Not every Broadway show is a guaranteed hit. In spite of the best efforts of the cast, the director, and the costume and set designers, certain shows fail to please their audiences — or any audiences, for that matter. Sometimes, the story doesn’t translate. Occasionally, the plot is so farcical that no one takes the show seriously.
In other cases of Broadway’s most monumental flops, performances had all the ingredients necessary for success, but theater-goers rejected the recipe all the same. Imagine a story receiving the green light but never getting past its preview showings.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of the most surprising failures on Broadway. Truman Capote’s short story is marvelous, and the film, though significantly different, is delightful thanks to Audrey Hepburn’s doe-eyed Holly Golightly. On Broadway in 1966, Mary Tyler Moore played Holly as a cursing call girl. It’s easier to understand why a show like Into the Light failed. On the surface, a story exploring a father/son relationship has promise. In reality, there was a mime involved. In the case of 1965’s Kelly, not even Mel Brooks could save the dreadful story.
It’s impossible to predict what shows will tank on the Great White Way, which is one reason to check out reviews before you buy tickets to a new show. Better still, find out the show’s preview circuit and read the critics’ reviews in the local papers.
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Do what you can to avoid wasting time and money on a dud. In the meantime, take a look at the following infographic to learn the details behind some of Broadway’s most spectacular disasters.
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