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Friday, February 22, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #34: 1966-68 Broadway Seasons

In the 33rd Show Tune Showdown, My Fair Lady won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

My Fair Lady's "I Could Have Danced All Night", "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?", "The Rain in Spain", "On the Street Where You Live" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face"

Bells Are Ringing's "Just in Time", "I'm Going Back" and "It's a Perfect Relationship"

The Most Happy Fella's "Joey, Joey, Joey"

Candide's "Glitter and Be Gay"

Happy Hunting's "Mutual Admiration Society"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, March 8.

Now on to our 34th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to two Broadway seasons - 1966-67 and 1967-68 - when the following 12 musicals opened (or closed in previews):

Annie Get Your Gun
Revival: September 21, 1966 - November 26, 1966 (78 performances)

The Apple Tree
October 18, 1966 - November 25, 1967 (463 performances)
Revival: December 14, 2006 - March 11, 2007 (99 performances)

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)

Walking Happy
November 26, 1966 - April 16, 1967 (161 performances)

I Do! I Do!
December 5, 1966 - June 15, 1968 (560 performances)

Breakfast at Tiffany's
December 12, 1966 - December 14, 1966 (closed in previews)

March 28, 1967 - May 27, 1967 (72 performances)

Hallelujah, Baby!
April 26, 1967 - January 13, 1968 (293 performances)

Henry, Sweet Henry
October 23, 1967 - December 31, 1967 (80 performances)

How Now, Dow Jones
December 7, 1967 - June 15, 1968 (220 performances)

The Happy Time
January 18, 1968 - September 28, 1968 (286 performances)

Golden Rainbow
February 4, 1968 - January 11, 1969 (383 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?"

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


I Do! I Do's "My Cup Runneth Over" (Ed Ames' 1967 recording)

Cabaret's "Don't Tell Mama" (Judi Dench performs on the 1968 London cast recording)


The Apple Tree's "Gorgeous" (Barbara Harris performs on the 21st Annual Tony Awards on March 26, 1967 - song begins at 4:09)

"Cabaret" (Liza Minnelli performs during Aznavour/Minnelli - Paris — Palais des Congrès in 1991)


"The Happy Time" (Robert Goulet performs during the 22nd Annual Tony Awards on April 21, 1968)

Hallelujah, Baby's "Being Good Isn't Good Enough" (Barbra Streisand originally recorded this for her 1985 Broadway Album, but it wasn't released until her 2012 Release Me album)


Breakfast at Tiffany's "Good Girls Go to Heaven" (Sally Kellerman performs on the 1995 studio recording that was released in 2001 - this song was written for the show during its pre-Broadway tryout, but it was never used)

Hallelujah, Baby's "I Wanted to Change Him" (Leslie Uggams performs on the original Broadway cast recording)


Golden Rainbow's "I've Gotta Be Me" (Steve Lawrence performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

Hallelujah, Baby's "My Own Morning" (Leslie Uggams performs on the original Broadway cast recording)


The Happy Time's "Tomorrow Morning" (Robert Goulet, Michael Rupert and David Wayne perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

Hallelujah, Baby's "Talking to Yourself" (Leslie Uggams, Allen Case and Robert Hooks perform on the original Broadway cast recording)


I Do! I Do's "I Love My Wife" (Robert Preston performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

How Now, Dow Jones' "Step to the Rear" (Tony Roberts and the original Broadway cast perform on the 22nd Annual Tony Awards on April 21, 1968)


Henry, Sweet Henry's "Poor Little Person" (Alice Playten and the chorus perform on The Ed Sullivan Show on October 29, 1967)

"Sherry!" (Christine Baranski and Jonathan Freeman perform on the 1994 CD, Unsung Musicals)


Golden Rainbow's "For Once in Your Life" (Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

"Walking Happy" (Ethel Merman performs on The Hollywood Palace on December 5, 1967)


Annie Get Your Gun's "An Old-Fashioned Wedding" (Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher perform on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on July 14, 1998 - this song was written for the 1966 revival)

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