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Friday, March 8, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #35: 1981-83 Broadway Seasons

In the 34th Show Tune Showdown, Cabaret and Hallelujah, Baby! won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

Cabaret's "Willkommen", "Don't Tell Mama" and "Cabaret"

Hallelujah, Baby's "Being Good Isn't Good Enough", "My Own Morning" and "Talking to Yourself"

Golden Rainbow's "I've Gotta Be Me"

How Now, Dow Jones' "Step to the Rear"

Sherry's "Sherry!"

Annie Get Your Gun's "An Old-Fashioned Wedding"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, March 29.

Now on to our 35th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to two Broadway seasons - 1981-82 and 1982-83 - when the following 10 musicals opened:

Oh, Brother!
November 10, 1981 - November 11, 1981 (3 performances)

Merrily We Roll Along
November 16, 1981 - November 28, 1981 (16 performances)

December 20, 1981 - August 11, 1985 (1,521 performances)
Revival: June 28, 1987 - November 29, 1987 (177 performances)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
January 27, 1982 - September 4, 1983 (747 performances)
Revival: November 10, 1993 - May 29, 1994 (231 performances)

Pump Boys and Dinettes
February 4, 1982 - June 18, 1983 (573 performances)

Little Johnny Jones
Since I've not featured any shows before 1924, I thought I would include a popular song from this musical, which originally opened on Broadway in 1904.
Revival: March 21, 1982 (1 performance)

May 9, 1982 - February 4, 1984 (729 performances)
Revival: April 10, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (283 performances)

October 7, 1982 - September 10, 2000 (7,485 performances)

February 13, 1983 - August 7, 1983 (199 performances)

Dance a Little Closer
May 11, 1983 (1 performance)

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?"

Cats' "Memory" (Betty Buckley performs on the 37th Annual Tony Awards on June 5, 1983)


Dreamgirls' "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (Jennifer Holliday performs on the 36th Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 1982)

Merrily We Roll Along's "Old Friends" (Liza Minnelli performs in Tokyo in 1995)


"Dreamgirls" (Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles and Anika Noni Rose perform on the 2006 film soundtrack)

Merrily We Roll Along's "Not a Day Goes By" (Julie Andrews performs during a private concert she gave in 1992)


Nine's "Unusual Way" (Griffith Frank performs in 2009)

Nine's "Be Italian" (Kathi Moss and the original Broadway cast perform on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in 1982)


Dreamgirls' "One Night Only" (Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Deborah Burrell perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

Cats' "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats" (the original Broadway cast performs on the 37th Annual Tony Awards on June 5, 1983)


Merrily We Roll Along's "Our Time" (Cheyenne Jackson, Benjamin Walker, Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Osnes and Montego Glover perform on the 2012 PBS special, From Dust to Dreams)

Merrily We Roll Along's "Rich and Happy" (Carol Burnett, George Hearn, John Barrowman, Ruthie Henshall and Bronson Pinchot perform during the Broadway production of Putting It Together, which was filmed on February 20, 2000)


Dreamgirl's "Move (You're Steppin' on My Heart)" (Lillias White, Audra McDonald and Heather Headley perform on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on September 21, 2001, to promote their appearance in the 2001 Actor's Fund benefit production of the musical)

Merrily We Roll Along's "Good Thing Going" (David Campbell performs on his 2010 DVD, The Broadway Show: Live in Australia)


Nine's "Guido's Song" (Antonio Banderas performs on the 57th Annual Tony Awards on June 8, 2003)

Dance a Little Closer's "No Man Is Worth It" (Liz Robertson performs on the original Broadway cast recording)


Nine's "My Husband Makes Movies" (Mary Stuart Masterson performs on the 2003 Broadway cast recording)

Joseph's "Any Dream Will Do" (Jason Donovan performs in 1991)


Little Johnny Jones' "Give My Regards to Broadway" (Joel Grey and the cast perform on the original Broadway cast recording of George M!)

Joseph's "Close Every Door" (Donny Osmond performs during the 1998 concert, Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration)


Pump Boys and Dinette's "No Holds Barred" (the original Broadway cast - John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, Jim Wann - perform on the 36th Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 1982 [song begins at 2:01])

Joseph's "Joseph's Coat" (Maria Friedman and Donny Osmond perform in the 1999 film version)


Merlin's "I Can Make It Happen" (Chita Rivera performs on The Merv Griffin Show)

Dance a Little Closer's "Another Life" (Liz Robertson performs during An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner on June 7, 1987)


Oh, Brother's "What Do I Tell People This Time?" (Judy Kaye performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

Dance a Little Closer's "Why Can't the World Go and Leave Us Alone?" (Brent Barrett and Jeff Keller perform during the musical's brief Broadway run)


Oh, Brother's "My World's Comin' Unwrapped" (Joe Morton performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

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