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Flopped and Forgotten
56 minutes | Apr 30, 2022
Since we don't talk about Bruno, this week we are talking about Juno, a musical set in Ireland during the Irish War of Independence. We've got some legendary people behind this one, so grab a Guiness and meet us at the Winter Garden Theatre!
57 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Ain't Broadway Grand
Bio musicals are all the rage right now and have we got one for you! Ain't Broadway Grand tells the story of producer Mike Todd (kind of) and a show he never actually produced. Confused? So are we.
52 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Triumph of Love
This week, we travel to Greece... again. We're looking at Triumph of Love from 1997, which starred Betty Buckley and Susan Egan.
54 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
We are paying tribute to the late, great Stephen Sondheim in our special way this week. His 1974 musical The Frogs found its way to Lincoln Center in 2004 with some help from Nathan Lane and boy did he put his own spin on things. We've got frogs, gods, Google, and jockstraps to talk about so let's hop to it.
57 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Diana: The Musical
We're back! And we've got a fresh flop to talk about. The people's princess got the Broadway treatment and while the show may not have been a hit with critics, we're giving it a fair chance. Join us for this musical romp through Kensington Palace and while we're there we'll discuss dancing corgies, RuPaul's Drag Race, and whether Eric knows what year it is.
82 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
This musical had everything: beloved characters, a legendary director, spectacular sets, great costumes, Bono, most of the cast of Hadestown... so what could possibly have gone wrong? Oh, so very many things. From producers dying to budgets growing out of control to those famous cast injuries, we are looking at everything that made Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark the biggest financial flop in the history of musical theatre.
57 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
This week, we head back to 1951 for Flahooley. This musical tells the story of a toy company that produces a brand new doll only to be nearly driven out of business by a confused but well meaning genie. Yes, that's right, a genie. Join us on this strange adventure and we'll try and make it make sense as we talk about puppets, pizza rolls, and the Red Scare. Oh, and racism. Because 1951.
62 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Mack & Mabel
Mack and Mabel is a favorite among flop enthusiasts thanks to its unforgettable score and stellar cast album. But what else is there to this musical about (probably) real life lovers from the silent film era? We peel back the celluloid to explore that question, as well as a religious pretzel craze, our favorite Bernadette Peters roles, and the fascinating real lives of Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand.
57 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Darling of the Day
Picture it: London, 1905. A troubled artist fakes his own death and begins a romance with the suitor of the actual dead man he's now impersonating. This is the basic plot of Jule Styne's Darling of the Day, a musical that couldn't quite earn the distinction of being a masterpiece. What went wrong? We'll paint the picture for you and we'll throw in some New York style pizza, a very funny dame, and a critique from Lisa's dog.
61 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Bring Back Birdie
This week, we have a rarity: a Broadway sequel! Bring Back Birdie was the 1981 sequel to the hit 1960 musical Bye Bye Birdie, but how did it stand up to its predecessor? Let's just say we wish they'd opted for a revival of the original.
51 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Fade Out -- Fade In
It's back to the sixties we go for this Carol Burnett star vehicle, although the word "vehicle" may be triggering to Carol when she thinks about how this show came crashing down around her. Join us for all the details on that as well as the jobs we've stumbled into, Lisa's disappointing-yet-delightful lunch, and our new favorite Broadway star: Smaxie the seal.
62 minutes | May 24, 2021
This week, we discuss a musical that was inspired by the true story of a teenaged murderer turned poet. Oh yeah, it was also inspired by a ghost's visit to Paul Simon. Listen to learn how it all went down!
55 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
We're keeping it in the family this week with our second show in a row to star a LuPone sibling. This time, Patti's up to the plate and she's bringing some very big stars (and a million wigs) with her. So pour some sangria and join us in sunny Spain for conversation about bad accents, soup, and the questionable roles we had in high school.
52 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Late Nite Comic
This week's episode is a doozey. Late Nite Comic ran for an impressively brief four performances in 1987, but why? No, really, why? Why did it close so quickly? Why are there two albums with the score, but neither involve the actual cast? And why, oh why, did it run in the first place? We may not have all the answers, but we definitely crack more jokes in this episode than there were in this disastrous musical comedy.
52 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Big: The Musical
We're kicking off our fourth season with a show that didn't quite live up to its name. Big is the musical version of the hit movie that made Tom Hanks a star, so where did it go wrong? Was it a case of too much product placement? Was the famous piano too big for the stage? And what does one of the stars of Grease have to do with it? Listen now to find out!
53 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Here's Love (or, Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical)
Christmastime is here, and what better way to celebrate than with a Christmas themed musical flop? When Meredith Willson adapted the movie Miracle on 34th Street for the Broadway stage, he gave it a misleading title that may have contributed to its demise. This week, we are talking about Here's Love, as well as the history of The Rockettes, our favorite Christmas movies, and Santa's credit score.
49 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
As the first Broadway musical to be created by Asian Americans, Allegiance would have been ground-breaking whether it flopped or not. Of course, it did flop, so we're talking about it this week. Starring the legends that are George Takei and Lea Salogna, Allegiance focuses on the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II. We will discuss that as well as the Pledge of Allegiance and our favorite baseball positions.
48 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Back in 2016, actor Steve Martin and folk-rock singer Edie Brickell teamed up on the musical Bright Star, a fictional expansion on the true Iron Mountain Baby story. It may have brought bluegrass to Broadway but it couldn't bring in the crowds, so it ended up on our show. This week, we talk about why that is, as well as Peter, Paul and Mary songs, George Washington's favorite cocktail, and an idea of Lisa's that's truly terrifying.
55 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
This week, we look at Dear World, Jerry Herman's attempt to further capitalize on the success of Mame and its star Angela Lansbury. Come on down to yet another restaurant basement with us for tales of big hats, the McDonald's in Times Square, and the world premiere of Hello, Bobby!
56 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Anna Karenina: The Musical
Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is one of the greatest books ever written, so how could the musical have flopped so badly? We're on a mission to find out how and on the way to our discovery we'll discuss breakfast cereals, gluten struggles, and of course, the famous novel itself.
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