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Initial post: Feb 15, 2010 12:10:57 PM PST
We all remember our favorite moments and shows, but we all must have attended shows that we eagerly anticipated either because of the reviews or because a particular composer or playwright was connected with that production, only to be disappointed by the production. For me, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE was a complete bore, even with M. Patinkin and B. Peters and I would have walked out had I not been with friends. The closing number of ASSASSINS with the videos of the Kennedy assassination flashing on Neil Patrick Harris's tee-shirt was the ultimate in bad taste and left me and others leaving the theatre cursing the authors. There are others and maybe others would like to share their experiences.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 11:11:07 AM PST
The Phantom of the Opera. Even the much noted sets, costumes and Hal Prince staging left me utterly cold. Naturally the performance got a standing O. A crashing bore. And the chandelier just kind of slid ever so gently down to the ground as the hero slowly WALKED his girlfriend out of the way. Ooooo, scary. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2010 1:59:22 PM PST
I'm in total agreement. Sat through the show the3rd day after opening trying to recognize what Puccini opera or R&H show his songs came from. Listen to the 2nd act opening of LA FANCUILLA DEL WEST and you'll know where he got MUSIC OF THE NIGHT FROM.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 11:43:15 AM PST
ColoNative says:
Cats is way overrated. Longest running ms azz! People just kept going back to try and figure out what other people saw, thus creating a vicious cycle.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 1:46:47 PM PST
Denali.fire says:
Cats. I had heard so much about it and was looking foward to seeing it....MaryAnne and I both hated it. I was walking by the theater 3 yrs later and was still hearing so many great reviews, I got a ticket for standing room, i figured I might have had an off night the first time I saw it...I saw it a second time. I hated it more and disliked myself for wasting the time and money for seeing it again! HOW DUMB CAN SOMEONE BE! Only bright 3 minutes in the show was Betty Buckley singing Memory.

A Dumb Denali.

PS Nick and Nora was no prize either.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 12:47:59 PM PST
MWinget says:
For me, it was Miss Saigon. After the success of Les Miserables, I was expecting a really great show. However, stealing the story of Madame Butterfly and then re-imagining the music of Les Mis, just left me really bored. The only memorable number from the show was "last night of the world"

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 8:19:42 PM PST
JTC1350 says:
Cats. Dumbest thing I ever saw. The Plot, music. "memory" quite literally my only good memory of it.
Than god for the bar at intermission

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2010 2:44:11 PM PST
Denali.fire says:
JTC1350

LOL....only good thing was Memory and the bar. .I might just have even met you at the bar! I had a double....I knew I would need it to get through the 2nd act.
DF

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 8:06:24 PM PST
Ashley Reale says:
The third time I saw Beauty and the Beast in NYC, they had cut down the supporting dancers and singers so the stage was so bare. It was such a change from the full stage that I had seen the other two times. It was a shame since BatB is my favorite show/movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2010 12:48:45 PM PST
Denali.fire says:
Speaking of "BatB" Bat Boy was a great little off broadway feat. Deven May was mezmorizing....I will confess it was a bit campy and not all would have really liked it.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 5:41:27 AM PST
normalheart says:
Andrew Lloyd Weber will write a fairly decent song and suddenly builds a whole show around it with unhummable, unforgettable, mish most for the remaing two and a half hours. I saw "Phantom" before I heard the score...as we all know, "Music of the Night" WAS that song that the show was written around and as I left the theatre, the orchestra's exit music included the hit song. Since I didn't know any of the lyrics, I found myself...going up the aisle, singing, "School Days, School Days, Dear old Golden Rule Days...". Since then, every time I hear that song, 'my lyrics' pop into my head. "Evita" was a bore written around, "Don't Cry For Me...' and without "Memory" what was memorable from "Cats"? He writes pop opera...non melodic melodies and yet, "Phantom" has played for twenty years because of "School Days" and a falling chandelier. That ain't worth a seat for a hundred bucks!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2010 6:28:09 AM PST
Music of the Night was originally written as a ballad from ALW's original concept for Aspects of Love with different lyrics. Memory was slated for Col. Peron in Evita and Max in his first attempt at Sunset Blvd. in the 70's. Source- Phantom of the Opera dvd documentary.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 8:46:53 AM PDT
It would have to be CATS.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2010 3:08:49 PM PDT
Denali.fire says:
CATS is a four letter word that has a "C" in it....like a lot of four letter words! LOL

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 3:11:13 PM PDT
Denali.fire says:
I have the CD for "Love Never Dies" I have not heard a memorable song yeT. I understand changes form the London production will occur before the BDWY debut.
DF

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 12:35:54 PM PDT
C. Boyer says:
"Wicked"...saw the original cast...the music was mediocre...hardly memorable. Everyone around me seemed thrilled...I was bored to tears. Cannot understand why it's still so popular.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2010 12:45:15 PM PDT
i saw it right after it opened. good story that was ruined by a boring score. totally agree with you. i guess sets are what make a show for many people.

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Posted on Apr 8, 2010 7:10:10 PM PDT
When I saw the first B&tB national tour I was entralled, the enchantress, the ending, so excited. Then I went to see it on Broadway, so disappointed, it was like the amusment park version of a musical. I thought I was going to go outside and ride the teacups!

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 10:30:55 AM PDT
SARAVA - though the sets were ugly when I entered the theater - crossed my arms and never uncrossed them the rest of the evening - couldn't find a reason to.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 2:56:30 PM PDT
La says:
All Shook Up was *awful*. We walked out and literally said "... seriously?" Phantom was a bit of a let down, as well. All Shook Up was worse, but I had big expectations for Phantom, and I was thinking the whole time "this is it? Seriously?"

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2010 12:50:26 PM PDT
chuck70 says:
i know what you mean about wicked BUT, after playing it again and really hearing the words i loved it and i guess it just depends on what your use too. there are a fue who will agree with you but, wicked is really a great show. (saw it in Phila. and loved it)

Posted on May 7, 2010 3:03:40 PM PDT
J. DeBose says:
Wicked. Absolutely. First of all, it's hype is ridiculous. The only reason people like it so much is because...I don't even know why people like it, to be honest. The music is overrated and generic. They completely and utterly destroyed the book. And worst of all, in the 2004 Tony Awards, Idina Menzel beat out Tonya Pinkins for Best Actress in a Musical. Everyone knows that her performance in Caroline, or Change was the best of that entire season. I'm sorry, all you Wicked fans, but I just hate this show.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 3:31:04 PM PDT
Denali.fire says:
Regrets I did not see Caroline...otherwise I might "Change" my mind about Wicked and Idina. I shall look for a revival or tour of Caroline.
DF

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 5:19:48 PM PDT
chuck70 says:
really?????.............I think you should see it again.
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