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Friday, August 23, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #46: 1946-57 Broadway Seasons, Round 2



In the 45th Show Tune Showdown, Chess and La Cage aux Folles won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 3:

Chess' "Nobody's Side", "I Know Him So Well", "Anthem" and "Someone Else's Story"

La Cage aux Folles's "Look Over There", "I Am What I Am", "We Are What We Are" and "With You on My Arm"

Les Misérables' "I Dreamed a Dream", "On My Own" and "One Day More"

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

Evita's "High Flying Adored" and "Goodnight and Thank You"

The Rink's "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer" and "Colored Lights"

Song and Dance's "Unexpected Song" and "Tell Me on a Sunday"

Big River's "Muddy Water"

A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine's "Just Go to the Movies"

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

Merrily We Roll Along's "Rich and Happy"

Nine's "Be Italian"

Starlight Express' "Starlight Express"

Sunday in the Park with George's "Move On"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, September 6.

Now on to our 46th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to the 1946-57 Broadway seasons when the following 24 musicals opened:

Finian's Rainbow
January 10, 1947 - October 2, 1948 (725 performances)
Revival: May 18, 1955 - May 29, 1955 (15 performances)
Revival: May 23, 1960 - June 1, 1960
Revival: October 29, 2009 - January 17, 2010 (92 performances)

Brigadoon
March 13, 1947 - July 31, 1948 (581 performances)
Revival: May 2, 1950 - May 21, 1950 (24 performances)
Revival: April 9, 1957 - May 5, 1957 (47 performances)
Revival: January 30, 1963 - February 10, 1963 (16 performances)
Revival: October 16, 1980 - February 8, 1981 (133 performances)

Kiss Me, Kate
December 30, 1948 - July 28, 1951 (1,077 performances)
Revival: January 8, 1952 - January 13, 1952 (8 performances)
Revival: November 18, 1999 - December 30, 2001 (881 performances)

South Pacific
April 7, 1949 - January 16, 1954 (1,925 performances)
Revival: April 3, 2008 - August 22, 2010 (996 performances)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
December 8, 1949 - September 15, 1951 (740 performances)
Revival: April 10, 1995 - April 30, 1995 (24 performances)

Call Me Madam
October 12, 1950 - May 3, 1952 (644 performances)

Guys and Dolls
November 24, 1950 - November 28, 1953 (1,200 performances)
Revival: July 21, 1976 - February 13, 1977 (239 performances)
Revival: April 14, 1992 - January 8, 1995 (1,143 performances)
Revival: March 1, 2009 - June 14, 2009 (121 performances)

Out of This World
December 21, 1950 - May 5, 1951 (157 performances)

The King and I
March 29, 1951 - March 20, 1954 (1,246 performances)
Revival: May 2, 1977 - December 30, 1978 (695 performances)
Revival: January 7, 1985 - June 30, 1985 (191 performances)
Revival: April 11, 1996 - March 22, 1998 (780 performances)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
April 19, 1951 - December 8, 1951 (267 performances)

Paint Your Wagon
November 12, 1951 - July 19, 1952 (289 performances)

Wonderful Town
March 25, 1953 - July 3, 1954 (559 performances)
Revival: November 23, 2003 - January 30, 2005 (497 performances)

Can-Can
May 7, 1953 - June 25, 1955 (892 performances)
Revival: April 30, 1981 - May 3, 1981 (5 performances)

Carnival in Flanders
September 8, 1953 - September 12, 1953 (6 performances)

Kismet
December 3, 1953 - April 23, 1955 (583 performances)

The Pajama Game
May 13, 1954 - November 24, 1956 (1,063 performances)
Revival: December 9, 1973 - February 3, 1974 (65 performances)
Revival: February 23, 2006 - June 17, 2006 (129 performances)

The Boy Friend
September 30, 1954 - November 26, 1955 (485 performances)
Revival: April 14, 1970 - July 18, 1970 (111 performances)

House of Flowers
December 30, 1954 - May 21, 1955 (165 performances)

Damn Yankees
May 5, 1955 - October 12, 1957 (1,019 performances)
Revival: March 3, 1994 - August 6, 1995 (533 performances)

My Fair Lady
March 15, 1956 - September 29, 1962 (2,717 performances)
Revival: March 25, 1976 - February 20, 1977 (377 performances)
Revival: August 18, 1981 - November 29, 1981 (120 performances)
Revival: December 9, 1993 - May 1, 1994 (165 performances)

The Most Happy Fella
May 3, 1956 - December 14, 1957 (676 performances)
Revival: February 10, 1959 - February 22, 1959 (16 performances)
Revival: October 11, 1979 - November 25, 1979 (53 performances)
Revival: February 13, 1992 - August 30, 1992 (229 performances)

Bells Are Ringing
November 29, 1956 - March 7, 1959 (924 performances)
Revival: April 12, 2001 - June 10, 2001 (68 performances)

Candide
December 1, 1956 - February 2, 1957 (73 performances)
Revival: March 10, 1974 - January 4, 1976 (740 performances)
Revival: April 29, 1997 - July 27, 1997 (104 performances)

Happy Hunting
December 6, 1956 - November 30, 1957 (412 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?"

Kiss Me Kate's "Another Op'nin', Another Show" (Anna-Jane Casey performs with the John Wilson Orchestra during the BBC Proms on August 27, 2012)

vs.

Wonderful Town's "Swing!" (Donna Murphy and the Broadway revival cast perform on the 58th Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 2004)




Damn Yankees' "Whatever Lola Wants" (Gwen Verdon performs in the 1958 film version with Tab Hunter)

vs.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" (Julie London performs on her 1961 album, Whatever Julie Wants)




Guys and Dolls' "Adelaide's Lament" (Vivian Blaine performs on the 25th Annual Tony Awards on March 28, 1971)

vs.

South Pacific's "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" (Kelli O'Hara and the cast perform on the Late Show with David Letterman on June 3, 2008 - begins at 2:27)




Call Me Madam's "The Hostess With the Mostes' on the Ball" (Ethel Merman performs on the 1950 studio cast recording)

vs.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' "A Little Girl from Little Rock" (Carol Channing performs during the 1987 PBS special, Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne - begins at 1:18)




The King and I's "Shall We Dance?" (Lou Diamond Phillips and Donna Murphy perform on the 50th Annual Tony Awards on June 2, 1996)

vs.

My Fair Lady's "I Could Have Danced All Night" (Peggy Lee performs on her 1960 album, Latin ala Lee!)




The King and I's "Hello, Young Lovers" (Lena Horne performs on The Dean Martin Comedy Hour in 1969)

vs.

The Pajama Game's "Hey There" (Rosemary Clooney performs the song that she originally recorded in 1954)




My Fair Lady's "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" (Melissa Errico performs on the 67th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1993)

vs.

The King and I's "Something Wonderful" (Carly Simon performs on her 1990 album, My Romance)




Bells Are Ringing's "Just in Time" (Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly perform on the TV special, The Julie Andrews Show, on November 28, 1965)

vs.

Out of This World's "From This Moment On" (Judy Garland performs this cut song - which was later used in the 1953 film, Kiss Me, Kate - on The Judy Garland Show on November 3, 1963)




"The Boy Friend" (Julie Andrews and the cast perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

South Pacific's "A Wonderful Guy" (Mary Martin performs on the original Broadway cast recording)




Candide's "Glitter and Be Gay" (Kristin Chenoweth performs in a concert production on May 5, 2004, which was later broadcast on PBS's Great Performances: Leonard Bernstein's Candide in Concert)

vs.

The King and I's "We Kiss in a Shadow" (Doris Day recording from 1951)




South Pacific's "A Cockeyed Optimist" (Kelli O'Hara performs on the 2008 cast recording)

vs.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn's "Make the Man Love Me" (Barbra Streisand performs on her 1967 album, Simply Streisand)




Bells Are Ringing's "I'm Going Back" (Faith Prince performs on the 55th Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 2001)

vs.

My Fair Lady's "On the Street Where You Live" (Peggy Lee performs on her 1960 album, Latin ala Lee!)




Finian's Rainbow's "Old Devil Moon" (Cheyenne Jackson and Kate Baldwin from the 2009 Broadway revival perform on The View on November 11, 2009)

vs.

South Pacific's "Some Enchanted Evening" (Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot perform on The View in 2008 - begins at 1:23)




Guys and Dolls' "Luck Be a Lady" (Frank Sinatra performs on his TV special, A Man and His Music - Part II, on December 7, 1966)

vs.

Paint Your Wagon's "They Call the Wind Maria" (Robert Goulet performs)




Can-Can's "I Love Paris" (Lena Horne performs on her 1966 album, Lena in Hollywood)

vs.

The Pajama Game's "Hernando's Hideaway" (Ella Fitzgerald performs on her 1963 album, Ella Sings Broadway)




Brigadoon's "Almost Like Being in Love" (Florence Henderson performs on The Bell Telephone Hour in the 1960s)

vs.

The Pajama Game's "I'm Not At All in Love" (Doris Day performs in the 1957 film version)




Bells Are Ringing's "It's a Perfect Relationship" (Judy Holliday performs in the 1960 film)

vs.

The King and I's "I Whistle a Happy Tune" (Marni Nixon performs on the 1956 film soundtrack)




Can-Can's "C'est Magnifique" (Peggy Lee performs on her 1960 album, Latin ala Lee!)

vs.

The King and I's "Getting to Know You" (Betty White performs)




Finian's Rainbow's "Look to the Rainbow" (Kate Baldwin and Cheyenne Jackson perform on the 2009 Broadway revival cast recording)

vs.

My Fair Lady's "The Rain in Spain" (Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews and Robert Coote perform on the original Broadway cast recording)




Can-Can's "It's All Right With Me" (John Barrowman performs on his 2004 album, John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter)

vs.

South Pacific's "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" (Matthew Morrison performs on the 2008 cast recording)




Call Me Madam's "It's a Lovely Day Today" (Ella Fitzgerald performs on her 1958 album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook)

vs.

Carnival in Flanders' "Here's That Rainy Day" (Rosemary Clooney performs on her 1985 album, Rosemary Clooney Sings Ballads)




House of Flowers' "A Sleepin' Bee" (Blossom Dearie performs on her 1967 album, Sweet Blossom Dearie)

vs.

Kiss Me Kate's "Always True to You in My Fashion" (Julie Wilson performs in a Hallmark Hall of Fame television production on November 20, 1958)




Guys and Dolls' "I've Never Been in Love Before" (Peter Gallagher and Josie de Guzman perform on the 1992 cast recording)

vs.

Happy Hunting's "Mutual Admiration Society" (Jaye P. Morgan and Eddy Arnold's 1956 duet)




Brigadoon's "There But For You Go I" (Robert Goulet performs during an ABC television production on October 15, 1966)

vs.

Kismet's "Stranger in Paradise" (Tony Bennett recorded the song on October 13, 1953)




Brigadoon's "The Heather on the Hill" (Andy Williams performs on The Andy Williams Show on October 25, 1962)

vs.

My Fair Lady's "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (Andy Williams performs on The Jack Benny Program on October 9, 1964)




The Most Happy Fella's "Joey, Joey, Joey" (Seth MacFarlane performs during the BBC Proms 2012 - Broadway Sound on August 27, 2012)

vs.

South Pacific's "This Nearly Was Mine" (Anthony Warlow performs - begins at 2:33)


4 comments:

joel65913 said...

So many tough choices this time! Some of my favorites, Old Devil Moon, Here's That Rainy Day, Some Enchanted Evening competing against other favs. Decisions, decisions!

I forget what a good voice Seth MacFarlane has because he's usually so goofy and it throws me every time. I hate that awful song he sang but he performed it well.

Marc said...

Thanks for voting, Joel! :)

Mike R said...

You always have the best pairings of songs, Marc! I'm with Joel, tough choices this Showdown. Thanks!

Marc said...

Thank YOU, Mike! I'm happy to hear you like my tough pairings! :)