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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Show Tune Showdown #13: 1961-63 Broadway Seasons

In the 12th Show Tune Showdown, Kiss of the Spider Woman won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

Kiss of the Spider Woman's "Kiss of the Spider Woman", "Dear One", "Where You Are" and "Dressing Them Up"

Falsettos' "What More Can I Say", "The Baseball Game" and "Holding to the Ground"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, April 20.

Now on to our 13th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to two Broadway seasons - 1961-62 and 1962-63 - when the following 14 musicals opened:

April 13, 1961 - January 5, 1963 (719 performances)

Sail Away
October 3, 1961 - February 24, 1962 (167 performances)

Milk and Honey
October 10, 1961 - January 26, 1963 (543 performances)

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
October 14, 1961 - March 6, 1965 (1,417 performances)
Revival: March 23, 1995 - July 14, 1996 (548 performances)
Revival: March 27, 2011 - Present (410 performances so far)

Subways Are for Sleeping
December 27, 1961 - June 23, 1962 (205 performances)

No Strings
March 15, 1962 - August 3, 1963 (580 performances)

All American
March 19, 1962 - May 26, 1962 (86 performances)

I Can Get It for You Wholesale
March 22, 1962 - December 8, 1962 (300 performances)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
May 8, 1962 - August 29, 1964 (964 performances)
Revival: March 30, 1972 - August 12, 1972 (156 performances)
Revival: April 18, 1996 - January 4, 1998 (715 performances)

Stop the World – I Want to Get Off
October 3, 1962 - February 1, 1964 (555 performances)
Revival: August 3, 1978 - August 27, 1978 (30 performances)

Little Me
November 17, 1962 - June 29, 1963 (257 performances)
Revival: January 21, 1982 - February 21, 1982 (36 performances)
Revival: November 12, 1998 - February 7, 1999 (99 performances)

January 6, 1963 - November 14, 1964 (774 performances)
Return Engagement: August 2, 1965 - September 25, 1965 (64 performances)
Revival: April 29, 1984 - May 13, 1984 (17 performances)

March 18, 1963 - November 9, 1963 (264 performances)

April 15, 1963 - April 20, 1963 (8 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?"

How to Succeed's "Brotherhood of Man" (Dinah Shore, Barbra Streisand, Georgia Brown, Sam Fletcher and the Chad Mitchell Trio perform on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show on May 12, 1963)


A Funny Thing's "Comedy Tonight" (Zero Mostel performs in the 1966 film version)

How to Succeed's "A Secretary is Not a Toy" (the cast perform in the 1967 film version)


A Funny Thing's "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" (Simon Russell Beale, Daniel Evans, Julian Ovenden and Bryn Terfel perform at BBC Proms 2010, Sondheim's 80th birthday celebration)

How to Succeed's "Been a Long Day" (Robert Morse, Michele Lee and Kay Reynolds perform in the 1967 film version)


A Funny Thing's "Pretty Little Picture" (Nathan Lane performs on the 1996 Broadway cast recording)

How to Succeed's "I Believe in You" (Robert Morse performs in the 1967 film version)


Little Me's "I've Got Your Number" (Cheyenne Jackson performs at Broadway Under the Stars in NYC's Bryant Park on June 14, 2005)

How to Succeed's "Paris Original" (Megan Mullally performs on the 1995 Broadway cast recording)


Little Me's "The Other Side of the Tracks" (Barbara McNair performs)

"How to Succeed" (Matthew Broderick performs on the 1995 Broadway cast recording)


"Little Me" (Little Peggy March performs in 1962)

How to Succeed's "The Company Way" (Daniel Radcliffe, Rob Bartlett, Christopher Hanke and the cast perform on the 2011 Broadway cast recording)


Oliver's "Food, Glorious Food" (from the 1968 film version)

No Strings' "Loads of Love" (Diahann Carroll performs on the original Broadway cast recording)


A Funny Thing's "Lovely" (Ruthie Henshall and Carol Burnett perform during the 1999 Broadway production of Putting It Together)

Oliver's "Where Is Love?" (Sammy Davis Jr. performs with Laurindo Almeida on guitar)


A Funny Thing's "Love, I Hear" (Jim Stanek performs on the 1996 Broadway cast recording)

Oliver's "I'd Do Anything" (Davy Jones and the original Broadway cast perform on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964)


A Funny Thing's "Impossible" (Lewis J. Stadlen and Jim Stanek perform on the 1996 Broadway cast recording)

Oliver's "As Long As He Needs Me" (Eydie Gorme performs in 1968)


Stop the World's "Gonna Build a Mountain" (Dusty Springfield performs on her TV series, Dusty, on September 22, 1966)

Oliver's "Consider Yourself" (Lulu and Burl Ives perform with The Tom Hansen Dancers on The Red Skelton Hour on February 13, 1968)


I Can Get It for You Wholesale's "Miss Marmelstein" (Barbra Streisand performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

Stop the World's "What Kind of Fool Am I?" (Sammy Davis Jr. performs on The Andy Williams Show on October 25, 1962)


Little Me's "Real Live Girl" (Robert Goulet performs)

"Sail Away" (Judy Garland performs on The Judy Garland Show in 1964)


Little Me's "Here's to Us" (Judy Garland performs on The Judy Garland Show in 1963)

Stop the World's "Once in a Lifetime" (Shirley Bassey performs)


Subways Are for Sleeping's "Comes Once in a Lifetime" (Judy Garland performs on The Judy Garland Show in 1964)

No Strings' "The Sweetest Sounds" (Andy Williams performs)


All American's "Once Upon a Time" (Bobby Darin performs in London in 1967)

Carnival's "Love Makes the World Go 'Round (Theme From Carnival!)" (Julie Andrews performs on The Julie Andrews Hour in 1973)


Sophie's "When I'm in Love" (Steve Allen and Judy Garland perform on The Judy Garland Show on January 5, 1964, beginning at 3:37)

Sail Away's "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?" (Russ Lorenson and Shawn Ryan perform)


"Milk and Honey" (Eddie Fisher performs in 1962)

Tovarich's "Wilkes-Barre, PA" (Vivien Leigh and Byron Mitchell perform on The Ed Sullivan Show on May 12, 1963)


Subways Are for Sleeping's "Be a Santa" (Niki Harris performs on the 1998 CD, A Broadway Christmas)


Mimi said...

Ugh, I really don't like the How to Succeed movie-- the singing is not good, the actors are too busy mugging, the choreography always seemed silly even for a comedy. And I'm sorry to be a bitch, but Robert Morse looks like a cokehead serial killer. Too creepy.

Marc said...

Well, Mimi, we will have to agree to disagree about the How to Succeed film and Mr. Morse - I like them both. And you gotta love Knots Landing's Michele Lee in the movie. Also, does Morse still look like a cokehead serial killer today on Mad Men?

readycarlos said...

Give Cheyenne Jackson "my number" and he gets my vote any day! LOL!

Marc said...

I agree - Mr. Jackson has my number and vote as well!