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Friday, January 31, 2014

Show Tune Showdown #57: Round 6



We have now reached Round 6 of our Show Tune Showdown, which features songs from the following 21 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 - ?

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

Wicked
October 30, 2003 - Present (4,245 performances so far)

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, February 7 - and since there were 29 songs in Round 5, Gypsy's "Everything's Coming Up Roses" gets to skip Round 6 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?"

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





Company's "The Ladies Who Lunch" (Elaine Stritch sings her signature song during the 1998 concert, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, at Carnegie Hall)

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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)





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

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)





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

vs.

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





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.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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.

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





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

vs.

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





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

vs.

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





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

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)





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.

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



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