Musicals that flopped

Musicals that flopped

We musical theatre geeks love to read the news of New York's Broadway theatre scene: the hits, the celebs, and the successes make their way into the news constantly. Unfortunately, we rarely hear about the underdogs, the lesser known shows, and the shows that don't get good reviews from critics or audiences. The creative minds that conspire to put on a show aim for greatness, but in the highly competitive New York theater scene, more shows bomb than succeed. Here are ten musicals that were spectacular flops in their Broadway debuts. 

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Jennifer Hudson to perform in The Color Purple, but not as Celie

Jennifer Hudson to perform in The Color Purple, but not as Celie

Jennifer Hudson is indeed coming to Broadway this year!  As previously speculated, the Oscar and Grammy winner will make her Great White Way debut in the John Doyle-helmed revival of The Color Purple; however, instead of playing Celie, as The New York Post mistakenly reported, Hudson will take on the role of Shug Avery.Although further casting has yet to be announced, Broadway.com has learned that the show’s producers, including Oprah Winfrey and Scott Sanders, are in talks with Cynthia Erivo, who played the role of Celie in the 2013 staging at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, to reprise her performance across the pond.

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Interview: The Skivvies

Interview: The Skivvies

The Skivvies. People Magazine called them the "Most Playful Performers" in their June 2014 "Most Talked About Bodies" issue. Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley - two ridiculously beautiful, highly talented performers/mash-up/artists/comedians - have created a huge following in New York and around the country with their highly eclectic fusion of pop/rock and musical theatre songs. And yes, they perform in their undies. I recently sat down with Lauren and Nick as they were preparing for their first Skivvies concert of the New Year. The following is a partial transcript of the interview.

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The inner workings of Broadway production budgets

The inner workings of Broadway production budgets

Sports fans have baseball box scores and NFL draft rankings. Broadway fans have the weekly grosses. Show business is, after all, a business, and the true fanatics pore over weekly box office with every bit as much obsession as sports nuts lavish over their March Madness brackets.

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Sienna Miller to replace Emma Stone in Cabaret

Sienna Miller to replace Emma Stone in Cabaret

Perfectly marvelous! Sienna Miller will star as Sally Bowles in Cabaret on Broadway. The stage and screen star is set to replace Emma Stone in the role opposite Alan Cumming’s Emcee from February 17. As previously reported, Stone will play her last performance in the Roundabout Theatre Company production on February 15. Miller will remain with the revival until it ends its limited engagement on March 29 at Studio 54.Miller made her Broadway debut in 2009 in Roundabout’s After Miss Julie; her other stage credits include As You Like It and Flare Path. She can currently be seen in movie theaters co-starring opposite Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. Additional screen credits include Layer Cake, Interview, The Edge of Love, Factory Girl, Casanova, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Girl, Foxcatcher and the upcoming Unfinished Business and High Rise.

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Why do Broadway shows close?

Why do Broadway shows close?

It's one of the harsh, universal truths of theater: shows close. And sometimes much sooner than fans of the show would like. Frequently, when a show announces the date of its final performance, fans will decry the news on social media. “Oh, nooooooooo! Why is it closing? It's so good!”

There are a variety of reasons why a Broadway show might post a closing notice. It's mostly a business decision, but there are also the star's schedule and temperament to take into account, as well as the time of year, and the critical response to the show. Most closures fall into one of the following categories:

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