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Friday, October 18, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #50: 1975-1989, Round 3



In the 49th Show Tune Showdown, Company won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 4:

Company's "Being Alive", "The Ladies Who Lunch", "Getting Married Today", "You Could Drive a Person Crazy", "Company", "Another Hundred People" and "Someone Is Waiting"

Grease's "There Are Worse Things I Could Do", "Summer Nights" and "Beauty School Dropout"

Hair's "Where Do I Go?" and "Good Morning Starshine"

Mack & Mabel's "Time Heals Everything" and "I Won't Send Roses"

Mame's "Bosom Buddies" and "We Need a Little Christmas"

Cabaret's "Willkommen"

Dear World's "Kiss Her Now"

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

Flora, the Red Menace's "Sing Happy"

A Little Night Music's "Send in the Clowns"

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

Pippin's "Simple Joys"

Promises, Promises' "I'll Never Fall in Love Again"

Seesaw's "It's Not Where You Start"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, November 1.

Now on to our 50th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to 1975-1989 when the following 25 musicals opened on Broadway:

The Rocky Horror Show
March 10, 1975 - April 5, 1975 (45 performances)
Revival: November 15, 2000 - January 6, 2002 (437 performances)

Chicago
Original: June 3, 1975 - August 27, 1977 (936 performances)
Revival: November 14, 1996 - Present (7,013+ performances)

A Chorus Line
Original: July 25, 1975 - April 28, 1990 (6,137 performances)
Revival: October 5, 2006 - August 17, 2008 (759 performances)

The Baker's Wife
May 11, 1976 - November 1976 (closed on the road)

Godspell
Off-Broadway: May 17, 1971 - June 13, 1976 (2,124 performances)
June 22, 1976 - September 4, 1977 (527 performances)
Revival: November 7, 2011 - June 24, 2012 (264 performances)

Annie
April 21, 1977 - January 2, 1983 (2,377 performances)
Revival: March 26, 1997 - October 19, 1997 (239 performances)
Revival: November 8, 2012 - January 5, 2014 (487 performances)

The Act
October 29, 1977 - July 1, 1978 (233 performances)

On the Twentieth Century
February 19, 1978 - March 18, 1979 (449 performances)

Working
May 14, 1978 - June 4, 1978 (24 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)

Evita
September 25, 1979 - June 26, 1983 (1,567 performances)
Revival: April 5, 2012 - January 26, 2013 (337 performances)

A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
May 1, 1980 - September 27, 1981 (588 performances)

Merrily We Roll Along
November 16, 1981 - November 28, 1981 (16 performances)

Dreamgirls
December 20, 1981 - August 11, 1985 (1,521 performances)
Revival: June 28, 1987 - November 29, 1987 (177 performances)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
January 27, 1982 - September 4, 1983 (747 performances)
Revival: November 10, 1993 - May 29, 1994 (231 performances)

Nine
May 9, 1982 - February 4, 1984 (729 performances)
Revival: April 10, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (283 performances)

La Cage aux Folles
August 21, 1983 - November 15, 1987 (1,761 performances)
Revival: December 9, 2004 - June 26, 2005 (229 performances)
Revival: April 18, 2010 - May 1, 2011 (433 performances)

The Rink
February 9, 1984 - August 4, 1984 (204 performances)

Sunday in the Park with George
May 2, 1984 - October 13, 1985 (604 performances)
Revival: February 21, 2008 - June 29, 2008 (149 performances)

Big River
April 25, 1985 - September 20, 1987 (1,005 performances)
Revival: July 24, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (67 performances)

Song and Dance
September 18, 1985 - November 8, 1986 (474 performances)

Les Misérables
March 12, 1987 - May 18, 2003 (6,680 performances)
Revival: November 9, 2006 - January 6, 2008 (463 performances)
Revival: March 23, 2014 - ?

Starlight Express
March 15, 1987 - January 8, 1989 (761 performances)

Chess
April 28, 1988 - June 25, 1988 (68 performances)

Grand Hotel
November 12, 1989 - April 25, 1992 (1,017 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?"

Chicago's "All That Jazz" (Bebe Neuwirth and the cast of the 1997 Broadway revival perform on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on December 2, 1996)

vs.

A Chorus Line's "The Music and the Mirror" (Donna McKechnie performs on September 29, 1983, when the musical became the longest-running show in Broadway history)





Chicago's "Cell Block Tango" (Chita Rivera and cast perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

The Rocky Horror Show's "The Time Warp" (the cast performs on the 1975 film soundtrack)





Dreamgirls' "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (Jennifer Holliday performs on the 36th Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 1982)

vs.

Les Misérables' "On My Own" (Lea Salonga performs during the 10th Anniversary Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on October 8, 1995)





A Chorus Line's "What I Did for Love" (Priscilla Lopez and the original Broadway cast perform on TV's Donahue on March 26, 1990)

vs.

The Rocky Horror Show's "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me" (Susan Sarandon performs on the 1975 film soundtrack)





The Baker's Wife's "Meadowlark" (Patti LuPone performs at Les Mouches in 1980)

vs.

Song and Dance's "Unexpected Song" (Bernadette Peters performs during her 1998 concert at London's Royal Festival Hall





Chicago's "Mr. Cellophane" (Fred Ebb sings his own song on Dinah! on November 7, 1975)

vs.

The Rocky Horror Show's "Sweet Transvestite" (Tim Curry performs in the 1975 film version)





Annie's "Easy Street" (Dorothy Loudon, Robert Fitch and Barbara Erwin perform on the 31st Annual Tony Awards on June 5, 1977)

vs.

Merrily We Roll Along's "Rich and Happy" (Carol Burnett, George Hearn, John Barrowman, Ruthie Henshall and Bronson Pinchot perform during the Broadway production of Putting It Together, which was filmed on February 20, 2000)





Big River's "Muddy Water" (Ron Richardson and Daniel H. Jenkins perform on the 39th Annual Tony Awards on June 2, 1985)

vs.

Grand Hotel's "We'll Take a Glass Together" (Michael Jeter and Brent Barrett perform on the 44th Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1990)





"Dreamgirls" (Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles and Anika Noni Rose perform on the 2006 film soundtrack)

vs.

La Cage's "We Are What We Are" (the original Les Cagelles perform at the Tony Awards on June 3, 1984 - you can also watch George Hearn perform "I Am What I Am")





Joseph's "Any Dream Will Do" (Jason Donovan performs in 1991)

vs.

Les Misérables' "I Dreamed a Dream" (Ruthie Henshall performs during the 10th Anniversary Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on October 8, 1995)





Chicago's "We Both Reached for the Gun" (James Naughton and company perform in the 1996 Broadway revival)

vs.

A Chorus Line's "Dance: Ten, Looks: Three" (Pamela Blair performs on TV's Donahue on March 26, 1990)





The Act's "Arthur in the Afternoon" (Karen Ziemba performs on the original Off-Broadway cast recording of the 1991 musical revue, And the World Goes 'Round)

vs.

Godspell's "Day by Day" (Robin Lamont performs on the 1972 single release from the original Off-Broadway cast recording)





A Chorus Line's "Nothing" (Priscilla Lopez performs at My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies on September 28, 1998)

vs.

Working's "If I Could've Been" (Lynne Thigpen performs during Broadway Plays Washington at the Kennedy Center on February 11, 1982)





Evita's "High Flying Adored" (Ricky Martin and Elena Roger perform on Good Morning America on April 12, 2012)

vs.

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





Chess' "Nobody's Side" (Elaine Paige performs in a 1985 music video)

vs.

The Rink's "Colored Lights" (Karen Mason performs on the 1991 Off-Broadway recording of And the World Goes 'Round)





La Cage's "Look Over There" (Kelsey Grammer performs on the 2010 Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Song and Dance's "Tell Me on a Sunday" (Michael Crawford performs on The Tonight Show in 1990)





Chess' "Anthem" (Michael Ball performs on his TV series in 1994)

vs.

La Cage's "I Am What I Am" (Douglas Hodge performs at the Royal Variety Performance on December 11, 2008)





Chess' "I Know Him So Well" (Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson perform in a 1985 music video)

vs.

Sunday in the Park's "Move On" (Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin perform during the October 1985 taping for television of the original Broadway production)





Les Misérables' "One Day More" (Colm Wilkinson, Michael Ball, Judy Kuhn, Lea Salonga, Michael Maguire, Philip Quast, Jenny Galloway, Alun Armstrong, Adam Searles and company perform during the 10th Anniversary Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on October 8, 1995)

vs.

"On the Twentieth Century" (John Cullum, Kevin Kline, Imogene Coca, Judy Kaye and the original Broadway cast perform on the 32nd Annual Tony Awards on June 4, 1978)





Nine's "Be Italian" (Kathi Moss and the original Broadway cast perform on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in 1982)

vs.

The Rink's "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer" (Chita Rivera performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Chess' "Someone Else's Story" (Judy Kuhn performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

"Starlight Express" (Shirley Bassey performs on Pebble Mill at One in 1994)





Evita's "Goodnight and Thank You" (Antonio Banderas and Madonna perform in the 1996 film version)

vs.

La Cage's "With You on My Arm" (Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge perform on the 2010 Broadway cast recording)





A Day in Hollywood's "Just Go to the Movies" (from the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Godspell's "Save the People" (Hunter Parrish and the cast perform on the 2011 Broadway cast recording)



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