broadway flop

Who Needs Her? (Reprise)
  • Who Needs Her? (Reprise)
  • Original Broadway Cast
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's (1966 Live on Broadway)

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.

when you mess up the rap in Guns and Ships

I Remember How Those Boys Could Dance
  • I Remember How Those Boys Could Dance
  • Betty Buckley, Linzi Hateley
  • Carrie (4.28.1988, First Broadway Preview)

“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.

The signs as Broadway flops
  • Aries: The Story of My Life
  • Taurus: Pipe Dream
  • Gemini: Bring Back Birdie
  • Cancer: La Strada
  • Leo: Carrie
  • Virgo: Dance of the Vampires
  • Libra: Leap of Faith
  • Scorpio: Kelly
  • Sagittarius: Drat! The Cat
  • Capricorn: Annie 2
  • Aquarius: Smile
  • Pisces: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

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”.