Musicals

Musical March Madness: Day 2!

What a first day! We opened with what were supposed to be the most lopsided matchups, yet we had a number 1 seed fall AND what I can only describe as a dramatic come from behind victory!

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Les Miserables and Phantom did as everyone expected them to do, winning their respective match ups by absolutely dominating. Les Miserables showed why its the hottest ticket on Broadway right now, as it got 89% of the votes and wiped the floor with She Loves Me. Sorry, no Vanilla Ice Cream for you Tonight at Eight (badum pssssh).

Phantom took home a whopping 83% of the vote, as She Loves Me was lacking the musical numbers and star power to overcome a towering opponent in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s number 1 seed. If I Could Write a Book, it would include the fact that you’re going to have to try harder to take down 9,500 performances, Pal Joey.

Webber’s other classic, Cats, didn’t fare so well. Singing in the Rain used its unusually low seed to its advantage and took out the number 1 seed. This just goes to show you, no one reeeaaally likes Cats. Just kidding. Kind of. I think because of its fame as a film, Singing in the Rain wouldn’t be considered a 16 seed in most discussions, so 68% of the vote wasn’t really a surprise, and now all we’re left with is a vague Memory of Cats.

“God, I hope I get it,” was what Chorus Line was hoping, yet fell behind early to an eager Wizard of Oz. If it only had a brain, it might’ve held on longer, but Chorus Line sent it searching Somewhere Over the Rainbow, as it came storming back late and squeaked out a victory with 55% of the vote.

Take a look at the updated bracket above. Onto the next round! This round of voting features the #2 seeds facing off vs the #15 seeds.

**Voting is now closed. Click here to vote for the Day 3, 4 and 5 matchups*

Some interesting matchups and potential upsets here. Can Elle Woods snap her way past the ever formidable fosse ensemble? Will the Beast and Gaston finally settle their differences to fend off the Demon Barber of Fleet Street? Does Simba avenge the death of his father in Florence, Italy? And can Billy Crocker find one more disguise in order to overcome the powerful force of La Vie Boheme?

Oh god, those were bad. Let’s not do that ever again. Let the voting begin!

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Musical March Madness!

Alright folks. Here it is. The ultimate march madness bracket.

As most of you are aware, the NCAA college basketball tournament spawns bracket makers from all across the continent, creating controversial picks and frustrating sports lovers for years. But what if we could make a bracket about something else? How about…musicals!? Yessssss.

That’s right. I’ve created the ultimate musicals bracket. Here’s how it works:

I’ve picked 64 of the most popular/successful musicals, and tried to find a way to rank them objectively, a la March Madness. I thought and thought, til my puzzler was sore, and I came up with the idea to rank them based on the length of their Broadway runs. Let’s just get to the bracket and round 1 of voting., and I’ll explain the ranking system after.

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There she is! Take a look for yourself and make a plan. And lets just start the voting now. I’ve shown the first 4 match ups, and then I’ll gauge interest from there, so that I don’t end up posting one question per day. Vote with whatever criteria you’d like! Share and tell your friends!

Your first 4 match ups arrrrrrrrre:

**Voting for Day 1 is closed! Head over to Day 2  to vote on the next round!**

I seeded/ranked the musicals based on the length of their original Broadway runs. If they didn’t have a Broadway run, I based it on their West End run. I used this site. The entire system is (unfortunately) not that linear though because, as you’ll notice, some of the musicals that became mostly famous because of their film version, did not have incredible Broadway success. Singing in the Rain, Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and Grease were all extremely popular as films, but their Broadway runs were not as successful, for example.

Also, two other musicals that stand out are Little Shop of Horrors, and The Book of Mormon. Little Shop had 2,209 performances, which would have made it 28th all time, just ahead of Jersey Boys. However, the whole run was Off-Broadway. I couldn’t think of a fair way to quantify that, so I simply chopped the number in two. 1,104 performances put it in the spot its in. The Book of Mormon is currently at approximately 1264 performances, and will continue to grow, and when its done, who knows where it will be on this list. For now though, it sits in the 9th spot in its category.

I also left some popular ones out. Sorry. Came down to 64. It’ll be fine.

To seed them, I made four columns and, reading left to right, continuously filled in spots. For example, the top 4 Broadway runs of all time are Phantom of the Opera (9,451), Cats (7,485), Les Miserables (6,680) and A Chorus Line (6,137). Those four became the number 1 seeds. The next four longest runs became the 2 seeds, and so on.

I’ll try and post a new one every day or two!

Any questions or comments, let me know below!