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Friday, November 1, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #51: 1956-1964, Round 3



In the 50th Show Tune Showdown, Chess and A Chorus Line won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 4:

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

A Chorus Line's "What I Did for Love", "Dance: Ten, Looks: Three" and "Nothing"

Chicago's "All That Jazz" and "Cell Block Tango"

La Cage aux Folles' "We Are What We Are" and "I Am What I Am"

Les Misérables' "I Dreamed a Dream" and "One Day More"

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

Annie's "Easy Street"

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

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

Evita's "Goodnight and Thank You"

Godspell's "Day by Day"

Grand Hotel's "We'll Take a Glass Together"

Nine's "Be Italian"

The Rocky Horror Show's "Sweet Transvestite"

Sweeney Todd's "Not While I'm Around"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, November 15.

Now on to our 51st Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to 1956-1964 when the following 20 musicals opened on Broadway:

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)

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)

West Side Story
September 26, 1957 - June 27, 1959 (732 performances)
Return Engagement: April 27, 1960 - December 10, 1960 (249 performances)
Revival: April 8, 1964 - May 3, 1964 (31 performances)
Revival: February 14, 1980 - November 30, 1980 (333 performances)
Revival: March 19, 2009 - January 2, 2011 (748 performances)

Gypsy
May 21, 1959 - March 25, 1961 (702 performances)
Revival: September 23, 1974 - January 4, 1975 (120 performances)
Revival: November 16, 1989 - July 28, 1991 (476 performances)
Revival: May 1, 2003 - May 30, 2004 (451 performances)
Revival: March 27, 2008 - January 11, 2009 (332 performances)

The Sound of Music
November 16, 1959 - June 15, 1963 (1,443 performances)
Revival: March 12, 1998 - June 20, 1999 (533 performances)

Bye Bye Birdie
April 14, 1960 - October 7, 1961 (607 performances)
Revival: October 15, 2009 - January 24, 2010 (117 performances)

Camelot
December 3, 1960 - January 5, 1963 (873 performances)
Revival: July 8, 1980 - August 23, 1980 (56 performances)
Return Engagement: November 15, 1981 - January 2, 1982 (48 performances)
Revival: June 21, 1993 - August 7, 1993 (56 performances)

Wildcat
December 16, 1960 - June 3, 1961 (171 performances)

Do Re Mi
December 26, 1960 - January 13, 1962 (400 performances)

Carnival!
April 13, 1961 - January 5, 1963 (719 performances)

I Can Get It for You Wholesale
March 22, 1962 - December 8, 1962 (300 performances)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
May 8, 1962 - August 29, 1964 (964 performances)
Revival: March 30, 1972 - August 12, 1972 (156 performances)
Revival: April 18, 1996 - January 4, 1998 (715 performances)

Stop the World – I Want to Get Off
October 3, 1962 - February 1, 1964 (555 performances)
Revival: August 3, 1978 - August 27, 1978 (30 performances)

Little Me
November 17, 1962 - June 29, 1963 (257 performances)
Revival: January 21, 1982 - February 21, 1982 (36 performances)
Revival: November 12, 1998 - February 7, 1999 (99 performances)

Oliver!
January 6, 1963 - November 14, 1964 (774 performances)
Return Engagement: August 2, 1965 - September 25, 1965 (64 performances)
Revival: April 29, 1984 - May 13, 1984 (17 performances)

She Loves Me
Original: April 23, 1963 - January 11, 1964 (301 performances)
Revival: June 10, 1993 - June 19, 1994 (354 performances)

Here's Love
October 3, 1963 - July 25, 1964 (334 performances)

Hello, Dolly!
January 16, 1964 - December 27, 1970 (2,844 performances)
Revival: November 6, 1975 - December 28, 1975 (42 performances)
Revival: March 5, 1978 - July 9, 1978 (147 performances)
Revival: October 19, 1995 - January 28, 1996 (116 performances)

Funny Girl
March 26, 1964 - July 1, 1967 (1,348 performances)

Anyone Can Whistle
April 4, 1964 - April 11, 1964 (9 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?"

Gypsy's "Everything's Coming Up Roses" (Angela Lansbury performs on the 43rd Annual Tony Awards on June 4, 1989)

vs.

Funny Girl's "People" (Barbra Streisand performs on her TV special, My Name Is Barbra, on April 28, 1965)





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

vs.

Funny Girl's "The Music That Makes Me Dance" (Liza Minnelli performs on the TV special, Baryshnikov on Broadway, on April 24, 1980)





Gypsy's "Rose's Turn" (Ethel Merman performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

"Hello, Dolly!" (Carol Channing performs at the Royal Variety Performance in London on October 30, 1972)





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

vs.

West Side Story's "Somewhere" (Barbra Streisand performs in a 1985 music video to promote her Broadway album)





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

vs.

Funny Girl's "Don't Rain on My Parade" (Barbra Streisand performs on her TV special, Funny Girl to Funny Lady, on March 9, 1975)





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

vs.

West Side Story's "Maria" (Daniel Boys performs on Friday Night is Music Night on December 5, 2008)





Bye Bye Birdie's "Kids" (Paul Lynde, Maureen Stapleton and Dick Van Dyke perform in the 1963 film version)

vs.

Gypsy's "If Momma Was Married" (Leigh Ann Larkin and Laura Benanti perform on the 2008 Broadway cast recording)





Camelot's "I Loved You Once in Silence" (Julie Andrews performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

The Sound of Music's "Edelweiss" (Julie Andrews performs during her 1993 concert in Japan, The Sound of Orchestra)





"Little Me" (Little Peggy March performs in 1962)

vs.

Wildcat's "Hey, Look Me Over" (Bea Arthur performs on the TV special, Broadway Plays Washington on Kennedy Center Tonight, on March 13, 1982)





She Loves Me's "Vanilla Ice Cream" (Barbara Cook performs in 1996 the song she sang in the original Broadway production)

vs.

Do Re Mi's "Make Someone Happy" (Kelli O'Hara performs on February 23, 2009)





Hello Dolly's "So Long, Dearie" (Barbra Streisand performs on the 1969 film soundtrack)

vs.

The Sound of Music's "So Long, Farewell" (the children perform on the 1965 film soundtrack)





Funny Girl's "I'm the Greatest Star" (Barbra Streisand performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

I Can Get It for You Wholesale's "Miss Marmelstein" (Barbra Streisand performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





Oliver's "I'd Do Anything" (Jack Wild and the cast perform on the 1968 film soundtrack)

vs.

Stop the World's "What Kind of Fool Am I?" (Sammy Davis Jr. performs on The Andy Williams Show on October 25, 1962)





West Side Story's "Tonight" (Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert perform on The Ed Sullivan Show on November 2, 1958)

vs.

A Funny Thing's "Lovely" (Ruthie Henshall and Carol Burnett perform during the Broadway production of Putting It Together on February 20, 2000)





Anyone Can Whistle's "Everybody Says Don't" (Barbra Streisand performs on her 1993 album, Back to Broadway)

vs.

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)





"She Loves Me" (Shirley Bassey performs "He Loves Me" on a 1979 episode of The Shirley Bassey Show)

vs.

Stop the World's "Once in a Lifetime" (Shirley Bassey performs)





Anyone Can Whistle's "There Won't Be Trumpets" (Lee Remick performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Carnival's "Love Makes the World Go 'Round" (Anna Maria Alberghetti performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





West Side Story's "Something's Coming" (Shirley Bassey performs on her BBC TV series, The Shirley Bassey Show, in 1979)

vs.

Camelot's "The Lusty Month of May" (Marin Mazzie performs on the Live from Lincoln Center production on May 8, 2008)





Camelot's "If Ever I Would Leave You" (Nathan Gunn performs on the Live from Lincoln Center production on May 8, 2008)

vs.

Hello Dolly's "Ribbons Down My Back" (Emily Yancy performs on the 1967 Broadway cast recording)





Gypsy's "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" (Bernadette Peters, Julia McKenzie and Ruthie Henshall perform during the 1998 concert, Hey, Mr. Producer!)

vs.

Here's Love's "Pinecones and Holly Berries/It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" (Laurence Naismith, Janis Paige and Fred Gwynne perform on the original Broadway cast recording)



3 comments:

Damien said...

I **love** this !!

Marc said...

I love that you love this, Damien! :)

mike/ said...

yo gotta have a gimmick,,,