OUR Worst of 2013 Lists

ClydeBarrow
Broadway Legend
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OUR Worst of 2013 Lists
Posted: 12/6/13 at 12:42pm
Sauja was nice enough to start a thread about Best Of lists. I didn't necessarily want to start a similar one but wasn't sure if there should be negativity in that one so I've separated them out.

We all see a lot of theatre and I'm sure plenty of it is bad but what's the WORST of the year for you? Here's my personal list for 2013 (#1 being the worst of the year).

10. A Night With Janis Joplin; 9. The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin; 8. Let It Be; 7. Feeling; 6. Homo: The Musical (NYMF); 5. The Landing; 4. Bad Jews; 3. Julian Po (NYMF); 2. The Big Knife; 1. The Preacher and the Shrink

Not surprisingly a lot of this list is comprised of Roundabout shows. Their seasons become weaker as the years go by. Hopefully 2014 will be better with the arrival of Cabaret and some pretty decent high profile actors.

One note about The Preacher and the Shrink, DON'T EVER SEE THAT PLAY. Even if it's free or even if you're paid to go see it. It's probably one of the worst I've seen in my life.
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Updated On: 12/6/13 at 12:42 PM
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
OUR Worst of 2013 Lists
Posted: 12/6/13 at 02:47pm
My worst of 2013:

1. Belleville
2. Bethany
3. Testament of Mary
4. Murder Ballad
5. Cheaters' Club

AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
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Posted: 12/6/13 at 02:52pm
A Night with Janis Joplin
Big Fish
The Explorers Club
I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan
Lady Day
Little Miss Sunshine
Orphans
Romeo and Juliet (Broadway and Off-Broadway--they were both awful)
The Snow Geese
The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin
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VotePeron
Featured Actor
joined:5/2/13
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Posted: 12/6/13 at 04:06pm
Only thing I saw that I really loathed was Hands On A Hardbody.
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
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Posted: 12/6/13 at 04:12pm
Only 3:

Big Fish
Big Knife
Hands on a Hardbody

Edit: In the cases of Big Fish and Big Knife, it's really about the production (in the case of Big Fish, the score was just not my cup of tea). Big Knife was directed at a very slow pace so it was difficult to watch. (The actors were very good in both cases-in all cases, in fact. But, there was no getting around the fact that I really didn't care for these three shows at all.)
Updated On: 12/6/13 at 04:12 PM
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
OUR Worst of 2013 Lists
Posted: 12/6/13 at 04:19pm
"Not surprisingly a lot of this list is comprised of Roundabout shows. Their seasons become weaker as the years go by."

The Roundabout has always had a knack for bad productions. They get stars who are all wrong for the parts they are playing and pair them with crappy directors.
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Mister Matt
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
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Posted: 12/6/13 at 04:20pm
I can only speak of productions in Chicago, but it would easily be Big Fish.
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get-it-right
Swing
joined:5/29/12
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Posted: 12/6/13 at 04:23pm
My worsts of 2013 were definitely Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, First Date, and Romeo and Juliet. Bar none.
TotallyEffed
Leading Actor
joined:3/29/07
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Posted: 12/6/13 at 06:48pm
The Snow Geese, Belleville, both Romeo and Juliets, Big Fish, A Time to Kill Yourself, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Jekyll & Hyde. No particular order.
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
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Posted: 12/6/13 at 07:23pm
I like the title A Time to Kill Yourself. You REALLY didn't like that play apparently!
Sally Durant Plummer
Understudy
joined:8/15/13
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Posted: 12/6/13 at 07:59pm
NBC's THE SOUND OF MUsic (with the exception of Godra).
mjohnson2
Stand-by
joined:11/2/13
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Posted: 12/6/13 at 10:14pm
1. Porgy and Bess (San Francisco)
2. Romeo and Juliet (Broadway)
3. The Snow Geese (Broadway)
4. Carrie (San Francisco)
5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (West End)

and are we allowed to say "The Sound of Music LIVE!"?
TotallyEffed
Leading Actor
joined:3/29/07
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Posted: 12/7/13 at 12:57pm
I actually think Clive was the worst.
quizking101
Broadway Legend
joined:12/25/09
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Posted: 12/7/13 at 09:44pm
The three shows I was not a huge fan of this year:
1) Jekyll & Hyde (Other than Deborah Cox, awful all around).
2) Motown (Good musical performances, but the interwoven "story" and original songs were very insulting to the audience).
3) The Assembled Parties (Great performances, but I just really didn't get what it was all about).
Wilmingtom
Broadway Star
joined:7/18/11
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Posted: 12/7/13 at 11:41pm
"The Roundabout has always had a knack for bad productions. They get stars who are all wrong for the parts they are playing and pair them with crappy directors."

Yeah, "Cabaret" with Richardson and Cumming, "...Joe Egg" with Stockard Channing and Jim Dale, "A View From the Bridge," "Nine," "Side Man," "Intimate Apparel,"Anna Christie," Anything Goes, "She Loves Me," "The 39 Steps,"Twelve Angry Men," the Deaf West production of "Big River," "Drood"... Truly, a lousy track record.

Updated On: 12/8/13 at 11:41 PM
BroadwayNYC2
Stand-by
joined:6/16/13
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Posted: 12/7/13 at 11:47pm
Bountiful was not a Roundabout production
Wilmingtom
Broadway Star
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Posted: 12/7/13 at 11:58pm
^ My bad.
rosscoe(au)
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/05
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Posted: 12/8/13 at 12:55am
Charlie and the chocolate factory would have to be the worst thing I saw this year, it ties with Ghost as one of the worst shows ever.
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billis2
Chorus Member
joined:3/22/13
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Posted: 12/8/13 at 12:57am
I think Roundabout has a pretty promising season this year, but your examples are really reaching back in time. The only examples you've given from the past 8 years are Anything Goes and Drood, both of which I loved, and The 39 Steps, which was a London import.

My worst of 2013 was Annie. My most overrated was Lucky Guy, which wasn't horrible but didn't deserve 6 Tony nominations.
aaronb
Broadway Star
joined:6/3/12
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Posted: 12/8/13 at 04:58am
I actually think Clive was the worst.

Without a doubt.
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KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
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Posted: 12/8/13 at 07:45am
Big Fish & Jekyll and Hyde. The Productions - not necessarily the shows.
The Other One
Featured Actor
joined:4/1/08
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Posted: 12/8/13 at 08:16am
Most disappointing: THE BIG KNIFE. A great supporting cast could not pick up the ball dropped by the wrong director and two miscast stars.
Tink2
Stand-by
joined:8/7/08
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Posted: 12/8/13 at 09:15am
Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot tin Roof
jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
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Posted: 12/8/13 at 10:12am
JEKYLL & HYDE and THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY stood head and shoulders above the riff-raff for the worst dreck I saw this year...
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MartyO49
Swing
joined:10/6/03
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Posted: 12/8/13 at 10:25am
Agree on "The Snow Geese"...recently adds: "Patron Saint of Sea Monsters" & "Cheri"
aaronb
Broadway Star
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Posted: 12/8/13 at 06:15pm
I liked JEKYLL & HYDE...
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