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Biggest Musical Theatre Flops Ever ?!


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#1 Showstopper

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:31 AM

I'll start it off:

Taboo - only 100 performances..



#2 MS1995

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:43 AM

what are the grounds for a flop? not running very long? or losing money?
2002: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
2004: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
2008: Mamma Mia
2009: Sound Of Music, Les Miserables, The Woman In Black
2010: Wicked
2012: Wicked, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Ghost, Wizard Of Oz, Phantom Of The Opera (UK Tour), Matilda, Sweeney Todd, Taboo (Brixton), Wicked, Wicked
2013: Lift (Soho), The Book Of Mormon, Avenue Q (Off-Broadway), Newsies (Broadway), Wicked (Broadway), Pippin (Broadway), The Lion King.
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2013: A Chorus Line, Wicked, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, We Will Rock You (UK Tour), Wicked (UK Tour), Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Wicked, Les Miserables, Wicked

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:52 AM

Technically a flop didnt return its investment

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:57 AM

Gone With the Wind? 79 shows and an utter shambles.
Too close to the sun, that manages what 3 weeks?

#5 xanderl

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:42 AM

Mike Read's Oscar Wilde musical closed the day after press night
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#6 Ian

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:47 AM

in 1930, at the Duchess Theatre, "The Intimate Revue" over-ran by so much on opening night that it was eventually abandoned and the rest of the run cancelled. Not even one complete performance.
The engine roared, the motor hissed,
And who could see that the road would twist

#7 MusicalTalk

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:12 PM

View PostTitan, on 29 September 2012 - 09:52 AM, said:

Technically a flop didnt return its investment

In that case:

Drowsy Chaperone
Springe Awakening
Hair
Every Sondheim Musical ever
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#8 Jamiem

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:51 PM

View PostMusicalTalk, on 29 September 2012 - 03:12 PM, said:



In that case:

Drowsy Chaperone
Springe Awakening
Hair
Every Sondheim Musical ever

Avenue q
Million dollar quartet
Betty blue eyes
Mary poppins
Cabaret
Saturday night fever
Crazy for you
Pricilla queen of the desert

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:51 PM

Yep

Spring Awakening and Drowsy were big flops hardly running very long

Sunset Blvd (original production)
Ghost

Plus many shows that have played the Shaftesbury before Hairspray

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:56 PM

View PostTitan, on 29 September 2012 - 03:51 PM, said:

Yep

Spring Awakening and Drowsy were big flops hardly running very long

Sunset Blvd (original production)
Ghost

Plus many shows that have played the Shaftesbury before Hairspray

Wizard of oz
Marguerite
Dreamboats and petticoats
Evita
Every transfer from the chocolate factory





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