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.

Episodes

December 23, 2020 15 min
It's Part 2 of our countdown of your all-time favorite Tony winners for Best Musical. Eva Peron, Alexander Hamilton, and Dorothy from Oz are all in contention for #1. Sponsored by BroadwayHD!
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It's Part 1 of our countdown of your favorite Tony winners for Best Musical. You'll hear from Sondheim, Webber, Evan Hansen, and more! Sponsored by BroadwayHD!
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December 9, 2020 16 min
We're counting down our favorite Tony Award winners for Best Actress, from Idina to Liza to Sutton. Sponsored by BroadwayHD!
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December 2, 2020 16 min
We're counting down the best musical theatre songs performed by little kids, from The Music Man to Matilda and more. Sponsored by BroadwayHD
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November 18, 2020 17 min
We're counting down our favorite musical theatre songs written by women, so get ready for everything Golden Age classics to shows that just debuted last year.
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November 4, 2020 15 min
This week, we're counting down the 10 best songs from musicals of the 80s, including Dreamgirls, princes, and even talking trains.
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October 21, 2020 16 min
We're counting down the 10 best songs where people argue or disagree, so get ready for some lovers' quarrels, some pointed fingers, and some hip-hop debate about political policy.
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This week, Broadway legend Karen Mason joins us to count down the all-time best patter songs!
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September 23, 2020 20 min
We're deep in our feelings as we count down the most heart-wrenching musical theatre songs. Get ready for that good kind of crying!
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September 16, 2020 22 min
We're counting down the best musicals of the 90s, so grab your flannel shirt and get ready for side shows, ragtime bands, and New Yorkers who refuse to pay rent.
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September 9, 2020 18 min
We're counting down your ten favorite songs performed by Audra McDonald, and the list includes everything from deep album cuts to Broadway blockbusters.
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September 3, 2020 35 min
The legendary Mary Testa joins us to count down the best musicals based on true stories!
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August 26, 2020 24 min
We're counting down the best musical theatre songs about being in school, so get ready for high school angst, college breakdowns, and elementary school angels.
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July 29, 2020 18 min
We're counting down the 10 best musical theatre songs written by pop, rock, and country stars, and that means we'll be hearing from Sara Bareilles, Duncan Sheik, Dolly Parton and more. Come for the rock... and stay for the showtunes!
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July 22, 2020 21 min
Get out your tap shoes, because we're counting down the best dance breaks in Broadway history. These numbers take us from a genie's lair to the prow of a boat to the hottest club in Washington Heights.
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July 15, 2020 20 min
We're counting down the best ensemble numbers in musical theatre. So grab five friends and get ready to sing along with classics from Rent, Les Mis, In The Heights, and more!
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We're counting down the best songs by characters with just one scene. Sometimes, you only need five minutes and a great tune to steal the entire show!
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We're counting down the 10 best songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber, so get ready for cats, phantoms, and Bernadette Peters.
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June 24, 2020 19 min
This week, we're counting down the best musical theatre songs that are overlooked or under-appreciated. In our hearts, these are all greatest hits! This podcast is sponsored by BroadwayHD!
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We're counting down the all-time best belting in musical theatre history, so get ready for witches, newsies, dreamgirls, and more. This podcast is sponsored by BroadwayHD.
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