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Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit & the Biggest Flop of the Season - 1959 to 2009 Paperback – September 1, 2010
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I also felt that some of the topics Filichia highlighted were downright bizarre. For instance, one poster already spoke of his discussion of George Andrews, who has been with "Phantom" since the beginning. This is what he chooses to talk about for the longest-running show in Broadway history? Likewise, for "Crazy for You", we get a few pages of what Beth Leavel was "thinking about" when she was singing in the chorus? I like her as much as anyone, but come on....
By the way, speaking of editing, this book needs some heavy-duty proof-reading. There are missing words, wrong words (i.e., "pop marker" instead of "pop market") and unfinished sentences. Doesn't anyone proof read anymore?
It briefly reviews and explains what the author thinks was the biggest "hit" and biggest "flop" for musicals on Broadway in a 50 year span. It sounds pretty straight-forward.
But what if the "biggest flop" wasn't a finished musical, but just a workshop of a musical in development ("Wise Guys," considered the biggest flop of the 1999-2000 season)? What if the biggest flop musical isn't even a musical ("The New Musicals Project," considered the biggest flop musical of 1990-1991)?
I suppose that, since the title doesn't specify "NEW" musicals, that I shouldn't be disappointed when revivals are considered the biggest hit ("South Pacific" in 2007-2008) and biggest flop ("On The Town," 1971-1972), even then there were notable new hits and flops during those years.
I DO have an issue or two about a book being about hit and flop "Broadway musicals" that include so many shows that never made it to New York at all being considered "Broadway musicals." There are shows included that never even went into rehearsal, as well as numerous that never played New York at all. How can a show that only played in Washington DC or Philadelphia be considered a "Broadway musical?"
There also isn't a very consistent view of what makes a "hit" or what makes a "flop." In the preface, the author states that it's mostly about making money, but then doesn't follow through with that thought. "Shrek," which lost about $25 million and is the biggest money-loser of all time isn't considered to be the biggest flop of the year. "Carrie," which set the record for losing money in the 80s was considered less of a flop than "Chess" because of "expectations," according to the author.Read more ›
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Just awful. Spelling mistakes and formatting errors in every paragraph.
A shame, because this is a mostly entertaining read for lovers of musicals. Read more
This is certainly not an indispensable guide to the American Musical Theater, but it's a fun, entertaining read by a knowledgeable author and fan.Published on August 9, 2013 by Sarah K. Bartkowski
This is a truly excellent idea for a book...and that's about it. I don't particularly expect consistency in this kind of book. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by D. Miller
A very good book for theatre lovers. It's useful to have all the info of the past plays and remember some of this plays as they werePublished on April 8, 2013 by ana maría collado
I loved reading the details of how these musicals came together and why they succeeded or failed. Well written. Brought back lots of pleasant memories of those I had seen.Published on November 30, 2012 by Chuck
I adored this book--full of many interesting facts and observations for the
past fifty years. Every show queen must read. It was given to me as a gift. Read more
If Ken Mandelbaum can be said to have written the "Old Testament" of Broadway Flop musical books with "Not Since Carrie", then Peter Filichia's "Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit... Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by theatremonkey