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Friday, February 8, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #33: 1956-57 Broadway Season

In the 32nd Show Tune Showdown, The Pajama Game and Can-Can won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

The Pajama Game's "Hey There", "Hernando's Hideaway" and "I'm Not At All in Love"

Can-Can's "I Love Paris", "It's All Right With Me" and "C'est Magnifique"

Damn Yankee's "Whatever Lola Wants"

The Boy Friend's "The Boy Friend"

Kismet's "Stranger in Paradise"

Carnival in Flanders' "Here's That Rainy Day"

House of Flowers' "A Sleepin' Bee"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, February 22.

Now on to our 33rd Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to the 1956-57 Broadway season when the following seven musicals opened:

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)

Mr. Wonderful
March 22, 1956 - February 23, 1957 (383 performances)

The Most Happy Fella
May 3, 1956 - December 14, 1957 (676 performances)
Revival: February 10, 1959 - February 22, 1959 (16 performances)
Revival: October 11, 1979 - November 25, 1979 (53 performances)
Revival: February 13, 1992 - August 30, 1992 (229 performances)

Li'l Abner
November 15, 1956 - July 12, 1958 (693 performances)

Bells Are Ringing
November 29, 1956 - March 7, 1959 (924 performances)
Revival: April 12, 2001 - June 10, 2001 (68 performances)

December 1, 1956 - February 2, 1957 (73 performances)
Revival: March 10, 1974 - January 4, 1976 (740 performances)
Revival: April 29, 1997 - July 27, 1997 (104 performances)

Happy Hunting
December 6, 1956 - November 30, 1957 (412 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?"

My Fair Lady's "Get Me to the Church on Time" (Frank Sinatra performs on his TV special, A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim, on November 13, 1967)


Bells Are Ringing's "Just in Time" (Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly perform on the TV special, The Julie Andrews Show, on November 28, 1965)

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


Bells Are Ringing's "The Party's Over" (Doris Day recorded the song on October 30, 1956)

My Fair Lady's "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" (Melissa Errico performs on the 67th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1993)


Bells Are Ringing's "Long Before I Knew You" (Barbara Cook performs on her 2007 album, No One Is Alone)

My Fair Lady's "The Rain in Spain" (Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews and Robert Coote perform on the original Broadway cast recording)


Li'l Abner's "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands" (Peter Palmer and Stubby Kaye perform in the 1959 film)

My Fair Lady's "On the Street Where You Live" (Peggy Lee performs on her 1960 album, Latin ala Lee!)


The Most Happy Fella's "Standing on the Corner" (The Four Lads' 1956 recording)

My Fair Lady's "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (Andy Williams performs on The Jack Benny Program on October 9, 1964)


The Most Happy Fella's "Happy to Make Your Acquaintance" (Alma Cogan and Cliff Richard perform on The Cliff Richard Show on February 16, 1961)

My Fair Lady's "Show Me" (Andy Williams performs on his 1964 album, The Great Songs from My Fair Lady and Other Broadway Hits)


The Most Happy Fella's "Joey, Joey, Joey" (Seth MacFarlane performs during the BBC Proms 2012 - Broadway Sound on August 27, 2012)

Bells Are Ringing's "I'm Going Back" (Faith Prince performs on the 55th Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 2001)


Happy Hunting's "Gee, But It's Good to Be Here" (Ethel Merman performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

The Most Happy Fella's "Big D" (Jo Stafford's 1956 recording)


Candide's "Glitter and Be Gay" (Kristin Chenoweth performs in a concert production on May 5, 2004, which was later broadcast on PBS's Great Performances: Leonard Bernstein's Candide in Concert)

Li'l Abner's "Jubilation T. Cornpone" (Stubby Kaye and the cast perform in the 1959 film)


Happy Hunting's "Mutual Admiration Society" (Jaye P. Morgan and Eddy Arnold's 1956 duet)

Bells Are Ringing's "It's a Perfect Relationship" (Judy Holliday performs in the 1960 film)


Mr. Wonderful's "Too Close for Comfort" (Sammy Davis, Jr.'s 1956 recording)

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