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Friday, March 29, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #36: 1978-79 Broadway Season



In the 35th Show Tune Showdown, Nine and Merrily We Roll Along won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

Nine's "Unusual Way", "Be Italian" and "My Husband Makes Movies"

Merrily We Roll Along's "Our Time", "Rich and Happy" and "Good Thing Going"

Dreamgirls' "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "Dreamgirls"

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat's "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door"

Dance a Little Closer's "Another Life" and "Why Can't the World Go and Leave Us Alone?"

Merlin's "I Can Make It Happen"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, April 12.

Now on to our 36th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to the 1978-79 Broadway season when the following seven musicals opened:

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
June 19, 1978 - March 27, 1982 (1,584 performances)
Return Engagement: May 31, 1982 - July 24, 1982 (63 performances)

Platinum
November 12, 1978 - December 10, 1978 (33 performances)

Ballroom
December 14, 1978 - March 24, 1979 (116 performances)

A Broadway Musical
December 21, 1978 - December 21, 1978 (1 performance)

The Grand Tour
January 11, 1979 - March 4, 1979 (61 performances)

They're Playing Our Song
February 11, 1979 - September 6, 1981 (1,082 performances)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
March 1, 1979 - June 29, 1980 (557 performances)
Revival: September 14, 1989 - February 25, 1990 (188 performances)
Revival: November 3, 2005 - September 3, 2006 (349 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?"

Best Little Whorehouse's "Lil Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place" (Dolly Parton and cast perform in the 1982 film version)

vs.

Sweeney Todd's "Pretty Women" (Len Cariou performs on That's Singing: The Best of Broadway in 1982)





Best Little Whorehouse's "Hard Candy Christmas" (Dolly Parton and the cast perform in the 1982 film version)

vs.

Sweeney Todd's "Johanna" (Bernadette Peters performs during her 1998 concert at London's Royal Festival Hall)





Best Little Whorehouse's "The Aggie Song" (original Broadway cast members perform on the 33rd Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1979)

vs.

"They're Playing Our Song" (Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz perform on the 33rd Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1979)





Best Little Whorehouse's "The Bus from Amarillo" (from a 2006 Auburn University production)

vs.

Ballroom's "Fifty Percent" (Dorothy Loudon performs on the 33rd Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1979)





The Grand Tour's "I Belong Here" (Florence Lacey performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Platinum's "Nothing But" (Alexis Smith performs during Broadway Plays Washington at the Kennedy Center on February 11, 1982)





The Grand Tour's "Marianne" (Michael Feinstein performs on his 1993 album, Michael Feinstein Sings The Jerry Herman Songbook)

vs.

Sweeney Todd's "Not While I'm Around" (Scott Bakula performs on the Kennedy Center Honors in December 1993)





The Grand Tour's "You I Like" (Michael Feinstein and Jerry Herman perform on the 1993 album, Michael Feinstein Sings The Jerry Herman Songbook)

vs.

A Broadway Musical's "Smashing New York Times" (Jason Graae performs on the 1995 studio album, Unsung Musicals II - the song was originally cut from the 1970 musical, Applause)



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