The battle of the stage musicals continues with round two. We finished the first half of the initial set earlier this week, and now we have to decide which of the remaining thirty-two get to move on.

What a first round we had. Five upsets, and some highly contested battles. Hair squeaked by with a single vote, and for a long while it looked as though Les Mis would be felled by the demon barber. Painful choices for many, and it’s only going to get worse as we go along.

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A reminder: If you are unfamiliar with a particular musical, you can click the link above each entry to help familiarize yourself if you like. I tried to pick videos that help personify the best of that particular show. Mostly Tony Award Show performances if I’m to be honest.

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Region 2

Wicked vs Carousel

A Chorus Line vs Young Frankenstein

Miss Saigon vs Little Shop of Horrors

Fiddler on the Roof vs Billy Elliot

Avenue Q vs Kiss Me, Kate

Man of La Mancha vs In the Heights

South Pacific vs The Music Man

Ain’t Misbehavin’ vs Jekyll and Hyde

Region 4

The Lion King vs Gypsy

Chicago vs Peter Pan

Anything Goes vs Aladdin

Hello Dolly! vs Sunset Boulevard

The Producers vs Damn Yankees

Oklahoma! vs Annie Get Your Gun

La Cage Aux Folles vs Jesus Christ Superstar

Spamalot vs Dreamgirls

[Schedule]

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Round 2: Today

Big 32: Mon. Feb. 15

Sweet 16: Wed. Feb. 17

Elite 8: Fri. Feb. 19

Final 4: Tues. Feb. 23

Championship: Thurs. Feb. 25

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And that’s pretty much it. Hope you continue to enjoy the madness, and feel free to share this wherever. The more votes, the more the shared suffering, the happier we all shall be.