "She Loves Me"

Stop the World – I Want to Get Off's "What Kind of Fool Am I?" and "Once in a Lifetime"

Carnival's "Love Makes the World Go 'Round"

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum's "Lovely"

Here's Love's "Pinecones and Holly Berries/It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"

I Can Get It for You Wholesale's "Miss Marmelstein"

Little Me's "Little Me"

Oliver's "I'd Do Anything"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, July 26.

Now on to our 43rd Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to the 1957-61 Broadway seasons when the following 10 musicals opened:

West Side Story
September 26, 1957 - June 27, 1959 (732 performances)
Return Engagement: April 27, 1960 - December 10, 1960 (249 performances)
Revival: April 8, 1964 - May 3, 1964 (31 performances)
Revival: February 14, 1980 - November 30, 1980 (333 performances)
Revival: March 19, 2009 - January 2, 2011 (748 performances)

Whoop-Up
December 22, 1958 - February 7, 1959 (56 performances)

Once Upon a Mattress
May 11, 1959 - July 2, 1960 (244 performances)
Revival: December 19, 1996 - June 1, 1997 (188 performances)

Gypsy
May 21, 1959 - March 25, 1961 (702 performances)
Revival: September 23, 1974 - January 4, 1975 (120 performances)
Revival: November 16, 1989 - July 28, 1991 (476 performances)
Revival: May 1, 2003 - May 30, 2004 (451 performances)
Revival: March 27, 2008 - January 11, 2009 (332 performances)

The Sound of Music
November 16, 1959 - June 15, 1963 (1,443 performances)
Revival: March 12, 1998 - June 20, 1999 (533 performances)

Fiorello!
November 23, 1959 - October 28, 1961 (795 performances)

Bye Bye Birdie
April 14, 1960 - October 7, 1961 (607 performances)
Revival: October 15, 2009 - January 24, 2010 (117 performances)

Camelot
December 3, 1960 - January 5, 1963 (873 performances)
Revival: July 8, 1980 - August 23, 1980 (56 performances)
Return Engagement: November 15, 1981 - January 2, 1982 (48 performances)
Revival: June 21, 1993 - August 7, 1993 (56 performances)

Wildcat
December 16, 1960 - June 3, 1961 (171 performances)

Do Re Mi
December 26, 1960 - January 13, 1962 (400 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?"

Gypsy's "Everything's Coming Up Roses" (Angela Lansbury performs on the 43rd Annual Tony Awards on June 4, 1989)

vs.

West Side Story's "America" (Rita Moreno and cast perform in the 1961 film)





Gypsy's "Some People" (Liza Minnelli performs in Paris in 1991)

vs.

West Side Story's "Something's Coming" (Shirley Bassey performs on her BBC TV series, The Shirley Bassey Show, in 1979)





Gypsy's "Together (Wherever We Go)" (Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli perform on The Judy Garland Show on November 17, 1963)

vs.

West Side Story's "Tonight" (Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert perform on The Ed Sullivan Show on November 2, 1958)





Gypsy's "All I Need is the Girl" (Barry Manilow performs on his 1991 Showstoppers album)

vs.

West Side Story's "Maria" (Daniel Boys performs on Friday Night is Music Night on December 5, 2008)





Gypsy's "If Momma Was Married" (Leigh Ann Larkin and Laura Benanti perform on the 2008 Broadway cast recording)

vs.

West Side Story's "One Hand, One Heart" (John Barrowman and Lea Salonga perform during A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein concert on July 2, 2005)





Gypsy's "You'll Never Get Away From Me" (Judy Kuhn performs on her 1995 album, Just in Time: Judy Kuhn Sings Jule Styne)

vs.

Camelot's "The Lusty Month of May" (Marin Mazzie performs on the Live from Lincoln Center production on May 8, 2008)





Gypsy's "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" (Bernadette Peters, Julia McKenzie and Ruthie Henshall perform during the 1998 concert, Hey, Mr. Producer!)


vs.

Fiorello's "Politics and Poker" (Howard Da Silva and cast perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





Gypsy's "Rose's Turn" (Ethel Merman performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Bye Bye Birdie's "Rosie" (Brent Spiner performs with Chita Rivera, beginning at 1:52)





The Sound of Music's "Do-Re-Mi" (Julie Andrews and the children sing on the 1965 film soundtrack)

vs.

West Side Story's "Somewhere" (Barbra Streisand performs in a 1985 music video to promote her Broadway album)





Do Re Mi's "Make Someone Happy" (Kelli O'Hara performs on February 23, 2009)

vs.

West Side Story's "I Feel Pretty" (Josie de Guzman from the 1980 Broadway revival performs on the Today Show)





The Sound of Music's "Edelweiss" (Julie Andrews performs during her 1993 concert in Japan, The Sound of Orchestra)

vs.

"Camelot" (Richard Burton performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Once Upon a Mattress' "Shy" (Carol Burnett performs in the 1964 TV version)

vs.

Bye Bye Birdie's "Kids" (Paul Lynde, Maureen Stapleton and Dick Van Dyke perform in the 1963 film version)





Wildcat's "Hey, Look Me Over" (Bea Arthur performs on the TV special, Broadway Plays Washington on Kennedy Center Tonight, on March 13, 1982)

vs.

Bye Bye Birdie's "A Lot of Livin' to Do" (Judy Garland performs on a 1963 studio pre-recording for The Judy Garland Show)





The Sound of Music's "So Long, Farewell" (the children perform on the 1965 film soundtrack)

vs.

Bye Bye Birdie's "One Last Kiss" (Jesse Pearson performs on the 1963 movie soundtrack)





Camelot's "If Ever I Would Leave You" (Nathan Gunn performs on the Live from Lincoln Center production on May 8, 2008)

vs.

Bye Bye Birdie's "Honestly Sincere" (Jesse Pearson performs in the 1963 film)





Camelot's "I Loved You Once in Silence" (Julie Andrews performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Whoop-Up's "Love Eyes" (Cheyanne Pretty lip-syncs to Rosemary Clooney, who performs on her 1960 album, Rosemary Clooney Swings Softly)



4 comments:

Howard Stump said...

Some really great songs in this battle - great to listen to several of them, and loved hearing my pretend boyfriend, Daniel Boys...

Marc said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this Showdown, Howard!

Chris Flad said...

You made it tough pitting so many Gypsy songs against West Side Story's. DAMN!!!

Marc said...

That's what I like to hear, Chris! The tougher the better! :)