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Friday, October 4, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #49: 1964-1975, Round 3



In the 48th Show Tune Showdown, Next to Normal won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 4:

Next to Normal's "I Miss the Mountains", "I'm Alive" and "I Am the One"

The Drowsy Chaperone's "Show Off" and "As We Stumble Along"

The Light in the Piazza's "Say It Somehow" and "Statues and Stories"

Spring Awakening's "Totally Fucked" and "Mama Who Bore Me"

Billy Elliot the Musical's "Expressing Yourself"

The Book of Mormon's "Hello"

Catch Me If You Can's "Jet Set"

Grey Garden's "Another Winter in a Summer Town"

In the Heights' "When the Sun Goes Down"

Kinky Boots' "Sex Is In The Heel"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, October 18.

Now on to our 49th Show Tune Showdown, which begins Round 3 and takes us back to 1964-1975 when the following 26 musicals opened on Broadway:

Fade Out - Fade In
May 26, 1964 - April 17, 1965 (271 performances)

Fiddler on the Roof
September 22, 1964 - July 2, 1972 (3,242 performances)
Revival: December 28, 1976 - May 21, 1977 (167 performances)
Revival: July 9, 1981 - August 23, 1981 (53 performances)
Revival: November 18, 1990 - June 16, 1991 (241 performances)
Revival: February 26, 2004 - January 8, 2006 (781 performances)

Flora, the Red Menace
May 4, 1965 - July 24, 1965 (87 performances)

The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd
May 16, 1965 - December 4, 1965 (231 performances)

Drat! The Cat!
October 10, 1965 - October 16, 1965 (8 performances)

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Original: October 17, 1965 - June 11, 1966 (280 performances)
Revival: December 11, 2011 - January 29, 2012 (57 performances)

Sweet Charity
Original: January 29, 1966 - July 15, 1967 (608 performances)
Revival #1: April 27, 1986 - March 15, 1987 (369 performances)
Revival #2: May 4, 2005 - December 31, 2005 (279 performances)

"It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman"
March 29, 1966 - July 17, 1966 (129 performances)

Mame
Original: May 24, 1966 - January 3, 1970 (1,508 performances)
Revival: July 24, 1983 - August 28, 1983 (41 performances)

Cabaret
November 20, 1966 - September 6, 1969 (1,165 performances)
Revival: October 22, 1987 - June 4, 1988 (261 performances)
Revival: March 19, 1998 - January 4, 2004 (2,377 performances)
Revival: April 24, 2014 - ?

Sherry!
March 28, 1967 - May 27, 1967 (72 performances)

Golden Rainbow
February 4, 1968 - January 11, 1969 (383 performances)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Pippin
October 23, 1972 - June 12, 1977 (1,944 performances)
April 25, 2013 - Present (181 performances so far)

A Little Night Music
February 25, 1973 - August 3, 1974 (601 performances)
Revival: December 13, 2009 - January 9, 2011 (425 performances)

Seesaw
March 18, 1973 - December 8, 1973 (296 performances)

Mack & Mabel
October 6, 1974 - November 30, 1974 (66 performances)

The Wiz
January 5, 1975 - January 28, 1979 (1,672 performances)
Revival: May 24, 1984 - June 3, 1984 (13 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?"

"Cabaret" (Liza Minnelli performs during Aznavour/Minnelli - Paris — Palais des Congrès in 1991)

vs.

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





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.

Sweet Charity's "Big Spender" (Ann Reinking and the ladies perform on the 2002 PBS broadcast of the musical revue, Fosse)





Cabaret's "Don't Tell Mama" (Judi Dench performs on the 1968 London cast recording)

vs.

A Little Night Music's "Send in the Clowns" (Dame Judi Dench performs in the 1995 London revival)





A Little Night Music's "Every Day a Little Death" (Carol Burnett and Ruthie Henshall perform in the Broadway production of Putting It Together on February 20, 2000)

vs.

Mame's "Bosom Buddies" (Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur perform on the 41st Annual Tony Awards on June 7, 1987)





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

vs.

Sweet Charity's "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" (Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly and Shirley MacLaine perform in the 1969 film version)





Mame's "If He Walked into My Life" (Eydie Gormé received a 1967 Grammy Award for her recording of this song)

vs.

Drat! The Cat!'s "She Touched Me" (Barbra Streisand performs "He Touched Me" during a concert on June 17, 1967, that was recorded for her 1968 TV special, A Happening in Central Park)





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)

vs.

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





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

vs.

Mame's "We Need a Little Christmas" (Jane Morgan performs on The Ed Sullivan Show on December 15, 1968, with Helen Gallagher as Gooch)





Cabaret's "Willkommen" (Joel Grey performs on The Muppet Show on October 18, 1976)

vs.

Fiddler on the Roof's "Tradition" (Zero Mostel and the cast perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





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.

Mack & Mabel's "Look What Happened to Mabel" (Caroline O'Connor performs during her one-woman show, From Stage to Screen)





Flora, the Red Menace's "Sing Happy" (Liza Minnelli performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Superman's "You've Got Possibilities" (Linda Lavin performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





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

vs.

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





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.

The Roar of the Greasepaint's "Who Can I Turn To?" (Nancy Wilson performs on her 1971 album, Who Can I Turn To)





Fiddler on the Roof's "Sunrise, Sunset" (Louis Armstrong performs)

vs.

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





Fade Out - Fade In's "Go Home Train" (Carol Burnett performs on the original Broadway cast recording - click here to listen to the song)

vs.

Seesaw's "It's Not Where You Start" (Barbara Cook performs in 1996)




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.

"Sherry!" (Christine Baranski and Jonathan Freeman perform on the 1994 CD, Unsung Musicals)





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)

vs.

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





Golden Rainbow's "I've Gotta Be Me" (Steve Lawrence performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (Steve Lawrence performs on The Hollywood Palace on March 4, 1967)





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





Pippin's "Simple Joys" (Raúl Esparza performs at Broadway Under the Stars on June 14, 2004)

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





Mack & Mabel's "Time Heals Everything" (Bernadette Peters performs during her 1998 concert at London's Royal Festival Hall)

vs.

The Wiz's "Home" (Stephanie Mills performs on the syndicated talk show, Sammy and Company, on November 16, 1975)





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

vs.

Mack & Mabel's "Wherever He Ain't" (Helen Sjöholm performs in 2010)





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

vs.

Mack & Mabel's "I Won't Send Roses" (Michael Ball performs - and Ruthie Henshall also sings "Time Heals Everything")



6 comments:

angelman66 said...

Fabulous Mame pic, Marc!

mike/ said...

sheeeshhhh! so glad you didn't make these pairings difficult - NOT!!!

some of these were really hard to decide. one of your best....

Marc said...

Thanks, AM66!

rickbettencourt said...

Oh my God! So many good show tunes. Big Spender...Grease...Streisand! What is with us gays and show tunes?

Marc said...

I guess us gays just have fabulous taste in music! Thanks for voting, Rick!

Marc said...

Thanks, Mike, I'm happy to know that Round 3 is starting out just right! :)