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

ISBN 9780367173326
Published June 1, 2020 by Routledge
114 Pages

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Book Description

Flop Musicals of the Twenty-First Century offers a provocative and revealing historical narrative of a group of musicals that cost millions and that had spectacular potential...but bombed anyway.

Unlike similar books on the topic which have taken a more truncated approach to telling the fascinating stories of these shows, Stephen Purdy chooses instead to examine at length the production histories of these shows which are all bound together by a common thread. In this volume Purdy focuses the lens on several seemingly infallible theatre creatives that weren't destined to repeat their successes with the shows discussed in this volume. 

As such, Purdy grounds the discussion by examining what the legendary creators of Les Miserables, pop superstar Elton John, wunderkind Julie Taymor and many others have in common besides being inspired storytellers of iconic Broadway musicals. The answer is that that also all created shows that, for one reason or a dozen, didn't find an audience. This particular volume shares the story of what can happen when formidable creative teams of sell-out musicals attempt to re-create their success but miss the mark.

This is an engaging book for students, practitioners and fans of musical theatre that contains thoughtful observations about luck and creative differences, 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

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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. He regularly delivers master classes and seminars on musical theatre singing and song performance at arts institutions across the globe.