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Friday, December 6, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #53: 1989-2013, Round 3



In the 52nd Show Tune Showdown, Anything Goes and Guys and Dolls won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 4:

Anything Goes' "Anything Goes", "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You"

Guys and Dolls' "Adelaide's Lament", "I've Never Been in Love Before" and "Luck Be a Lady"

Girl Crazy's "Embraceable You" and "I Got Rhythm"

Show Boat's "Ol' Man River" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"

Babes in Arms' "Johnny One Note"

Brigadoon's "Almost Like Being in Love"

Carousel's "If I Loved You"

Damn Yankees' "Whatever Lola Wants"

Gay Divorce's "Night and Day"

The King and I's "Something Wonderful"

Kiss Me Kate's "Always True to You in My Fashion"

Oh, Kay!'s "Someone to Watch Over Me"

Out of This World's "From This Moment On"

The Pajama Game's "Hernando's Hideaway"

Paris' "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)"

Porgy and Bess' "Summertime"

South Pacific's "Some Enchanted Evening"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, December 20.

Now on to our 53rd Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to 1989-2013 when the following 30 musicals opened on Broadway:

Grand Hotel
November 12, 1989 - April 25, 1992 (1,017 performances)

City of Angels
December 11, 1989 - January 19, 1992 (879 performances)

Aspects of Love
April 8, 1990 - March 2, 1991 (377 performances)

Once on This Island
October 18, 1990 - December 1, 1991 (469 performances)

Miss Saigon
April 11, 1991 - January 28, 2001 (4,092 performances)

Falsettos
April 29, 1992 - June 27, 1993 (486 performances)

Sunset Boulevard
November 17, 1994 - March 22, 1997 (977 performances)

RENT
April 29, 1996 - September 7, 2008 (5,123 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)

Ragtime
January 18, 1998 - January 16, 2000 (834 performances)
Revival: November 15, 2009 - January 10, 2010 (65 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 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 (4,196 performances so far)

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

The Light in the Piazza
April 18, 2005 - July 2, 2006 (504 performances)

The Drowsy Chaperone
May 1, 2006 - December 30, 2007 (674 performances)

Grey Gardens
November 2, 2006 - July 29, 2007 (307 performances)

Spring Awakening
December 10, 2006 - January 18, 2009 (859 performances)

In the Heights
March 9, 2008 - January 9, 2011 (1,184 performances)

Billy Elliot the Musical
November 13, 2008 - January 8, 2012 (1,312 performances)

Next to Normal
April 15, 2009 - January 16, 2011 (733 performances)

The Book of Mormon
March 24, 2011 - Present (1,123+ performance)

Catch Me If You Can
April 10, 2011 - September 4, 2011 (166 performances)

Kinky Boots
April 4, 2013 - Present (277+ 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?"

The Book of Mormon's "Hello" (the cast perform on the 66th Annual Tony Awards on June 10, 2012)

vs.

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




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

vs.

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




Aspects of Love's "Love Changes Everything" (Michael Ball performs the song, which was released as a single)

vs.

RENT's "Seasons of Love" (from the final Broadway performance, which was filmed and screened in movie theaters)




The Drowsy Chaperone's "Show Off" (Sutton Foster performs on the 60th Annual Tony Awards on June 11, 2006)

vs.

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




Spring Awakening's "Totally Fucked" (from the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

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




Billy Elliot's "Expressing Yourself" (from the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

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




Grey Garden's "Another Winter in a Summer Town" (Christine Ebersole performs on The View on October 30, 2006 - begins at 3:20)

vs.

Sunset Boulevard's "With One Look" (Glenn Close performs at Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall on April 7, 1998)




Falsettos' "What More Can I Say" (Michael Rupert performs in a 1994 Los Angeles production)

vs.

Sunset Boulevard's "As If We Never Said Goodbye" (Patti LuPone performs during her 1997 PBS concert, An Evening with Patti LuPone)




The Drowsy Chaperone's "As We Stumble Along" (Beth Leavel performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Grand Hotel's "We'll Take a Glass Together" (Michael Jeter and Brent Barrett perform on the 44th Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1990)




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

vs.

Once on This Island's "Come Down from the Tree" (Audra McDonald sings this cut song in concert)




Miss Saigon's "I Still Believe" (Lea Salonga and Claire Moore perform on the British TV show, Wogan, in 1989)

vs.

Sunset Boulevard's "New Ways to Dream" (Betty Buckley performs on the 1995 Broadway highlights cast recording, Songs From Sunset Boulevard)




Aspects of Love's "The First Man You Remember" (Michael Ball and Lisa Waddingham perform during the Royal Variety Performance on November 20, 1989)

vs.

Miss Saigon's "Last Night of the World" (Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman perform during the Royal Variety Performance of Miss Saigon on March 4, 1991)




City of Angels' "You Can Always Count on Me" (Randy Graff performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

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.

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




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

vs.

In the Heights' "When the Sun Goes Down" (Mandy Gonzalez and Christopher Jackson 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.

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




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

vs.

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




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

vs.

Next to Normal's "I'm Alive" (Aaron Tveit performs during the 2008 Off-Broadway production)




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

vs.

Spring Awakening's "Mama Who Bore Me" (Lea Michele performs on the original Broadway cast recording)




Next to Normal's "I Miss the Mountains" (Alice Ripley performs on The View on May 27, 2009)

vs.

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




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

vs.

Catch Me's "Jet Set" (from the original Broadway cast recording)




Kinky Boots' "Sex Is In The Heel" (Billy Porter and the Broadway cast perform on The View on June 5, 2013)

vs.

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




The Light in the Piazza's "Say It Somehow" (Katie Rose Clarke and Aaron Lazar perform on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center broadcast on June 15, 2006 - begins at 6:40)

vs.

Next to Normal's "I Am the One" (J. Robert Spencer, Aaron Tveit and Alice Ripley perform on the original Broadway cast recording)




Falsettos' "The Baseball Game" (the original Broadway cast perform on the 46th Annual Tony Awards on May 31, 1992 - song begins at 1:20)

vs.

The Light in the Piazza's "Statues and Stories" (Victoria Clark and Kelli O'Hara perform on the 59th Annual Tony Awards on June 5, 2005)


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