Mary Tyler Moore & Richard Chamberlain sing the “Who Needs Her” reprise from the Broadway production of the musical “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. It only played four preview performances at the Majestic Theatre in December of 1966 before it was shut down by David Merrick, one of the leading producers of the show, making it one of the most notorious flops in Broadway history.
flop musicals are sometimes the best kinds of musicals so if you ever feel like a flop or a failure, just remember that something like Bridges of Madison County can flop and people all over the country still adore it.
“Carrie”, a musical adaption of Stephen King’s classic novel, played only sixteen preview performances and closed after only five official performances at the Virginia Theatre on Broadway in 1988, losing the entire investment that was put into it and immediately becoming one of the most notorious flops in Broadway history. The show starred Linzi Hateley in her Broadway debut as Carrie White and Betty Buckley as Margaret White.
In this clip, Betty Buckley and Linzi Hateley sing “I Remember How Those Boys Could Dance” from the first preview of Carrie the Musical at the Virginia Theatre on Broadway on April 28th, 1988.
“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, starring the talents of Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone, Danny Burstein, de'Adre Aziza, Brian Stokes Mitchell and many more, closed after only 69 performances at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway on January 2nd, 2011.
This Day in History: “The Scottsboro Boys” closes at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway after only 49 performances (December 12th, 2010). Despite this, the show earned twelve Tony Award Nominations, but failed to win any.
The record label known as “Blue Pear Records” issued some bootleg “Original Broadway Cast Recordings” in the 1980’s. The shows they released were mostly flops, and the company basically took live recordings of the shows and put them onto vinyl. Releases include Drat! The Cat, A Joyful Noise, The Body Beautiful and others.
Production photos from the short lived musical comedy “Drat! The Cat”, which played 8 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway in October of 1965. The show starred Lesley Ann Warren and Elliot Gould.
From left to right: Jesse JP Johnson, Steven Booth, Andrew C. Call and Adam Halpin in the 2008 Broadway musical “Glory Days” which opened and closed on the same night at the Circle in the Square theatre on May 6th, 2008.
The show received mostly negative reviews and the producers announced that they felt it was necessary to shut down the show “immediately”.
Theatre marquee for “In My Life”, a musical love story about a musician with obsessive compulsive disorder and a journalist with Tourette’s Syndrome. The show played 68 performances on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, closing on December 11th, 2005.