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Friday, August 9, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #45: 1979-89 Broadway Seasons, Round 2

In the 44th Show Tune Showdown, Sunset Boulevard won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 3:

Sunset Boulevard's "As If We Never Said Goodbye", "With One Look" and "New Ways to Dream"

Aspects of Love's "Love Changes Everything" and "The First Man You Remember"

Falsettos' "The Baseball Game" and "What More Can I Say"

Miss Saigon's "Last Night of the World" and "I Still Believe"

City of Angels' "You Can Always Count on Me"

Grand Hotel's "We'll Take a Glass Together"

Once on This Island's "Come Down from the Tree"

RENT's "Seasons of Love"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, August 23.

Now on to our 45th Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to the 1979-89 Broadway seasons when the following 19 musicals opened:

September 25, 1979 - June 26, 1983 (1,567 performances)
Revival: April 5, 2012 - January 26, 2013 (337 performances)

A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
May 1, 1980 - September 27, 1981 (588 performances)

Merrily We Roll Along
November 16, 1981 - November 28, 1981 (16 performances)

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

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
January 27, 1982 - September 4, 1983 (747 performances)
Revival: November 10, 1993 - May 29, 1994 (231 performances)

May 9, 1982 - February 4, 1984 (729 performances)
Revival: April 10, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (283 performances)

February 13, 1983 - August 7, 1983 (199 performances)

Dance a Little Closer
May 11, 1983 (1 performance)

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)

The Rink
February 9, 1984 - August 4, 1984 (204 performances)

Sunday in the Park with George
May 2, 1984 - October 13, 1985 (604 performances)
Revival: February 21, 2008 - June 29, 2008 (149 performances)

Big River
April 25, 1985 - September 20, 1987 (1,005 performances)
Revival: July 24, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (67 performances)

Song and Dance
September 18, 1985 - November 8, 1986 (474 performances)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
December 2, 1985 - May 16, 1987 (608 performances)
November 13, 2012 - March 10, 2013 (136 performances)

August 21, 1986 - August 23, 1986 (4 performances)

Les Misérables
March 12, 1987 - May 18, 2003 (6,680 performances)
Revival: November 9, 2006 - January 6, 2008 (463 performances)

Starlight Express
March 15, 1987 - January 8, 1989 (761 performances)

The Phantom of the Opera
January 26, 1988 - Present (10,615+ performances)

April 28, 1988 - June 25, 1988 (68 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?"

Evita's "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" (Karen Carpenter performs on the 1977 album, Passage)


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

Evita's "Buenos Aires" (Patti LuPone performs on the 35th Annual Tony Awards on June 7, 1981)


Les Misérables' "I Dreamed a Dream" (Ruthie Henshall performs during the 10th Anniversary Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on October 8, 1995)

Evita's "Rainbow High" (Patti LuPone performs on The Merv Griffin Show in 1980)


Les Misérables' "On My Own" (Lea Salonga performs during the 10th Anniversary Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on October 8, 1995)

Evita's "High Flying Adored" (Ricky Martin and Elena Roger perform on Good Morning America on April 12, 2012)


Nine's "Unusual Way" (Griffith Frank performs in 2009)

Evita's "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" (Barbara Dickson performs on Top of the Pops on February 2, 1977)


Song and Dance's "Unexpected Song" (Bernadette Peters performs during her 1998 concert at London's Royal Festival Hall

Evita's "And the Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)" (Antonio Banderas performs on the 1996 film soundtrack)


Merrily We Roll Along's "Rich and Happy" (Carol Burnett, George Hearn, John Barrowman, Ruthie Henshall and Bronson Pinchot perform during the Broadway production of Putting It Together, which was filmed on February 20, 2000)

Evita's "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You" (Linda Lewis performs in 1979)


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

Evita's "Oh What a Circus" (David Essex performs in a 1978 promo for his single release of the song)


Joseph's "Any Dream Will Do" (Jason Donovan performs in 1991)

Evita's "Goodnight and Thank You" (Antonio Banderas and Madonna perform in the 1996 film version)


Merrily We Roll Along's "Good Thing Going" (David Campbell performs on his 2010 DVD, The Broadway Show: Live in Australia)

Evita's "On This Night of a Thousand Stars" (Max von Essen performs on the 2012 Broadway cast recording)


La Cage's "Look Over There" (Kelsey Grammer performs on the 2010 Broadway cast recording)

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


The Phantom of the Opera's "The Music of the Night" (Michael Crawford performs)

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")


Sunday in the Park's "Sunday" (Daniel Evans and company perform at the BBC Proms 2010)

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


The Rink's "The Apple Doesn’t Fall" (Chita River and Liza Minnelli perform at the Gala of Stars '84 at Radio City)

Chess' "You and I" (David Carroll, Judy Kuhn and Marcia Mitzman perform on the original Broadway cast recording)


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)

Chess' "Anthem" (Michael Ball performs on his TV series in 1994)


Joseph's "Close Every Door" (Donny Osmond performs during the 1998 concert, Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration)

Merrily We Roll Along's "Our Time" (Cheyenne Jackson, Benjamin Walker, Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Osnes and Montego Glover perform on the 2012 PBS special, From Dust to Dreams)


Sunday in the Park's "Move On" (Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin perform during the October 1985 taping for television of the original Broadway production)

"Dreamgirls" (Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles and Anika Noni Rose perform on the 2006 film soundtrack)


La Cage's "A Little More Mascara" (Douglas Hodge performs on the 2010 Broadway cast recording)

Chess' "Someone Else's Story" (Judy Kuhn performs on the original Broadway cast recording)


Song and Dance's "Capped Teeth and Caesar Salad" (Sarah Brightman performs on The Tonight Show on January 31, 1991)

Dance a Little Closer's "Why Can't the World Go and Leave Us Alone?" (Brent Barrett and Jeff Keller perform during the musical's brief Broadway run)


La Cage's "With You on My Arm" (Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge perform on the 2010 Broadway cast recording)

Merlin's "I Can Make It Happen" (Chita Rivera performs on The Merv Griffin Show)


The Rink's "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer" (Chita Rivera performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

Dance a Little Closer's "Another Life" (Liz Robertson performs during An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner on June 7, 1987)


The Rink's "Colored Lights" (Karen Mason performs on the 1991 Off-Broadway recording of And the World Goes 'Round)

La Cage's "Song on the Sand" (Davis Gaines performs during Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl on June 30, 1993)


Song and Dance's "Tell Me on a Sunday" (Michael Crawford performs on The Tonight Show in 1990)

Nine's "Be Italian" (Kathi Moss and the original Broadway cast perform on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in 1982)


The Rink's "Wallflower" (Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli perform on the 38th Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1984 )

Nine's "My Husband Makes Movies" (Mary Stuart Masterson performs on the 2003 Broadway cast recording)


A Day in Hollywood's "Just Go to the Movies" (from the original Broadway cast recording)

Big River's "Muddy Water" (Ron Richardson and Daniel H. Jenkins perform on the 39th Annual Tony Awards on June 2, 1985)


Edwin Drood's "Don't Quit While You're Ahead" (Chita Rivera, Stephanie J. Block and the company perform on the 2012 Broadway cast recording)

"Rags" (Judy Kuhn and Dick Latessa perform during the 41st Annual Tony Awards on June 7, 1987)


"Starlight Express" (Shirley Bassey performs on Pebble Mill at One in 1994)

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