Flop Musicals of the Twenty First Century: How They Happened, When They Happened (And What We’ve Learned)

1st Edition

Stephen Purdy

June 30, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 144 Pages
ISBN 9780367173326 - CAT# K413579

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Flop Musicals of the Twenty First Century offers a provocative and revealing historical narrative a group of musicals that cost millions, were created by world-renowned writers and directors, and that had spectacular potential… but bombed anyway.

Stephen Purdy asks the reader to consider what the legendary creators of Les Miseìrables, pop superstar Elton John, and wunderkind Julie Taymor have in common besides being inspired storytellers of iconic Broadway musicals? The answer is that they also all created shows that, for one reason or a dozen, flopped. This book shares the story of what can happen when formidable creative teams of sell-out musicals attempt to repeat their success but miss the mark. First hand accounts from (the) cast members, backstage staff and the creative team combined with a wealth of secondary sources gathered from press articles, reviews and critical commentary offer an intriguing insight into the factors behind success and failure in the musical theatre business.

This is a fascinating book for students and scholars of Musical Theatre that contains thoughtful observations about luck and creative differences to botched adaptations and alienated audiences, all of which can determine the fate of a musical.


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