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Ignored The Critics, Saw A Show, Loved It!

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ucjrdude902
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/07
Has there ever been a time where critics weren't crazy about a show, you ignored the reviews and still saw a show to end up loving it?
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SNAFU
Broadway Legend
joined:4/20/04
Bonnie and Clyde.
Those Blocked: SueStorm. N2N Nate. Good riddence to stupid! Rad-Z, shill begone!
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nicnyc
Understudy
joined:7/7/12
Chess
Big Fish

Updated On: 7/6/14 at 10:45 PM
DWalk
Understudy
joined:8/18/05
The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Civil War.
skylight2
Understudy
joined:6/13/14
If/Then
Broadwayfan15
Swing
joined:12/4/11
If/Then- loved it. The show's still in my head.
KathyNYC2
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/10
If then...is the most recent and (just thought of this one) A Time to Kill.

In general, there are a lot of shows that the critics don't like that I do..I keep thinking that maybe I am not so fussy.

Updated On: 7/5/14 at 11:24 PM
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
UTBU, Dear World, 70, Girls, 70, and many others.
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Sally Durant Plummer
Featured Actor
joined:8/15/13
After Eight, did you see House of Flowers?

And yes, Dear World is a wonderful show. Nothing like a Jerry Herman score.
"I know what a show-stopping song is. I know what you get a Tony for. Neither of those songs were it. And Sheryl Lee Ralph didn't even get nominated. Even with the new material. You know as an artist when somebody's giving you material that will stop a show. Give me the material. I know how to stop a show." - Tonya Pinkins Blocked: mjohnson2
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
Not the original, but the Encores presentation.
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Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Most of those they trash I like.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
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Sally Durant Plummer
Featured Actor
joined:8/15/13
I would have loved to have seen Tonya Pinkins in that role - she is one of my favorite performers. Especially with that full orchestra, Did they use the original Broadway score or the Off-Broadway version?

"I know what a show-stopping song is. I know what you get a Tony for. Neither of those songs were it. And Sheryl Lee Ralph didn't even get nominated. Even with the new material. You know as an artist when somebody's giving you material that will stop a show. Give me the material. I know how to stop a show." - Tonya Pinkins Blocked: mjohnson2
Updated On: 7/5/14 at 07:10 AM
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
^

I can't remember. But it didn't come across as well as what we hear on the OBCR.

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Sally Durant Plummer
Featured Actor
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It would be hard to - it is a rather perfect recording with an extraordinary cast. Thank you for the information though - you are always so polite.
"I know what a show-stopping song is. I know what you get a Tony for. Neither of those songs were it. And Sheryl Lee Ralph didn't even get nominated. Even with the new material. You know as an artist when somebody's giving you material that will stop a show. Give me the material. I know how to stop a show." - Tonya Pinkins Blocked: mjohnson2
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ethan231h
Broadway Star
joined:5/5/11
If/Then, I loved it and seeing it again!
but in reverse I hated Peter and the Star catcher and critics loved it.
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trentsketch
Broadway Legend
joined:6/25/09
Best example I can think of is Young Frankenstein. I really enjoyed that show. Had a great time seeing it with a school group I chaperoned.

Next closest is American Idiot. The NY critics were not nearly as positive as the LA critics but that was easily my favorite show that season .
ArtMan
Broadway Legend
joined:9/10/08
Bonnie & Clyde, Bring It On, Chaplin, Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway
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Wickedlover56
Understudy
joined:5/2/14
Wicked
Legally Blonde
Bring it On
Shrek
The Little Mermaid
American Idiot

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Updated On: 7/5/14 at 09:15 AM
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ljay889
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joined:8/4/04
WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

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iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
I like you, ljay. I loved that show, too.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
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macnyc
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joined:7/26/08
I'll second the motion for Chaplin. I also thought Bullets Over Broadway was a hoot and a half.

Updated On: 7/5/14 at 10:44 AM
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bwayphreak234
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joined:7/4/10
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"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
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kade.ivy
Featured Actor
joined:7/28/13
I second Wicked and Shrek.

I saw the tour of The Addams Family and enjoyed it fairly well, but I know the tour was revised from Broadway and was better received.
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Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
All the shows mentioned above
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
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FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
I saw "Women on the Verge…" before the critics (and with Iflit!) and it was the first preview they got all the way through with no technical problems. I enjoyed the hell out of this flawed production. I think Iflit was more on the fence. It was the chatter of a few attention seekers on this board that mystified me. It was their mission in life to declare it the worst show in the history of history, the most terrible thing that had ever existed. It made me think what a sheltered life they must have lived if that little show was the worst thing they'd ever seen in their lives.

'First the Bastille than the butt plug.' -- M ______
Updated On: 7/5/14 at 11:39 AM
yankeefan7
Broadway Legend
joined:4/14/12
Jekyll & Hyde - 1997
Catch Me If You Can
Wicked
Singing In The Rain

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