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James Holmes

Showtunes Sing-Off: 'Somewhere'

Filed By James Holmes | August 04, 2012 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Barbra Streisand, Pet Shop Boys, Phil Collins, PJ Proby, Showtunes, Sing-off, Somewhere, West Side Story

West_Side_Story_poster.jpgI'm not completely sure what inspired this week's post. West Side Story is by far one of my favorite musicals, and one of the greatest films ever made. But I can't say that "Somewhere," is the first song that pops to mind when I think of the show.

Usually, "America" jumps to the front of the line - but to have a sing-off, you need more than one cover.

So with my mind set on West Side Story, I started working my way through the tracks, and discovered that "Somewhere," is one of the most widely and successfully covered tracks from the show - with each version taking a completely different stylistic direction. I guess a bland song is much easier to sing out of context.

Thanks to YouTube and wikipedia, I have a greater appreciation for an often forgotten (by me at least) song. That is often a goal of these sing-off.

Other than the original, I only really new Barbra's version - which is great - but I am now in love with the Pet Shop Boys' cover. That is a "Somewhere" you can dance to!

Check out some of the most popular covers after the jump. Who do you think did it best? Are there any I missed? If so, give us the link in the comments.

Original Film Version

Barbra Streisand

P. J. Proby

The Supremes

Phil Collins

Pet Shop Boys

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