The Showtune Countdown

The Showtune Countdown

Host Mark Blankenship reveals the most essential songs in a whimsical musical theater category. From the all-time best opening numbers to tunes that make you tear up, the Countdown celebrates them all with essential facts, insights, and conversation. Plus, everyone can play along: Mark is joined by a different Broadway celebrity for every episode, and the audience can vote via iHeartBroadway's social channels on which songs make the countdown. The Showtune Countdown is a partnership between iHeartRadio Broadway and AKA, the entertainment advertising agency that gets people to go places.... Show More

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April 8, 2020 23 min
On this quarantine edition of the Showtune Countdown, Mark Blankenship talks to Tony Award-nominee Montego Glover (Memphis, Hamilton) about the way lyrics can change a performance and the time she heard her own voice coming from her neighbor's house. We also introduce a new feature: The Broadway Surprise!
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April 2, 2020 28 min
In this week's "social distancing" episode, we're talking to superstar singer and actress Jennifer Nettles about her upcoming Broadway album, the musicals she's loved forever, and the way she brings theater to country music. Naturally, we also geek out over Sutton Foster.
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April 1, 2020 17 min
In our latest "social distancing" episode, we're chatting with the hilarious Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Kinky Boots, Fosse/Verdon, Submissions Only) about the top songs that make her love musicals and the mistake that made her learn a lifelong lesson about acting.
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March 23, 2020 20 min
For the new few weeks we are slightly changing the format of Showtune Countdown due to social distancing. On this episode, Mark chats with NY City Ballet's Principal Dancer Tiler Peck about her Broadway career, her daily online classes #TurnItOutWithTiler and her upcoming children's book Katarina Ballerina.
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Mark Blankenship is joined by Kay Trinidad (Hadestown) to breakdown this week's top ten - the best musical theatre songs performed by villains and schemers.
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February 26, 2020 36 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by Adam Kantor, currently starring in Roundabout Underground's Darling Grenadine, to breakdown this week's top ten - the best musical theatre songs about broken hearts.
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February 19, 2020 33 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by Disney's The Lion King cast members L. Steven Taylor (Mufasa) and Bradley Gibson (Simba) to breakdown this week's top ten - the best musical theatre love songs performed by men.
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February 12, 2020 29 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by Wicked's Jake Boyd to breakdown this week's top ten - the best musical theatre love duets.
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January 29, 2020 33 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by Eden Espinosa to breakdown this week's top ten - the best musical theatre songs by rebels and rule-breakers!
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January 22, 2020 43 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by Broadway composer Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice, King Kong) to breakdown this week's top ten - the most quotable lyrics in musical theatre!
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January 16, 2020 41 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by Pearl Sun and Caesar Samayoa from Come From Away to breakdown this week's top ten - the most underrated Sondheim songs!
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January 8, 2020 41 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina of The Skivvies to breakdown this week's top ten - Broadway's most inspirational songs!
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December 11, 2019 41 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by the one and only Hunter Bell ([Title of Show], Found the Musical, Other World) to breakdown this week's top ten - Broadway's best Holiday songs!
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December 4, 2019 37 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by Moulin Rouge! The Musical cast members Max Clayton and Holly James to breakdown this week's top ten - Broadway's best "I Want Songs"!
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November 20, 2019 37 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by James Davis (Oklahoma!) to breakdown this week's top ten - Broadway's best songs that reference food in honor of Thanksgiving!
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November 13, 2019 38 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by Lesli Margherita to breakdown this week's top ten - Broadway's best comedic songs!
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November 6, 2019 36 min
On this episode of Showtune Countdown, Mark Blankenship is joined by
Erika Henningsen (Mean Girls) to countdown Broadway's Best Female Duets! All songs were calculated via social voting by using the hashtag #ShowtuneCountdown. New categories are added every Wednesday.
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October 30, 2019 33 min
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October 23, 2019 37 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by PJ Griffith and Matt Ban from 'Rock Of Ages' to countdown the top 10 best Broadway rock songs! Did you favorite make the list?
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October 16, 2019 40 min
Mark Blankenship is joined by Caissie Levy (Disney's Frozen) to countdown the top 10 songs from Broadway shows that need to be revived!
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