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Friday, November 15, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #52: 1926-1955, Round 3



In the 51st Show Tune Showdown, West Side Story won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 4:

West Side Story's "Somewhere", "Maria", "Tonight" and "Something's Coming"

Gypsy's "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Rose's Turn" and "You Gotta Get a Gimmick"

Funny Girl's "Don't Rain on My Parade" and "I'm the Greatest Star"

Bye Bye Birdie's "Kids"

Camelot's "If Ever I Would Leave You"

Candide's "Glitter and Be Gay"

Carnival's "Love Makes the World Go 'Round"

Do Re Mi's "Make Someone Happy"

Hello, Dolly's "So Long, Dearie"

My Fair Lady's "I Could Have Danced All Night"

Oliver's "I'd Do Anything"

The Sound of Music's "Edelweiss"

Stop the World – I Want to Get Off's "Once in a Lifetime"

Wildcat's "Hey, Look Me Over"

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

Now on to our 52nd Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to 1926-1955 when the following 29 musicals opened on Broadway:

Oh, Kay!
November 8, 1926 - June 1927 (256 performances)
Revival: January 2, 1928 - January 14, 1928 (16 performances)
Revival: November 1, 1990 - April 14, 1991 (77 performances)

Funny Face
November 22, 1927 - June 23, 1928 (244 performances)

Show Boat
December 27, 1927 - May 4, 1929 (572 performances)
Revival: May 19, 1932 - October 22, 1932 (180 performances)
Revival: January 5, 1946 - January 4, 1947 (418 performances)
Revival: April 24, 1983 - June 26, 1983 (73 performances)
Revival: October 2, 1994 - January 5, 1997 (947 performances)

Paris
October 8, 1928 - March 23, 1929 (195 performances)

Girl Crazy
October 14, 1930 - June 6, 1931 (272 performances)

Gay Divorce
November 29, 1932 - July 1, 1933 (248 performances)

Roberta
November 18, 1933 - July 21, 1934 (295 performances)

Anything Goes
November 21, 1934 - November 16, 1935 (420 performances)
Revival: October 19, 1987 - September 3, 1989 (784 performances)
Revival: April 7, 2011 - July 8, 2012 (521 performances)

Porgy and Bess
October 10, 1935 - January 25, 1936 (124 performances)
Revival: January 22, 1942 - September 26, 1942 (286 performances)
Reopened on September 13, 1943 - October 2, 1943 (24 performances)
Reopened on February 7, 1944 - April 8, 1944 (64 performances)
Revival: March 10, 1953 - November 28, 1953 (305 performances)
Revival: September 25, 1976 - January 9, 1977 (122 performances)
Revival: April 7, 1983 - May 15, 1983 (45 performances)
Revival: January 12, 2012 - September 23, 2012 (293 performances)

Babes in Arms
April 14, 1937 - December 18, 1937 (289 performances)

Right This Way
January 5, 1938 - January 15, 1938 (15 performances)

The Boys from Syracuse
November 23, 1938 - June 10, 1939 (235 performances)
Revival: August 18, 2002 - October 20, 2002 (73 performances)

Pal Joey
December 25, 1940 - November 29, 1941 (374 performances)
Revival: January 3, 1952 - April 18, 1953 (540 performances)
Revival: June 27, 1976 - August 29, 1976 (73 performances)
Revival: December 18, 2008 - March 1, 2009 (85 performances)

By Jupiter
June 3, 1942 - June 12, 1943 (427 performances)

Oklahoma!
March 31, 1943 - May 29, 1948 (2,212 performances)
Revival: May 29, 1951 - July 28, 1951 (100 performances)
Revival: August 31, 1953 - October 3, 1953 (40 performances)
Revival: December 13, 1979 - August 24, 1980 (293 performances)
Revival: March 21, 2002 - February 23, 2003 (388 performances)

Carousel
April 19, 1945 - May 24, 1947 (890 performances)
Reopened February 22, 1949 - March 5, 1949 (32 performances)
Revival: June 2, 1954 - August 8, 1954 (79 performances)
Revival: September 11, 1957 - September 29, 1957 (24 performances)
Revival: March 24, 1994 - January 15, 1995 (337 performances)

Annie Get Your Gun
May 16, 1946 - February 12, 1949 (1,147 performances)
Revival: September 21, 1966 - November 26, 1966 (78 performances)
Revival: March 4, 1999 - September 1, 2001 (1,045 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)

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

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

"Anything Goes" (Patti LuPone performs on the 42nd Annual Tony Awards on June 5, 1988)

vs.

Annie Get Your Gun's "There's No Business Like Show Business" (Rosemary Clooney performs at NYC's Marriott Marquis on October 7, 1985)





Anything Goes' "You're the Top" (Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal perform during the opening and closing credits of the 1972 film, What's Up, Doc?)

vs.

Pal Joey's "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" (Patti LuPone performs)





Oklahoma's "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" (Hugh Jackman performs in the 1998 London revival)

vs.

Show Boat's "Ol' Man River" (Michel Bell and the revival cast perform on the 48th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 1994)





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

vs.

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





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)

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





Oklahoma's "I Cain't Say No" (Christine Ebersole performs in the 1979 Broadway revival)

vs.

Show Boat's "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (Lonette McKee, Michel Bell, Gretha Boston, Rebecca Luker and the cast of the 1994 Broadway revival perform on the PBS special, Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II, on March 7, 1995)





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

vs.

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





Babes in Arms' "Where or When" (Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs perform during her 2012 concert special, Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony)

vs.

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





Carousel's "If I Loved You" (Robert Goulet performs in a television version on May 7, 1967)

vs.

The Boys from Syracuse's "Falling in Love with Love" (Andy Williams performs on The Andy Williams Show on October 12, 1964)





Oh, Kay!'s "Someone to Watch Over Me" (Audra McDonald performs in concert in 2002)

vs.

Right This Way's "I'll Be Seeing You" (Cass Elliot performs on her 1973 album, Don't Call Me Mama Anymore)





Anything Goes' "I Get a Kick Out of You" (Colin Donnell performs on CBS's The Early Show in 2011)

vs.

Funny Face's "'S Wonderful" (Twiggy and Tommy Tune perform at the Kennedy Center on the NBC special, Happy Birthday, Bob!, on May 23, 1983)





By Jupiter's "Ev'rything I've Got" (Sara Gazarek performs on her 2012 album, Blossom & Bee)

vs.

Girl Crazy's "I Got Rhythm" (Dinah Shore and Peggy Lee perform on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show on May 17, 1959)





The Boys from Syracuse's "This Can't Be Love" (Dorothy Collins performs on Your Hit Parade on May 7, 1955)

vs.

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





Girl Crazy's "Embraceable You" (Judy Garland performs in the 1943 film version)

vs.

Roberta's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (Judy Garland performs on The Judy Garland Show)





Funny Face's "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (Elaine Paige performs in the 1990s this cut song, which later appeared in the 1928 musical, Rosalie, and the 1957 film version)

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)





Babes in Arms' "Johnny One Note" (Shirley Bassey performs)

vs.

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





The King and I's "Hello, Young Lovers" (from Lena Horne's 1965 album, Feelin' Good)

vs.

Paris' "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" (Eartha Kitt performs on her 1970 TV series, Eartha Kitt in the Penthouse Suite)





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.

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





Kismet's "Stranger in Paradise" (recorded live on June 9, 1962, for the album, Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall)

vs.

Porgy and Bess' "Summertime" (from the 1958 album, Ella Fitzgerald Live at Mister Kelly's)





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.

Gay Divorce's "Night and Day" (Helen Merrill performs on her album, Parole e Musica)





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

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.

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



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