Sweeney Todd

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.

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  • 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…

**This round of voting is done! For this round, click here**

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!