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Musical March Madness: Elite 8

Ohhhh its getting good! We’ve gone from 64 down to 8. THREE of the remaining eight musicals are #15 seeds. That’s incredible. Now, we determine the Final Four musicals left standing.

Updated bracket

  • Les Miserables rolls along, defeating West Side Story to advance to the quarterfinals. Les Miserables took 66% of the votes in this matchup, and is easily defending its #1 seed. Tonight, Somewhere in America, Something’s Coming to Maria to make her Feel Pretty. Unfortunately, it won’t be in the quarterfinals of this tournament.
  • Light in the Piazza continues its unbelievable cinderella-esque run, advancing past the highly touted Mamma Mia to advance, taking 57% of the votes. Thank You for the Music, Mamma Mia, but its time to call an SOS, because the Winner Takes it All, and its not going to be you this time. Better luck next time.
  • The upset of this round goes to Hairspray, taking out the #1 Phantom of the Opera. 71% of the votes is a substantial amount to beat the longest running Broadway show of all time, yet, they did it. We’re now past the Point of No Return, and All I Ask of You, is, Why So Silent, Phantom? Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh.
  • Legally Blonde is one of three #15 seeds to make it through to the next round, beating In the Heights by taking 70% of the votes. It Won’t Be Long Now until someone is sipping Champagne, but When You’re Home, you can watch the results, because it won’t be you, In the Heights.
  • In what I think was the hardest matchup to choose between, Wicked beat my dark horse, Spamalot by a whopping one vote, 11-10. I Am Not Dead Yet,” said King Arthur, “Whatever Happened to My Part? I’m All Alone.” Sorry, Spamalot, off to Finland you go, because You Won’t Succeed on Broadway this time around. Here’s some advice: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
  • Sweeney Todd  is another #15 seed to make it through, beating 42nd Street by 65% of the votes. I think its time to be Getting Out of Town, Dames, and Shuffle Off to Buffalo. You know what though? There’s a Sunny Side to Every Situation.
  • Book of Mormon had a scare against Into the Woods, winning 10-9. I Guess This is Goodbye, Into the Woods.
  • Rent beat A Little Night Music 14-7, ending the run of the #14 seed. Now, A Little Night Music won’t be living the Glamorous Life. It Would Have Been Wonderful if they made it further, but, alas, Send in the Clowns.

On we go! Down to the final 8! Time to make it 4…

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Musical March Madness: Sweet 16

We continue to thin the herd, and are down to the Sweet 16. Only 3 rounds until we crown our champion. Thanks to everyone who is participating and voting!

**Updated bracket**

  • Les Miserables continued its utter dominance against The Music Man, taking 85% of the votes. Coming off of a dominant performance of their own, Harold Hill and the Iowa Stubborn were not up to par and this was never close. Can anyone stop Les Miserables?
  • West Side Story also continued rolling along, beating The Producers by 65% of the votes. Where Did They Go Right? They didn’t. Keep it Gay, Producers.
  • Mamma Mia advances to the Sweet 16, beating Oklahoma, 11-9. Oh, What a Beautiful run they were having, until they ran into the Greek party that is Mamma Mia. Go to your Lonely Room and think about what you’ve done, Oklahoma.
  • Light in the Piazza continues its cinderella run, winning 76% of votes versus the classic Annie Get Your Gun. Definitely the surprise of the tournament so far, Light in the Piazza continues to say, “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.”
  • Phantom of the Opera moves along easily after a battle with The Sound of Music. Phantom took a comfortable 65% of votes, and the Hills are no longer Alive with The Sound of Music.
  • This next matchup is going to be a doozy. Hairspray beats Fiddler on the Roof, meaning it faces Phantom next. No more bottle dancing in this tournament, as the kids from Baltimore shut down Tevye and friends.
  • In the Heights quietly continues to do well, beating Gypsy 11-7. New beating old seems to be the theme of this tournament.
  • Two low seeds will face off next, as Legally Blonde also moves on, beating Pippin. This sets up a nice matchup of the crazy Spanish people versus the crazy Harvard kids.
  • Spamalot squeaked out a 10-9 victory against Singing in the Rain. They didn’t Make ‘Em Laugh in this matchup. King Arthur and his Knights move on to face…
  • Wicked! This will be another well fought battle. Avenue Q didn’t stand much of a chance versus Wicked, who took 79% of the votes. What Can You Do With a B.A. in English? I’m not sure, but you can’t win this tournament. No puppets allowed.
  • 42nd Street ends Man of La Mancha‘s tournament, winning 72% of votes. The Impossible Dream is just that, and will have to settle for a run at the Stratford Festival this year. Poor Don.
  • Also continuing its strong run is Sweeney Todd. It took 75% of votes vs Guys and Dolls, and sends them packing.
  • The Book of Mormon continues its cruise through the bottom right part of the bracket, knocking off the #1 seeded A Chorus Line, 14-5. Don’t call us, we’ll call you. Thank you.
  • Into the Woods has been one of the surprises of the tournament thus far. My Fair Lady didn’t stand a chance, losing by 85% of the vote.
  • The Sondheim musicals keep dominating in this section, as A Little Night Music takes out Jersey Boys, 11-7. Big Girls Don’t Cry, though, so wipe those tears and move along now.
  • Rent took care of Mary Poppins, who I thought would do much better in this tournament. Turns out a Spoonful of Sugar doesn’t really help, and Anything Can Happen, so long as winning doesn’t count as “anything.”

Onward we march, toward the Elite 8. After that, the Final Four will be crowned, and at last, a champion. Can anyone stop Les Mis? Will Book of Mormon continue its dominance? Will Legally Blonde hold on as the only #15 seed left? Answers and more, coming up:

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Sweet 16 to Elite 8.

Musical March Madness: ROUND 2

Round 1 is finished! Onto Round 2 we go. This is where we determine the men from the boys. The women from the girls. Some musicals may have just gotten lucky, but this is a round where all the winners face off. First, we recap.

Updated Bracket: here

  • Oklahoma absolutely manhandled The Pajama Game. This wasn’t even close. Pajama Game is apparently Not At All in Love with winning, because they were never in this, losing by 87% of the vote. Now, we put The Pajama Game to bed.
  • Annie Get Your Gun beat out the polarizing La Cage aux Folles who, upon hearing the news that they lost 14-9, stomped out of the building, yelling, “I Am What I Am!” Heels and all.
  • The Music Man gets the award for most lopsided win (after the number 1 ranked Les Mis, of course), beating Evita 20-3. Even Ricky Martin couldn’t save this matchup, and was definitely heard crying for Argentina in the bathroom stall after this one was over.
  • In the Heights beat out the (not so) adorable Annie, taking 70% of the votes. The Sun Will NOT Come Out Tomorrow, so don’t even think about it Annie.
  • Pippin defeated The King and I, 15-8, and sends the R&H classic packing. “I Have Dreamed of winning this,” quoted the King. Not anymore sir, not anymore.
  • The Sound of Music survived a first round scare against the newer Crazy For You. 12-11 was the final score, and Crazy For You doesn’t have rhythm anymore.
  • The Impossible Dream lives on, as Man of La Mancha beat Kiss Me, Kate by taking 63% of the votes. I guess the competition was just Too Darn Hot for Kiss Me, Kate.
  • Guys and Dolls edged out South Pacific 12-10. It makes sense though, because South Pacific is In Love With a Wonderful Guy, and was completely distracted throughout this matchup.
  • Spamalot laughed its way past How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, taking 65% of votes.  Finch and his Brotherhood of Man are going to have to try a little harder to get past King Arthur and his Laker cheerleaders.
  • Jersey Boys sang past Little Shop of Horrors, with 52% of votes. Seymour and his plant are going to go find solace Somewhere That’s Green. Its okay, little buddy.
  • Mary Poppins flew past 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by one vote. Its because one of the words in the spelling bee was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. They couldn’t do it.
  • Sorry, Dreamgirls, but Book of Mormon is unfairly ranked because of how new it is, and you were standing in their way. Could they Step Into the Bad Side and cause some more upsets? Lets see….

So here we are. Round two. Now, all the winners of the last matchups continue along their bracket path and face a new challenge. Its up to you!

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Annnnnd off we go!

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!!/412540ece8235

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.

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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!