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ObiHave
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joined:10/13/09
Badly Titled Shows
Posted: 7/3/10 at 10:36pm
Just interested in opinions of shows that have suffered from titles that were nebulous or could stand a new marketing strategy. "Redhead" seems an obvious choice. While the title is relevent to the piece, neither it or the poster indicate what the show is really about.
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chewy5000
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joined:12/1/09
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Posted: 7/3/10 at 10:50pm
Urinetown
IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...
2ndBalcony
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joined:11/26/06
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Posted: 7/3/10 at 11:00pm
Thread killer. After you've said "Urinetown", nobody else can say a word.

PS, I love Urinetown! - personal note: I was in NY trying to get in to see Wicked just after it opened. Yeah, right. While I was glumly walking back to my hotel, I saw this black theater with a totally obnoxious name. Well, WTH. I went in, and it was AWESOME!!!! I've seen Wicked many times since, but never enjoyed it as much as Urinetown on Broadway. And I did buy the Urinetown Bottled Water at the refreshment counter. Yum!
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My Oh My
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joined:6/29/07
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Posted: 7/3/10 at 11:01pm
Love Never Dies
Recreation of original John Cameron orchestration to "On My Own" by yours truly. Click player below to hear.
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Almira
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joined:12/6/09
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Posted: 7/3/10 at 11:23pm
Think MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is an awful title.

JELLY'S LAST JAM makes me think of smuckers.
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AwesomeDanny
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joined:7/30/09
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Posted: 7/3/10 at 11:35pm
I don't see why Urinetown is a bad title. I think humor is implied in the title. Also, the title sounds like "you're in town", so when you read the title, it adds to the humor.
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inick122492
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joined:1/11/09
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Posted: 7/3/10 at 11:37pm
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dram-coat... too wordy
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BroadwayGuy12
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joined:12/22/07
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Posted: 7/3/10 at 11:40pm
AwesomeDanny, I believe the posters who listed URINETOWN were including it because the title is actually mocked within the show for being so odd.
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My Oh My
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Posted: 7/3/10 at 11:45pm
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Recreation of original John Cameron orchestration to "On My Own" by yours truly. Click player below to hear.
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JMPlayer6
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joined:2/7/10
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 12:38am
Personally, I always thought that "Watching the Children Play in the Park on a Sunday Afternoon When the Thunderstorms Theatrened and the Nannies Ducked for Cover" was really just a very bad name for a musical.
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mallardo
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joined:5/28/04
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 02:57pm
Yes, Urinetown is in fact a great title - Little Sally's claims to the contrary. But I sure agree the Love Never Dies is an awful title.
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Schmerg_The_Impaler
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joined:8/31/08
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 03:13pm
I never wanted to see Sunday in the Park With George because the title sounded so dumb to me... then I heard what it was about and was intrigued, and now I love it. But by the title alone, I never would have had anything to do with it.
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Pippin
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joined:8/3/05
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 03:27pm
Ragtime- Brought to you by Tampax.

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Half a Sixpence
Subways are for Sleeping
1776
Bklyn
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Mark_E
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joined:1/26/06
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 03:27pm
"The Drowsy Chaperone"

Funny Show, Iffy Title
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The Railway Children, The Lion In Winter, The Comedy of Errors, Richard II, Pippin, The Ladykillers, Absent Friends, Shrek, Masterclass, Jersey Boys Rock Of Ages, Legally Blonde, Hay Fever, Singin' in the Rain, Abigail's Party, What the Butler Saw, Ragtime. [Booked] London Road, The Last of the Haussmans.
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AEA AGMA SM
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joined:8/13/09
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 03:27pm
An example of combining an ambiguous title with artwork that gives absolutely no idea of what the show is about:



No wonder the show couldn't find an audience
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tazber
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joined:5/10/05
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 03:44pm
Chu-Chem
Gutenberg! The Musical
Welcome To The Club
3 Guys Naked From The Waist Down
Cry For Us All
Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
How Now Dow Jones
Lunch
Now Is The Time For All Good Men
Zanna Don't
....but the world goes 'round
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sondheimboy2
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joined:11/5/05
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 04:10pm
"The Will Rodgers Follies" always bothered me.

It seems like the had a better, longer title in mind, but couldn't afford to pay for all the words...
"A coherent existance after so many years of muddle" - Desiree' Armfelt, A Little Night Music "Life keeps happening everyday, Say Yes" - 70, Girls, 70 "Life is what you do while you're waiting to die" - Zorba
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Stage Door Sally
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joined:6/4/09
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 05:53pm
I loved Urinetown, but it was badly titled. I know people who wouldn't go because of that.

Yeah the story pokes fun at the name, and so did the advertisements for it. I don't think it helped much in drawing a crowd though. Shame.

I also think The Play What I Wrote is a stupid-sounding title, but it suited the show which was quite silly.
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backwoodsbarbie
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 08:19pm
I am obsessed with the show, but "Sondheim on Sondheim"...really?
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matty159
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joined:3/30/07
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 08:27pm
I don't know so much as these two are bad so much as wordy and confounding...though to their credit, I remember them well:

Four Baboons Adoring The Sun

Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme
2014 Seen-It List: The Glass Menagerie, A Man's A Man, WOW (at BRIC), Bullets Over Broadway, Here Lies Love, Mothers and Sons, TONY Awards Dress Rehearsal
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aasjb4ever
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joined:3/29/09
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 09:14pm
I am obsessed with the show, but "Sondheim on Sondheim"...really?
sounds like a filthy porno...I kinda want to see it
What a colossal piece of crap! It'll probably run for years.
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WithoutATrace
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joined:11/27/04
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Posted: 7/4/10 at 10:41pm
But Never Jam Today
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ColorTheHours048
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joined:4/4/08
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Posted: 7/5/10 at 11:43am
Rent
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singtopher
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joined:12/28/05
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Posted: 7/5/10 at 12:53pm
Enron...at least for american audiences.
"If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it." -Stephen Colbert
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Dancin Thru Life
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joined:2/4/07
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Posted: 7/5/10 at 02:37pm
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.

I often wondered how many people avoided it because they assumed it was performed in French?

Even most people who like the show cannot promounce the title properly.

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Borstalboy
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joined:2/9/04
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Posted: 7/5/10 at 04:32pm
SPIDER MAN--Yay! We know what that is! TURN OFF THE DARK--A bad lyric by The Cure?

GOT TU GO DISCO

ROCKABYE HAMLET (in the tree top?)

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG--Maybe this title sold tickets in the 1930's when everyone was lightheaded from starvation, but not now.

A BROADWAY MUSICAL--And...?

DUDE

THE TAP DANCE KID--An ABC Afterschool Special

BABY--Just makes the imagination reel, no?

GREASE--Ewww!

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HAIR--"I heard it's even better than NAILS!"
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
Updated On: 7/5/10 at 04:32 PM

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