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Friday, January 3, 2014

Show Tune Showdown #55: 1972-2013, Round 4



In the 54th Show Tune Showdown, Company won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 5:

Company's "Being Alive", "The Ladies Who Lunch", "Getting Married Today" and "Another Hundred People"

Anything Goes' "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Anything Goes" and "You're the Top"

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

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

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

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

Brigadoon's "Almost Like Being in Love"

Carousel's "If I Loved You"

Do Re Mi's "Make Someone Happy"

Girl Crazy's "Embraceable You"

Hair's "Good Morning Starshine"

The King and I's "Something Wonderful"

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

Oh, Kay!'s "Someone to Watch Over Me"

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

Paris' "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)"

Porgy and Bess' "Summertime"

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

Show Boat's "Ol' Man River"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, January 17.

Now on to our 55th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to 1972-2013 when the following 35 musicals opened on Broadway:

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 (285 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 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 (7,109 performances so far)

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

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)

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)

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

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 - ?

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

Grand Hotel
November 12, 1989 - April 25, 1992 (1,017 performances)

Miss Saigon
April 11, 1991 - January 28, 2001 (4,092 performances)

Falsettos
April 29, 1992 - June 27, 1993 (486 performances)

Sunset Boulevard
November 17, 1994 - March 22, 1997 (977 performances)

RENT
April 29, 1996 - September 7, 2008 (5,123 performances)

The Life
April 26, 1997 - June 7, 1998 (466 performances)

Jekyll & Hyde
April 28, 1997 - January 7, 2001 (1,543 performances)
Revival: April 18, 2013 - May 12, 2013 (30 performances)

Ragtime
January 18, 1998 - January 16, 2000 (834 performances)
Revival: November 15, 2009 - January 10, 2010 (65 performances)

The Producers
April 19, 2001 - April 22, 2007 (2,502 performances)

Thoroughly Modern Millie
April 18, 2002 - June 20, 2004 (903 performances)

Hairspray
August 15, 2002 - January 4, 2009 (2,642 performances)

Little Shop of Horrors
Off-Broadway: July 27, 1982 - November 1, 1987 (2,209 performances)
October 2, 2003 - August 22, 2004 (372 performances)

Wicked
October 30, 2003 - Present (4,229 performances so far)

Assassins
Off-Broadway: December 18, 1990 - February 16, 1991 (73 performances)
April 22, 2004 - July 18, 2004 (101 performances)

Next to Normal
April 15, 2009 - January 16, 2011 (733 performances)

Kinky Boots
April 4, 2013 - Present (310 performances so far)

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?"

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

vs.

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





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

vs.

Sunset Boulevard's "With One Look" (Glenn Close performs at Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall on April 7, 1998)





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

The Producers' "Keep It Gay" (Gary Beach and Roger Bart perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





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

vs.

Thoroughly Modern Millie's "Gimme Gimme" (Sutton Foster performs on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on April 25, 2002)





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

vs.

The Life's "My Body" (the original Broadway cast performs on the 51st Annual Tony Awards on June 1, 1997)





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

Wicked's "For Good" (Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





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)

vs.

Hairspray's "It Takes Two" (Matthew Morrison performs on the original Broadway cast recording)





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

vs.

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





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.

Hairspray's "Without Love" (Matthew Morrison, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Corey Reynolds and Kerry Butler perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





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

vs.

Sunset Boulevard's "New Ways to Dream" (Betty Buckley performs on the 1995 Broadway highlights cast recording, Songs From Sunset Boulevard)





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

vs.

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





Falsettos' "The Baseball Game" (the original Broadway cast perform on the 46th Annual Tony Awards on May 31, 1992 - song begins at 1:20)

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")





Assassins' "The Ballad of Booth" (Patrick Cassidy and Victor Garber perform during the 1992 concert, Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall)

vs.

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)





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

Little Shop's "Suddenly Seymour" (Hunter Foster and Kerry Butler perform on the 2003 Broadway cast recording)





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.

Ragtime's "Journey On" (Mark Jacoby, Marin Mazzie and Peter Friedman perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





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

vs.

Little Shop's "Somewhere That's Green" (Ellen Greene performs in the original 1982 Off-Broadway production)





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

vs.

Sunset Boulevard's "As If We Never Said Goodbye" (Patti LuPone performs during her 1997 PBS concert, An Evening with Patti LuPone)





Kinky Boots' "Sex Is In The Heel" (Billy Porter and the Broadway cast perform on The View on June 5, 2013)

vs.

Wicked's "Defying Gravity" (Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth perform on the 58th Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 2004)





"Little Shop of Horrors" (Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks and Tisha Campbell perform in the 1986 film)

vs.

RENT's "Seasons of Love" (from the final Broadway performance, which was filmed and screened in movie theaters)





Ragtime's "Your Daddy's Son" (Audra McDonald performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

vs.

Wicked's "Popular" (Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel perform on the Today Show on November 12, 2003)





Jekyll & Hyde's "This Is the Moment" (Robert Cuccioli performs in the original Broadway production)

vs.

Next to Normal's "I Am the One" (J. Robert Spencer, Aaron Tveit and Alice Ripley perform on the original Broadway cast recording)





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

vs.

Miss Saigon's "Last Night of the World" (Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman perform during the Royal Variety Performance of Miss Saigon on March 4, 1991)





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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



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