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Best Broadway song ever?

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Best Broadway song ever?#1
Posted: 5/15/20 at 11:04pm
Which song do you consider the best Broadway song ever?
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Best Broadway song ever?#2
Posted: 5/15/20 at 11:09pm
Something from Beetlejuice.
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Best Broadway song ever?#3
Posted: 5/15/20 at 11:10pm

It's very hard to decide.  But the ones that come to mind are "If I Were A Rich Man", "What I Did For Love", "Shall We Dance" and "Tomorrow.  But there are so many other great ones.

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Best Broadway song ever?#4
Posted: 5/15/20 at 11:27pm
“Cabaret” immediately came to mind, but “Being Alive” must be considered.
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Best Broadway song ever?#5
Posted: 5/15/20 at 11:37pm

I think "So What" from Cabaret is the perfect Broadway song. 

 

It sets out what it's intended to do by introducing a character and furthering the plot of the story. 

 

I also believe "Soliloquy" from Carousel is a great moment in musical theatre.

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Best Broadway song ever?#6
Posted: 5/15/20 at 11:45pm

Soliloquy

Without You

Let It Sing

Go Back Home

Dotty and Caroline

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Best Broadway song ever?#7
Posted: 5/15/20 at 11:48pm
For a serious answer, if a poll was taken it’s probably “Rose’s Turn”.
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Posted: 5/16/20 at 12:12am
Hello, Dolly!
"Long live God!" (GODSPELL)
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Best Broadway song ever?#9
Posted: 5/16/20 at 12:49am

The query is too vague.  Best song as a "song". Best song as an expression of "character". Best song to move the plot along?  Best song to dance to?  

To me: my favorite (not necessarily best) song Is "Something Wonderful" with "Till There Was You" a close second.

Best character song:  Soliloquy from Carousel; If I Were A Rich Man from Fiddler; American Dream from Miss Saigon

Best plot song: Battle of Yorktown; A Little Priest/Ballad of Sweeny Todd, The Jet Song 

Best Dance Song: (by which I mean it's a song you want to get up and dance to - not one that is defined by the amazing choreography);(also written for the stage) You Can't Stop The Beat; Music and the Mirror,   

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Best Broadway song ever?#10
Posted: 5/16/20 at 1:02am
There’s No Business Like Show Business

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Title song from Oklahoma
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Best Broadway song ever?#11
Posted: 5/16/20 at 8:22am

Songs have to do different jobs, don't they, so it's definitely apples and oranges.

Other than those listed I'd drop in

The Best of Times

Comedy Tonight

One Day More

He Lives in You

I'm Still Here

And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going

Don't Rain on My Parade

Big Spender

Aquarius

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Best Broadway song ever?#12
Posted: 5/16/20 at 10:29am

Jordan Catalano said: "For a serious answer, if a poll was taken it’s probably “Rose’s Turn”."

AGREED 100%

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Best Broadway song ever?#13
Posted: 5/16/20 at 10:45am

My answer to this is always the same: Ol' Man River.

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Best Broadway song ever?#14
Posted: 5/16/20 at 11:53am

"Paris Makes Me Horny". On a more serious note, "The Music That Makes Me Dance." and "My Gentle Young Johnny."

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Best Broadway song ever?#15
Posted: 5/16/20 at 12:41pm
“Madrid” from WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.
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Best Broadway song ever?#16
Posted: 5/16/20 at 1:17pm

Sutton Ross said: "Soliloquy

Without You

Let It Sing

Go Back Home

Dotty and Caroline
"

Could you identify the shows.  Most of the somgs are not ringing a bell.

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Posted: 5/16/20 at 2:04pm
Best Plot Song: A Weekend in the Country

Best Love Song: People Will Say We’re In Love or I Have Dreamed or Embraceable You

Best Comedy Song: A Little Priest or Comedy Tonight

Best Production Number Song: Hello, Dolly or Mame

Best Character Song: Rose’s Turn

Best Character Song (Comedy): Betrayed

Best Plaintive Song: What Would You Do?

Best Scene Setting Song: Alexander Hamilton or Wilkommen

Best Sondheim Song: Move On

Best Song from A Mega-Flop: Children of the Wind

Best Overall: Rose’s Turn


Song on These Lists That I Dislike the Most: What I Did For Love

Of course, give me 20 minutes and I will want to make some changes

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Best Broadway song ever?#18
Posted: 5/16/20 at 5:18pm

Jarethan said: "Sutton Ross said: "Soliloquy

Without You

Let It Sing

Go Back Home

Dotty and Caroline
"

Could you identify the shows. Most of the somgs are not ringing a bell.
"

Soliloquy - Carousel

Without You - Rent

Let It Sing - Violet

Go Back Home - The Scottsboro Boys 

Dotty and Caroline" - Caroline, or Change

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Best Broadway song ever?#19
Posted: 5/16/20 at 5:46pm
Carousel isn’t my favorite musical by a long shot, but “Soliloquy” has to be up there for me.
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Best Broadway song ever?#20
Posted: 5/16/20 at 5:56pm

Rose's Turn

Hello Dolly

Just give the world Love.
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Best Broadway song ever?#21
Posted: 5/16/20 at 7:53pm

imeldasturn said: "Jarethan said: "Sutton Ross said: "Soliloquy

Without You

Let It Sing

Go Back Home

Dotty and Caroline
"

Could you identify the shows. Most of the somgs are not ringing a bell.
"

Soliloquy - Carousel

Without You - Rent

Let It Sing - Violet

Go Back Home - The Scottsboro Boys

Dotty and Caroline" - Caroline, or Change
"

 

Thanks.  I knew Soliloquy (didn't say that).  Naturally, I saw 3 of the 4 other shows (never had any interest in seeing Rent, although I actually kinda liked the Rent movie when I saw it, despite the terrible reviews.  So, I saw them all in some format, and didn't remember one of the songs.  I guess that is probably because I never purchased the OCRs for those, and missed getting to hear them repeatedly.  I don't know  why I never purchased The Scottsboro Boys, as I loved the show.  I admit to liking Caroline and Violet, but not being impressed by either score on first hearing; lame excuse.

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Best Broadway song ever?#22
Posted: 5/17/20 at 12:25am

Ol’ Man River will soon be a hundred years old. Show Boat hasn’t been revived in over thirty five years, even though that Hal Prince revival ran for 1000 performances at the Gershwin. Expensive and difficult?

(Gypsy, on the other hand, is revived about every five years or whenever an aging actress wants a Tony nomination with a good shot at winning.)

You don’t hear much about the MGM film, which I guess took too many liberties. The ‘36 film is well respected, but in black and white doesn’t have the spectacle audiences expect. Young theater people are going to grow up not even knowing the show.
 

There was just a thread here about shooting a new film. For its 100th birthday? But would it make any money?

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Best Broadway song ever?#23
Posted: 5/17/20 at 1:05am

OlBlueEyes said: "Ol’ Man River will soon be a hundred years old. Show Boat hasn’t been revived in over thirty five years, even though that Hal Prince revival ran for 1000 performances at the Gershwin. Expensive and difficult?

Over twenty five, not thirty five. The Hal Prince's revival ran from 1994 to 1997

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Best Broadway song ever?#24
Posted: 5/17/20 at 1:34pm
Its kind of impossible, but if forced to come up with one, somehow I would choose "Some Enchanted Evening"
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Best Broadway song ever?#25
Posted: 5/17/20 at 6:04pm

Honestly, ‘One Day More’ is hard to beat!