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The ONE GREATEST show tune of all time
Posted by ChrisLovesShows 2003-07-31 20:20:11


So, which song would you pick as the greatest song ever to come out of a Broadway musical? Which is the perfect marriage of words and melody, the most moving, the most stupendous, the most memorable, the biggest technical achievement, the most perfectly integrated into the story? Throw 'em out there! Maybe we can pick the top five or so and ask Rob to make a poll to pick the GREATEST of all!

My nomination: "'Ol Man River" from SHOW BOAT

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Posted by Dollypop 2003-07-31 20:33:09


Oh, come on Chris! Do you even have to ask me?

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Posted by ChrisLovesShows 2003-07-31 20:33:48


DP, I assume you mean the title song?

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Posted by Copeman63 2003-07-31 23:34:03


Okay, I know people will disagree with me on my choice, because it is not a show tune... But the one song that always makes me happier, no matter what, is Dancing Queen. But if you want to get technical, I suppose I'd pick All That Jazz

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Posted by FindingNamo 2003-07-31 23:35:45


"Out for Blood," Carrie.

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Posted by magruder 2003-07-31 23:45:57


"Nobody Throws those Bull" from Whoop-Up

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Posted by ShbrtAlley44 2003-08-01 01:04:58


I'd say "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha. Makes me cry every single time.

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Posted by MagicRoy 2003-08-01 01:10:43


Comedy Tonight from "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Makes me laugh every time.

The best male star turn song has to be Betrayed from THe Producers (or maybe that one from On the Twentieth Century). The best female star turn is Rose's Turn from Gypsy.

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Posted by Gothampc 2003-08-01 07:50:16


I know both of them are overdone, but it would either have to be "What I Did For Love" from A Chorus Line or "Send In The Clowns" from A Little Night Music.

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Posted by Al Dente 2003-08-01 08:44:47


"And I am Telling you". Hands down.

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Posted by luluhed 2003-08-01 09:05:39


Can I include off broadway? then Midnight Radio from Hedwig.

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Posted by TEACHEROFTHEATER 2003-08-01 10:22:01


Everything's Coming Up Roses

The ONE GREATEST show tune of all time
Posted by Joshbstn 2003-08-01 10:22:26


I would probably say, Being Alive, from Company.

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Posted by BrdwyThtr 2003-08-01 11:10:56


Everythings Coming Up Roses

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Posted by onceadancer2 2003-08-01 11:35:43


Where or When

Miriam

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Posted by sabrelady 2003-08-01 11:37:20


Can't pick one! All That JAzz/Don't Rain on my Parade. & as a perfect moment The Ascot Gavotte frm Fair LAdy>
Since we're soul bearing" Everything Is Beautiful At the Ballet" Still reduces me to tears -the three climbing repeats of "at the Ballet " then the segue into the "dance class" just emotionally destroys me.:C

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Posted by TheBalladeer 2003-08-01 11:45:09


I would say, "Some People" from Gypsy. The music and lyrics are just so flawless for that song, and it just has an accompanyment that just SCREAMS "Broadway"/

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Posted by ChrisLovesShows 2003-08-01 15:48:49


Excellent, excellent! Keep 'em coming!

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Posted by robactorguy 2003-08-01 15:51:29


There's so many,

uh maybe
"Rose's Turn"
"Don't Rain on My Parade"

god it could be never ending...lol

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Posted by theatrediva10086 2003-08-01 16:25:46


I'd have to say:
Ensemble song: One Day More-Les Miserables
Duet female: I Will Never Leave You-Side Show
Duet male: The Confrontation-Les Miserables
Duet male/female: Still-Titanic
Solo female: Rose's Turn-Gypsy
Solo male: You Should Be Loved-Side Show

I know that's more than one, but I think I covered all cases...

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Posted by BenjaminBraddock 2003-08-01 16:28:01


I know it says ONE GREATEST... but I'll list a few....my favorite two:

Everything's Coming Up Roses
I'm Still Here


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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2003-08-01 17:32:01


I would have to say

"I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" from MY FAIR LADY.

Using sophisticatedly simple lyrics and melody that song displays a breadth and a depth and a change of character emotion. Its sums up the emotional core of MFL.

Yours for a better Broadway!

The ONE GREATEST show tune of all time
Posted by Max Bialystock 2003-08-01 17:36:43


Seriously -- IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU! Camelot!
Played loud in the Bob Goulet version!


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Posted by ross04 2003-08-01 17:36:48


For me it's without a dobut Home from the Wiz.Diana's version always makes me emotional.

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Posted by PJ 2003-08-01 17:37:48


Rose's Turn

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Posted by mamamia sammy 2003-08-01 18:08:38


"THis is the Moment" from Jekyll & Hyde (NOT sung by David Hasselhoff)

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Posted by ChrisLovesShows 2003-08-01 18:13:22


Here is the uncensored list of suggestions so far. Keep those nominations coming! (Let me know if I got any of the shows wrong.)

· “All That Jazz” from CHICAGO
· “And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going” from DREAMGIRLS
· “Ascot Gavotte” from MY FAIR LADY
· “Being Alive” from COMPANY
· “Comedy Tonight” from A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
· “Dancing Queen” from MAMA MIA!
· “Don't Rain On My Parade" from FUNNY GIRL
· “Everything's Coming Up Roses” from GYPSY
· “Hello, Dolly!” from HELLO, DOLLY!
· “Home” from THE WIZ
· “I Will Never Leave You” from SIDE SHOW
· “If Ever I Would Leave You” from CAMELOT
· “I'm Still Here” from FOLLIES
· “I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" from MY FAIR LADY
· “Midnight Radio” from HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
· “Nobody Throws Those Bull" from WHOOP-UP
· “Ol’ Man River" from SHOW BOAT
· “One Day More” from LES MISERABLES
· “Out for Blood” from CARRIE
· “Rose’s Turn” from GYPSY
· “Send In The Clowns" from A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
· “Some People” from GYPSY
· “Still” from TITANIC
· “The Confrontation” from LES MISERABLES
· “The Impossible Dream" from MAN OF LA MANCHA
· "This is the Moment" from JEKYLL & HYDE
· “What I Did For Love" from A CHORUS LINE
· “Where Or When” from BABES IN ARMS
· “You Should Be Loved” from SIDE SHOW

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Posted by DofB5 2003-08-01 18:19:12


There are to many GREAT songs to pick from but if I HAD to pick one, it would have to be "Music of the Night". I'll never forget the first time I heard it and still the one for me.

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Posted by AlienOnBroadway 2003-08-01 21:04:55


I would put "One" from A Chorus Line on the list.

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Posted by sharon1 2003-08-01 21:18:22


The absolute Greatest Showtune is:
There's No Business Like Show Business"

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Posted by BillyLawlor 2003-08-01 21:21:20


Hmm...Yes, "One" is a good one. How about "Lullaby of Broadway". I know people are sick of it, but it is the ultimate Broadway song. It discusses the magic of Broadway- the music and lyrics are classic. I would definitely put that one on the list. Perhaps my number one choice would be "42nd Street", probably for the same reasons. BUt my top 5 would be
1)42nd Street
2)There's No Business LIke Show Business
3)Lullaby of Broadway
4) The Impossible Dream
5) This Is The Moment

And although recent, "Gimme Gimme" defines Broadway showstopper.

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Posted by ChristineDaae 2003-08-01 23:42:32


"Music of the Night"!!!!!!!

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Posted by NativeNewYorker 2003-08-02 00:25:09


If off-Broadway counts, "Try to Remember" from The Fantasticks.

Broadway...I'm thinking "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific or "If I Loved You" from Carousel. I'm an R & H kinda chick :)

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Posted by SueleenGay 2003-08-02 01:11:13


IN BUDDY’S EYES from FOLLIES.

This song is so wonderfully constructed. It tells you everything about this character and sums up the central theme of the show in one of the most moving and beautiful songs Sondheim has ever written. It is also one of the most bittersweet songs ever written by anyone. I am moved every time I hear it.

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Posted by jo 2003-08-02 01:58:32


Can't really pin down one song as the be-all of all show tunes... maybe a few songs to illustrate different moods and musical styles

Music of the Night
The Impossible Dream
Do You Hear the People Sing?
Hello, Dolly
There's No Business Like Show Business
If I Loved You


jo

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Posted by ChrisLovesShows 2003-08-02 13:56:53


OK, I couldn't stand it if Leonard Bernstein wasn't represented so I have to throw in "Somewhere" and "Maria" from West Side Story.

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Posted by Albin 2003-08-02 16:11:46


"I Am What I Am" of course!

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Posted by chasing_rainbows43 2003-08-02 16:44:26


"All That Jazz" ~Chicago. I love that both the lyrics and music could stand on their own yet you'd still get the same message. The combination is even more powerful. It's perfect for the show, the character, the time period, and it's an incredible way to get the audience into it.

"I'm The Greatest Star" ~Funny Girl. Just the sheer determination in that song. Plus a lot of that song is what I really love about certain performers. She knows what she's got, she knows how to use it, and she knows exactly where she deserves to be, and sucks to be you if you're going to turn down the opportunity to get her there.

"World, Take Me Back" ~Hello, Dolly. I just love this song. I love Jerry Herman, and I adore this song. It's so take-charge and really just shows how sometimes, you have to live for yourself. I love that line, "From now on I stand with today in my hand". Great, great song.

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Posted by ChrisLovesShows 2003-08-02 18:35:19


Albin, I wondered where you were. I thought, "If Albin doesn't list something from TWGM, I'll be shocked!" No list would be complete without "I Am What I Am."

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Posted by Hello Gorgeous 2003-08-02 18:50:50


Wow I can't pick one, because I haven't seen every show, so from the shows I've seen, here's my list.

"Don't Rain on My Parade" - FUNNY GIRL
"There's No Business Like Show Buisness" - ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
"Everything's Comin' Up Roses" - GYPSY
"Rose's Turn" - GYPSY
"Gimme Gimme" - THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
"The Impossible Dream" - MAN OF LA MANCHA
"Hello, Dolly!" - HELLO, DOLLY!
"I'm the Greatest Star" - FUNNY GIRL
"Move On" - SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

Wow I can't think of anymore...I'll come back when I get some inspiration.

(I know I messed up it's supposed to be the ONE GREATEST show tune of all time but I just couldn't pick one! They're all so different and the best in their own ways!)

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Posted by skingdom 2003-08-02 19:43:25


SUNDAY from Sunday in the Park with George
NO ONE IS ALONE from Into the Woods
BEING ALIVE from Company
ROSE'S TURN from Gypsy
GIMME GIMME from Millie

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Posted by BwayStar2B 2003-08-02 23:40:07


This is the Moment~J and H
Rose's Turn~Gypsy
Gimme Gimme~Millie
And many many more....

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Posted by PJ 2003-08-03 00:21:10


Another one to add to my "Rose's Turn" fav..."Gimme Gimme" from Millie and "Lullaby of Broadway" from 42nd street.

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Posted by ChrisLovesShows 2003-08-03 13:42:30


Rainbows:
Is "World, Take Me Back" one of the songs that was added when Merman became Dolly? I don't have it on any of my recordings. (DP, help us out here. )

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Posted by ChrisLovesShows 2003-08-04 12:00:43


Last chance for nominations. Thanks!

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Posted by NuggetMonkeys 2003-08-04 12:59:36


I can't pick one...

Dulcinea--Man of la Mancha
Impossible Dream--Man of la Mancha
Bring Him Home--Les Mis
Dont Rain on my Parade--Funny Girl
Rose's Turn--Gypsy

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Posted by Corine 2003-08-04 13:31:42


This is an impossible task.
Corner Of The Sky/ One 1.
Gimmee Gimmee 2.
Roses' Turn 3.
42ND Street 4.
Forbidden Broadway 5. (Chita/ Rita, It's Got To Be Disgusting/Saucy Fosse. 3 MONTHS MORE.
Cabaret 6.
I have 100 more. This list changes everyday.

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Posted by BoxOfficeJon 2003-08-08 13:03:09


...Stars and Moon from "Songs for a New World"

I can listen to it over and over

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Posted by Hello Gorgeous 2003-08-08 13:07:17


Can I vote again for Rose's Turn? hahaha