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What Are Your Favourite Musical Flops? Any Worth A Reinterpretation?


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#21 MrBarnaby

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:48 PM

The Witches of Eastwick.. Think it was much better than it was give credit for. By the time it was at the prince of Wales, the book was very tight.. But sadly it was a very cheap looking show.
It never had the best launch with Ian McShane as the lead.

#22 Jon

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:58 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 15 April 2013 - 10:48 PM, said:

The Witches of Eastwick.. Think it was much better than it was give credit for. By the time it was at the prince of Wales, the book was very tight.. But sadly it was a very cheap looking show.
It never had the best launch with Ian McShane as the lead.

I wonder if it would have lasted longer had it not opened at Drury Lane first? Didn't Cameron Mackintosh originally want Michael Crawford for Daryl Van Horne?

#23 danieldabell

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:29 AM

Love Never Dies.
Parade.
Betty Blue Eyes.

#24 Monteverdi

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:28 AM

oh yes the brilliant Betty Blue Eyes - such a great show - darn I now have those wonderful songs in my head. There's no pig in the house!

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:03 AM

Children of Eden
Spring Awakening
Too Close to the Sun - maybe not!!

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:52 PM

Oh yes, I'd love to see Children of Eden on stage, I still think it's full of beautiful songs.

Personally I also loved The Far Pavilions, perhaps because the book has always been a favorite of mine.

#27 D'James

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:13 PM

I agree with Betty Blue Eyes too. I was fortunate enough to see that twice but Lend Me A Tenor only once. With both these shows I wonder if the name put people off. I mentioned Lend Me A Tenor to my friend the other day and he said he thinks it sounds depressing. The pun only works when you see it written down.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:08 PM

Such a shame that Lend me a tenor closed, I'd love to see it again!

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:05 AM

From more recent times I would like to see revivals of :-

Parade
City of Angels
Jack the Ripper
Mr Cinders

In place of the ubiquitous juke-box show I would also be interested is seeing the music of some wonderful oldies now saddled with an unworkable book, completely re-imagined by either transposing to a new time/location like ENO's The Mikado or totally new characters, story, even song lyrics into a "new" show. Shows like The Arcadians, Bless The Bride et al, which had successful runs, some wonderful tunes, and became the staple of many an amdram society, but are now dated beyond belief could perhaps have a new life. Many must now be approaching coming out of copyright, if not already there. Chu Chin Chow (mark II) anyone?
The engine roared, the motor hissed,
And who could see that the road would twist

#30 Kasper

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:28 PM

Betty Blue Eyes was great!

But...

The Secret Garden (RSC version was a flop)
When Peggy Sue Got Married
Bat Boy (in a small venue!!!)
The Fix
The Pirate Queen
The Caveman
Anyone Can Whistle
La Cava
Hard Times
Spring Awakening (also in a small vene)
Grey Gardens
Steel Pier
Death takes a Holliday
Aida (never came to the WE)
Titanic (dito)
The Rink
And a small scale version of the Woman in White




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