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Friday, November 2, 2012

Show Tune Showdown #27: 1943-46 Broadway Seasons

In the 26th Show Tune Showdown, Oklahoma! won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

Oklahoma's "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'", "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", "I Cain't Say No", "People Will Say We're in Love" and "Oklahoma!"

Pal Joey's "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"

Cabin in the Sky's "Honey in the Honeycomb"

DuBarry Was a Lady's "Friendship"

By Jupiter's "Ev'rything I've Got"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, November 16.

Now on to our 27th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to the 1943-46 Broadway seasons when the following six musicals opened:

One Touch of Venus
October 7, 1943 - February 10, 1945 (567 performances)

A Connecticut Yankee
Revival: November 17, 1943 - March 11, 1944 (135 performances)

On the Town
December 28, 1944 - February 2, 1946 (462 performances)
Revival: October 1, 1971 - January 1, 1972 (73 performances)
Revival: November 19, 1998 - January 17, 1999 (69 performances)

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 performances)

St. Louis Woman
March 30, 1946 - July 6, 1946 (113 performances)

Annie Get Your Gun
May 16, 1946 - February 12, 1949 (1,147 performances)
Revival: September 21, 1966 - November 26, 1966 (78 performances)
Revival: March 4, 1999 - September 1, 2001 (1,045 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?"

Annie Get Your Gun's "There's No Business Like Show Business" (Rosemary Clooney performs at NYC's Marriott Marquis on October 7, 1985)


Carousel's "Soliloquy" (Julian Ovenden performs during Proms 49: A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein in 2010)

Annie Get Your Gun's "Anything You Can Do" (Ethel Merman and Bruce Yarnell perform on the 1966 Broadway revival cast recording)


On the Town's "Ya Got Me" (Christine Ebersole, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Hampson and Yo-Yo Ma perform with the San Francisco Symphony during A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein: Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008)

Annie Get Your Gun's "I Got the Sun in the Morning" (Ethel Merman and the cast of the 1966 Broadway revival perform on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 25, 1966)


A Connecticut Yankee's "To Keep My Love Alive" (Elaine Stritch performs in the 1985 PBS special, Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy III - the song was written for the 1943 Broadway revival)

Annie Get Your Gun's "I Got Lost in His Arms" (Eydie Gormé performs on her 1959 album, On Stage)


St. Louis Woman's "Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home" (Vanessa Williams performs with the Boston Pops in 2004)

Annie Get Your Gun's "They Say It's Wonderful" (Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat perform on the 1999 Broadway revival cast recording)


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

On the Town's "New York, New York" (Thomas Hampson, David Garrison and Kurt Ollman perform during the 1992 London concert version)


Carousel's "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" (the cast of the 1956 film version perform)

On the Town's "I Can Cook Too" (Lea DeLaria performs on The Rosie O'Donnell Show with Jesse Tyler Ferguson on November 10, 1998)


St. Louis Woman's "Come Rain or Come Shine" (Judy Garland performs on The Judy Garland Show in 1963)

On the Town's "Some Other Time" (Barbra Streisand performs on her 2009 album, Love Is the Answer)


Carousel's "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Shirley Verrett and the cast of the 1994 Broadway revival perform during the 48th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 1994)

On the Town's "Lonely Town" (Frank Sinatra performs on his 1957 album, Where Are You?)


One Touch of Venus' "Speak Low" (Harpers Bizarre perform on their 1976 album, As Time Goes By)

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