Flop Musicals of the Twenty First Century: How They Happened, When They Happened (And What We’ve Learned), 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Flop Musicals of the Twenty First Century

How They Happened, When They Happened (And What We’ve Learned), 1st Edition

By Stephen Purdy

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144 pages

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Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; 2 Lestat; 3 Urban Cowboy; 4 The Pirate Queen; 5 Rocky; 6 King Kong; 7 Escape to Margaritaville; 8 Glory Days; 9 Bullets Over Broadway; 10 Dance of the Vampires

About the Author

Stephen Purdy is a member of the musical theatre faculty at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, USA and is the author of MUSICAL THEATRE SONG: A Comprehensive Course and he regularly delivers Master Classes and seminars on Musical Theatre singing and song performance at arts institutions across the globe.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS019000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving
BUS070110
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Entertainment
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011010
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism
PER013000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Broadway & Musical Revue