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Friday, December 20, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #54: 1926-1970, Round 4



In the 53rd Show Tune Showdown, Little Shop of Horrors, Sunset Boulevard and Wicked won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 4:

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

Sunset Boulevard's "With One Look", "As If We Never Said Goodbye" and "New Ways to Dream"

Wicked's "Defying Gravity", "Popular" and "For Good"

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

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

Assassins' "The Ballad of Booth"

Falsettos' "The Baseball Game"

Grand Hotel's "We'll Take a Glass Together"

Jekyll & Hyde's "This Is the Moment"

Kinky Boots' "Sex Is In The Heel"

The Life's "My Body"

Miss Saigon's "Last Night of the World"

Next to Normal's "I Am the One"

The Producers' "Keep It Gay"

RENT's "Seasons of Love"

Thoroughly Modern Millie's "Gimme Gimme"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, January 3.

Now on to our 54th Show Tune Showdown, which begins Round 4 and takes us back to 1926-1970 when the following 40 musicals opened on Broadway:

Oh, Kay!
November 8, 1926 - June 1927 (256 performances)
Revival: January 2, 1928 - January 14, 1928 (16 performances)
Revival: November 1, 1990 - April 14, 1991 (77 performances)

Show Boat
December 27, 1927 - May 4, 1929 (572 performances)
Revival: May 19, 1932 - October 22, 1932 (180 performances)
Revival: January 5, 1946 - January 4, 1947 (418 performances)
Revival: April 24, 1983 - June 26, 1983 (73 performances)
Revival: October 2, 1994 - January 5, 1997 (947 performances)

Paris
October 8, 1928 - March 23, 1929 (195 performances)

Girl Crazy
October 14, 1930 - June 6, 1931 (272 performances)

Gay Divorce
November 29, 1932 - July 1, 1933 (248 performances)

Anything Goes
November 21, 1934 - November 16, 1935 (420 performances)
Revival: October 19, 1987 - September 3, 1989 (784 performances)
Revival: April 7, 2011 - July 8, 2012 (521 performances)

Porgy and Bess
October 10, 1935 - January 25, 1936 (124 performances)
Revival: January 22, 1942 - September 26, 1942 (286 performances)
Reopened on September 13, 1943 - October 2, 1943 (24 performances)
Reopened on February 7, 1944 - April 8, 1944 (64 performances)
Revival: March 10, 1953 - November 28, 1953 (305 performances)
Revival: September 25, 1976 - January 9, 1977 (122 performances)
Revival: April 7, 1983 - May 15, 1983 (45 performances)
Revival: January 12, 2012 - September 23, 2012 (293 performances)

Babes in Arms
April 14, 1937 - December 18, 1937 (289 performances)

Carousel
April 19, 1945 - May 24, 1947 (890 performances)
Reopened February 22, 1949 - March 5, 1949 (32 performances)
Revival: June 2, 1954 - August 8, 1954 (79 performances)
Revival: September 11, 1957 - September 29, 1957 (24 performances)
Revival: March 24, 1994 - January 15, 1995 (337 performance

Brigadoon
March 13, 1947 - July 31, 1948 (581 performances)
Revival: May 2, 1950 - May 21, 1950 (24 performances)
Revival: April 9, 1957 - May 5, 1957 (47 performances)
Revival: January 30, 1963 - February 10, 1963 (16 performances)
Revival: October 16, 1980 - February 8, 1981 (133 performances)

Kiss Me, Kate
December 30, 1948 - July 28, 1951 (1,077 performances)
Revival: January 8, 1952 - January 13, 1952 (8 performances)
Revival: November 18, 1999 - December 30, 2001 (881 performances)

South Pacific
April 7, 1949 - January 16, 1954 (1,925 performances)
Revival: April 3, 2008 - August 22, 2010 (996 performances)

Guys and Dolls
November 24, 1950 - November 28, 1953 (1,200 performances)
Revival: July 21, 1976 - February 13, 1977 (239 performances)
Revival: April 14, 1992 - January 8, 1995 (1,143 performances)
Revival: March 1, 2009 - June 14, 2009 (121 performances)

Out of This World
December 21, 1950 - May 5, 1951 (157 performances)

The King and I
March 29, 1951 - March 20, 1954 (1,246 performances)
Revival: May 2, 1977 - December 30, 1978 (695 performances)
Revival: January 7, 1985 - June 30, 1985 (191 performances)
Revival: April 11, 1996 - March 22, 1998 (780 performances)

The Pajama Game
May 13, 1954 - November 24, 1956 (1,063 performances)
Revival: December 9, 1973 - February 3, 1974 (65 performances)
Revival: February 23, 2006 - June 17, 2006 (129 performances)

Damn Yankees
May 5, 1955 - October 12, 1957 (1,019 performances)
Revival: March 3, 1994 - August 6, 1995 (533 performances)

My Fair Lady
March 15, 1956 - September 29, 1962 (2,717 performances)
Revival: March 25, 1976 - February 20, 1977 (377 performances)
Revival: August 18, 1981 - November 29, 1981 (120 performances)
Revival: December 9, 1993 - May 1, 1994 (165 performances)

Candide
December 1, 1956 - February 2, 1957 (73 performances)
Revival: March 10, 1974 - January 4, 1976 (740 performances)
Revival: April 29, 1997 - July 27, 1997 (104 performances)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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

Mame
Original: May 24, 1966 - January 3, 1970 (1,508 performances)
Revival: July 24, 1983 - August 28, 1983 (41 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)
Revival: April 24, 2014 - ?

Hair
April 29, 1968 - July 1, 1972 (1,750 performances)
Revival: October 5, 1977 - November 6, 1977 (43 performances)
Revival: March 31, 2009 - June 27, 2010 (519 performances)
Return Engagement: July 13, 2011 - September 10, 2011 (67 performances)

Promises, Promises
December 1, 1968 - January 1, 1972 (1,281 performances)
Revival: April 25, 2010 - January 2, 2011 (289 performances)

Dear World
February 6, 1969 - May 31, 1969 (132 performances)

Company
April 26, 1970 - January 1, 1972 (705 performances)
Revival: October 5, 1995 - December 3, 1995 (60 performances)
Revival: November 29, 2006 - July 1, 2007 (246 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?"

South Pacific's "Some Enchanted Evening" (Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot perform on The View in 2008 - begins at 1:23)

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





Guys and Dolls' "Adelaide's Lament" (Vivian Blaine performs on the 25th Annual Tony Awards on March 28, 1971)

vs.

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





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

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)





Candide's "Glitter and Be Gay" (Kristin Chenoweth performs in a concert production on May 5, 2004, which was later broadcast on PBS's Great Performances: Leonard Bernstein's Candide in Concert)

vs.

Company's "Being Alive" (Patti LuPone performs during the 1992 concert, Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall)





Company's "The Ladies Who Lunch" (Elaine Stritch sings her signature song during the 1998 concert, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, at Carnegie Hall)

vs.

Damn Yankees' "Whatever Lola Wants" (Gwen Verdon performs in the 1958 film version with Tab Hunter)





The King and I's "Something Wonderful" (Carly Simon performs on her 1990 album, My Romance)

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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.

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





"Anything Goes" (Patti LuPone performs on the 42nd Annual Tony Awards on June 5, 1988)

vs.

Oliver's "I'd Do Anything" (Jack Wild and the cast perform on the 1968 film soundtrack)





Company's "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" (original cast members Donna McKechnie, Pamela Myers and Susan Browning perform on the 1982 special, Showstoppers: The Best of Broadway)

vs.

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





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

vs.

Promises, Promises' "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" (Dionne Warwick performs on her 1970 album, I'll Never Fall in Love Again)





My Fair Lady's "I Could Have Danced All Night" (Peggy Lee performs on her 1960 album, Latin ala Lee!)

vs.

Girl Crazy's "I Got Rhythm" (Dinah Shore and Peggy Lee perform on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show on May 17, 1959)





Funny Girl's "Don't Rain on My Parade" (Barbra Streisand performs on her TV special, Funny Girl to Funny Lady, on March 9, 1975)

vs.

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)





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

vs.

Show Boat's "Ol' Man River" (Michel Bell and the revival cast perform on the 48th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 1994)





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

vs.

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





Company's "Getting Married Today" (Madeline Kahn performs - along with Jeanne Lehman and Mark Jacoby - during the 1992 concert, Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall)

vs.

Hair's "Where Do I Go?" (Gavin Creel and the Broadway revival cast perform at the 2009 Tony Awards Nominations Concert on May 18, 2009)





Gay Divorce's "Night and Day" (Helen Merrill performs on her album, Parole e Musica)

vs.

Hair's "Good Morning Starshine" (Beverly D'Angelo and the cast perform in the 1979 film version)





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

vs.

Carousel's "If I Loved You" (Robert Goulet performs in a television version on May 7, 1967)





Guys and Dolls' "Luck Be a Lady" (Frank Sinatra performs on his TV special, A Man and His Music - Part II, on December 7, 1966)

vs.

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





"Company" (Raúl Esparza and the 2006 Broadway revival cast perform)

vs.

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





Company's "Another Hundred People" (Pamela Myers performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Kiss Me Kate's "Always True to You in My Fashion" (Julie Wilson performs in a Hallmark Hall of Fame television production on November 20, 1958)





Anything Goes' "I Get a Kick Out of You" (Colin Donnell performs on CBS's The Early Show in 2011)

vs.

Company's "Someone Is Waiting" (Raúl Esparza performs in the 2006 Broadway revival)





Girl Crazy's "Embraceable You" (Judy Garland performs in the 1943 film version)

vs.

Out of This World's "From This Moment On" (Judy Garland performs this cut song - which was later used in the 1953 film, Kiss Me, Kate - on The Judy Garland Show on November 3, 1963)





Babes in Arms' "Johnny One Note" (Shirley Bassey performs)

vs.

Paris' "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" (Eartha Kitt performs on her 1970 TV series, Eartha Kitt in the Penthouse Suite)





Brigadoon's "Almost Like Being in Love" (Florence Henderson performs on The Bell Telephone Hour in the 1960s)

vs.

Show Boat's "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (Lonette McKee, Michel Bell, Gretha Boston, Rebecca Luker and the cast of the 1994 Broadway revival perform on the PBS special, Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II, on March 7, 1995)





Dear World's "Kiss Her Now" (Angela Lansbury performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

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





The Pajama Game's "Hernando's Hideaway" (Ella Fitzgerald performs on her 1963 album, Ella Sings Broadway)

vs.

Porgy and Bess' "Summertime" (from the 1958 album, Ella Fitzgerald Live at Mister Kelly's)





Anything Goes' "You're the Top" (Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal perform during the opening and closing credits of the 1972 film, What's Up, Doc?)

vs.

Guys and Dolls' "I've Never Been in Love Before" (Peter Gallagher and Josie de Guzman perform on the 1992 cast recording)





Oh, Kay!'s "Someone to Watch Over Me" (Audra McDonald performs in concert in 2002)

vs.

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



2 comments:

Damien said...

I live for this :)

Love the choices you give - always surprising :)

Thank you !

Marc said...

Thank YOU for voting, Damien! Glad you enjoy these showdowns!