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Friday, February 7, 2014

Show Tune Showdown #58: Round 7



We have now reached Round 7 of our Show Tune Showdown, which features songs from the following 11 Broadway musicals:

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)

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

Chicago
Original: June 3, 1975 - August 27, 1977 (936 performances)
Revival: November 14, 1996 - Present (7,149 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)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Thursday, February 13 - and since there were 15 songs in Round 6, Funny Girl's "Don't Rain on My Parade" gets to skip Round 7 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?"

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

vs.

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)




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

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)




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)

vs.

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




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

vs.

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




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

vs.

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




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

vs.

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




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.

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


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