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Friday, May 31, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #40: 1968-72 Broadway Seasons, Round 2



In the 39th Show Tune Showdown, Cabaret and Mame won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 3:

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

Mame's "Bosom Buddies", "If He Walked into My Life" and "We Need a Little Christmas"

Sweet Charity's "Big Spender" and "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This"

Fiddler on the Roof's "Tradition" and "Sunrise, Sunset"

Drat! The Cat!'s "She Touched Me"

Fade Out - Fade In's "Go Home Train"

Flora, the Red Menace's "Sing Happy"

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

On a Clear Day's "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"

The Roar of the Greasepaint's "Who Can I Turn To?"

Sherry's "Sherry!"

Superman's "You've Got Possibilities"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, June 14.

Now on to our 40th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to the 1968-72 Broadway seasons when the following 15 musicals opened:

Hair
April 29, 1968 - July 1, 1972 (1,750 performances)
Revival: October 5, 1977 - November 6, 1977 (43 performances)
Revival: March 31, 2009 - June 27, 2010 (519 performances)
Return Engagement: July 13, 2011 - September 10, 2011 (67 performances)

Zorba
November 16, 1968 - August 9, 1969 (305 performances)
Revival: October 16, 1983 - September 2, 1984 (362 performances)

Promises, Promises
December 1, 1968 - January 1, 1972 (1,281 performances)
Revival: April 25, 2010 - January 2, 2011 (289 performances)

Dear World
February 6, 1969 - May 31, 1969 (132 performances)

Coco
December 18, 1969 - October 3, 1970 (329 performances)

Purlie
March 15, 1970 - November 6, 1971 (688 performances)
Revival: December 27, 1972 - January 7, 1973 (14 performances)

Applause
March 30, 1970 - July 27, 1972 (896 performances)

Company
April 26, 1970 - January 1, 1972 (705 performances)
Revival: October 5, 1995 - December 3, 1995 (60 performances)
Revival: November 29, 2006 - July 1, 2007 (246 performances)

Follies
April 4, 1971 - July 1, 1972 (522 performances)
Revival: April 5, 2001 - July 14, 2001 (117 performances)
Revival: September 12, 2011 - January 22, 2012 (152 performances)

70, Girls, 70
April 15, 1971 - May 15, 1971 (35 performances)

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
June 1, 1971 - June 27, 1971 (32 performances)
Revival: February 4, 1999 - June 13, 1999 (149 performances)

Jesus Christ Superstar
October 12, 1971 - July 1, 1973 (711 performances)
Revival: November 23, 1977 - February 12, 1978 (96 performances)
Revival: April 18, 2000 - September 3, 2000 (161 performances)
Revival: March 22, 2012 - July 1, 2012 (116 performances)

The Grass Harp
November 2, 1971 - November 6, 1971 (7 performances)

Prettybelle
February 1, 1971 - March 6, 1971 (closed in Boston)

Grease
February 14, 1972 - April 13, 1980 (3,388 performances)
Revival: May 11, 1994 - January 25, 1998 (1,505 performances)
Revival: August 19, 2007 - January 4, 2009 (554 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?"

Company's "Being Alive" (Patti LuPone performs during the 1992 concert, Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall)

vs.

Applause's "But Alive" (Lauren Bacall performs on the 1973 TV adaptation)





Company's "Getting Married Today" (Madeline Kahn performs - along with Jeanne Lehman and Mark Jacoby - during the 1992 concert, Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall)

vs.

Company's "Marry Me a Little" (John Barrowman performs during the 1999 Broadway production of Putting It Together)





Grease's "Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee" (Stockard Channing performs in the 1978 film)

vs.

Grease's "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" (Stockard Channing performs in the 1978 film)





Promises, Promises' "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" (Dionne Warwick performs on her 1970 album, I'll Never Fall in Love Again)

vs.

Jesus Christ Superstar's "I Don't Know How to Love Him" (Helen Reddy performs in 1971)





Promises, Promises' "Knowing When to Leave" (Betty Buckley performs on the 1970 London cast recording)

vs.

Dear World's “I Don't Want to Know” (Angela Lansbury performs on The Julie Andrews Hour on February 10, 1973, beginning at 2:02)





Dear World's "And I Was Beautiful" (Angela Lansbury performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Prettybelle's "When I'm Drunk I'm Beautiful" (Angela Lansbury performs on the 1982 studio cast album)





Hair's "Good Morning Starshine" (Beverly D'Angelo and the cast perform in the 1979 film version)

vs.

Hair's "The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)" (from the 1979 movie soundtrack)





Promises, Promises' "Half as Big as Life" (Kevin Spirtas performs at POZ's Bacharach To The Future fundraiser on December 1, 2008)

vs.

Zorba's "Life Is" (Lorraine Serabian and cast perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





Grease's "Summer Nights" (John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and cast perform in the 1978 film version)

vs.

Hair's "Black Boys/White Boys" (Nell Carter and cast perform in the 1979 film version)





"Company" (Raúl Esparza and the 2006 Broadway revival cast perform)

vs.

"Hair" (Gavin Creel, Will Swenson and the Broadway revival cast perform on the 63rd Annual Tony Awards on June 7, 2009)





Follies' "One More Kiss" (Licia Albanese and Erie Mills perform during the 1985 Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center)

vs.

Dear World's "Kiss Her Now" (Angela Lansbury performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Company's "The Ladies Who Lunch" (Elaine Stritch sings her signature song during the 1998 concert, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, at Carnegie Hall)

vs.


"Coco" (Katharine Hepburn performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Company's "Another Hundred People" (Pamela Myers performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Follies' "Too Many Mornings" (Julian Ovenden and Maria Friedman perform during BBC Proms 2010 - Sondheim at 80)





Follies' "In Buddy's Eyes" (Barbara Cook performs during the 1985 Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center)

vs.

Jesus Christ Superstar's "Everything's Alright" (Yvonne Elliman and Murray Head perform on the original 1970 concept album)





Hair's "Aquarius" (Ren Woods and the cast perform on the 1979 movie soundtrack)

vs.

Company's "Side by Side by Side/What Would We Do Without You?" (Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of the New York Philharmonic concert perform on the 65th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 2001)





Company's "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" (original cast members Donna McKechnie, Pamela Myers and Susan Browning perform on the 1982 special, Showstoppers: The Best of Broadway)

vs.

The Grass Harp's "Yellow Drum" (Barbara Cook, Carol Brice and Russ Thacker perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





Company's "Someone Is Waiting" (Raúl Esparza performs in the 2006 Broadway revival)

vs.

Follies' "Live, Laugh, Love" (Gregory Harrison performs in the 2001 Broadway revival)





Grease's "Beauty School Dropout" (Frankie Avalon performs in the 1978 film)

vs.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown's "Suppertime" (Bill Hinnant performs on the 1967 studio cast album)





Follies' "The Road You Didn't Take" (John McMartin performs in the original Broadway production)

vs.

Applause's "Think How It's Gonna Be" (Len Cariou performs on the original Broadway cast recording - click here to listen to the song))




Grease's "We Go Together" (from the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Purlie's "Walk Him Up the Stairs" (the cast performs on the 1981 TV adaptation)





Hair's "Where Do I Go?" (Gavin Creel and the Broadway revival cast perform at the 2009 Tony Awards Nominations Concert on May 18, 2009)

vs.

Grease's "Those Magic Changes" (Sam Harris performs in the 1994 Broadway revival)





Hair's "Frank Mills" (The Lemonheads perform on their 1992 album, It's a Shame About Ray)

vs.

Promises, Promises' "Wanting Things" (Edward Winter performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





70, Girls, 70's "Broadway My Street" (video was made by James Babcock in 2006 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS)

vs.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown's "Happiness" (from the 1967 studio cast album)



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