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Friday, January 17, 2014

Show Tune Showdown #56: Round 5



In the 55th Show Tune Showdown, Grease won the most showdowns - and now we begin Round 5, which features songs from the following 37 Broadway musicals:

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)

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)

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)

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 performance

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

Promises, Promises
December 1, 1968 - January 1, 1972 (1,281 performances)
Revival: April 25, 2010 - January 2, 2011 (289 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)

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)

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

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

Chicago
Original: June 3, 1975 - August 27, 1977 (936 performances)
Revival: November 14, 1996 - Present (7,125 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)

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

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)

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

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

Jekyll & Hyde
April 28, 1997 - January 7, 2001 (1,543 performances)
Revival: April 18, 2013 - May 12, 2013 (30 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 (4,245 performances so far)

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, January 31 - and since there were 57 songs that won in Round 4, Company's "The Ladies Who Lunch" gets to skip Round 5 in order for there to be an even number of showdowns.

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?"

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

vs.

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





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

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)





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)

vs.

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





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

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)





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

vs.

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





Funny Girl's "I'm the Greatest Star" (Barbra Streisand 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)





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.

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





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

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)





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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")

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)





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.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

Mack & Mabel's "Time Heals Everything" (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.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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.

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)





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

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.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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



4 comments:

Daniel Paul said...

WOW, this has been the toughest showdown to date. I love more then 95% of the songs listed, so hard to make a choice, but I did it

Marc said...

Thanks for voting, DP! And Round 6 will be even more difficult as we get closer to the end.

mike/ said...

there really were some difficult pairings to choose between in this one. how exactly do you choose the pairings? sometimes, i see they may have the same word in them; others have the same concept. sometimes, i find myself not looking at the popularity but at the musicality to make my choice. it's all very interesting. thanks...

mike/

Marc said...

Thanks for voting, Mike! I have no set criteria for how I choose pairings - sometimes it's based on a common word, while other times it's about the singer(s) or something else - but I do enjoy it!