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Friday, April 12, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #37: 2010-13 Broadway Seasons



In the 36th Show Tune Showdown, Sweeney Todd won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

Sweeney Todd's "Pretty Women" and "Not While I'm Around"

Ballroom's "Fifty Percent"

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' "Hard Candy Christmas"

The Grand Tour's "You I Like"

Platinum's "Nothing But"

They're Playing Our Song's "They're Playing Our Song"

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

Now on to our 37th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to the 2010-11 and 2011-12 Broadway seasons - as well as the current 2012-13 season - when the following 10 musicals opened (I was going to include the 2009-10 season, but I did not find any songs worth featuring):

The Scottsboro Boys
October 31, 2010 - December 12, 2010 (49 performances)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
November 4, 2010 - January 2, 2011 (69 performances)

The Book of Mormon
March 24, 2011 - Present (849+ performance)

Catch Me If You Can
April 10, 2011 - September 4, 2011 (166 performances)

Wonderland
April 17, 2011 - May 15, 2011 (33 performances)

Bonnie & Clyde
December 1, 2011 - December 30, 2011 (36 performances)

Lysistrata Jones
December 14, 2011 - January 8, 2012 (30 performances)

Ghost The Musical
April 23, 2012 - August 18, 2012 (136 performances)

Kinky Boots
April 4, 2013 - Present

Matilda
April 11, 2013 - Present

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?"

The Book of Mormon's "Hello" (the cast perform on the 66th Annual Tony Awards on June 10, 2012)

vs.

Catch Me's "Goodbye" (Aaron Tveit performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





The Book of Mormon's "Turn It Off" (Rory O'Malley and cast perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Catch Me's "Don't Break the Rules" (Norbert Leo Butz performs on the 65th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 2011)





The Book of Mormon's "I Believe" (Andrew Rannells performs on the 65th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 2011)

vs.

Women's "Time Stood Still" (Patti LuPone performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Bonnie & Clyde's "This World Will Remember Me" (Jeremy Jordan performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Catch Me's "Jet Set" (from the original Broadway cast recording)





Catch Me's "Fly, Fly Away" (Kerry Butler performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Women's "Model Behavior" (Laura Benanti performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Catch Me's "Butter Outta Cream" (Aaron Tveit and Tom Wopat perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

The Scottsboro Boys' "Commencing in Chattanooga" (Joshua Henry and the cast perform on the 65th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 2011; song begins at 0:54)





Kinky Boots' "Sex Is in the Heel" (Cyndi Lauper performs)

vs.

Matilda's "When I Grow Up" (from the original London cast recording)





Ghost's "Here Right Now" (Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Wonderland's "A Nice Little Walk" (Kate Shindle and Danny Stiles perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





Women's "Lovesick" (Sherie Rene Scott performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Wonderland's "The Mad Hatter" (Kate Shindle performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Women's "Mother's Day" (Sherie Rene Scott performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Lysistrata Jones' "When She Smiles" (Andrew Rannells performs on Good Morning Texas in 2010 during the musical's premiere at the Dallas Theater Center)



2 comments:

laura freeman said...

Marc,
That was the first time I listened to any of Women on the Verge. LOVE it. It's original, love the lyrics. Why didn't this show succeed?

Marc said...

Hey, Laura, I'm so glad you LOVE the score of Women on the Verge. From the reviews I read, the problem with the Broadway production was the book and the direction - and perhaps the title, which may have deterred a few folks not familiar with the film.