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Posted: 12/3/12 at 11:53am
I was reading about the ill-fated Broadway run of 'Enron' again earlier and I started wondering what other London exports have either flopped or been generally 'controversial' when taken across the pond?

Have any musicals had this effect? I vaughly remember The Full Monty attracting some kind of aghast reaction when it first opened? (something along the lines of us filthy Brits....)
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Posted: 12/3/12 at 05:04pm
I think there were nerves about The American Dream sequence in Miss Saigon.
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Posted: 12/3/12 at 09:44pm
I'm confused--The Full Monty was re-located to the US when it opened, and had already been a well received movie in the US. I don't think it got much of a "filthy Brits" reaction... :P

There may have been some nerves about The American Dream (though I think it's pretty tame), though of course the larger controversy was about casting, something I'm assuming was less of one in London.

If we're talking mere flops, there are a lot more examples I can think of than exports that proved controversial--
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Posted: 12/4/12 at 03:45am
The Full Monty thing, was something from the depths of memory-I seem to recall some reaction to it being more 'controversial' because of the nudity/subject matter (despite it being a successful movie) Anyway can't remember anything else about it so maybe I imagined it....

And I was thinking more about controversial shows, rather than just plain flops. So Miss Saigon was a prime example-the controversy over Jonathan Pryce as the Engineer as well as the content of it.
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Posted: 12/4/12 at 03:56am
The original Jesus Christ Superstar was quite controversial
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Posted: 12/4/12 at 04:02am
Rocky Horror Show

In the 70's some shows (British and American) were controversial because they were really pushing boundaries and changing theatre.

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Posted: 12/4/12 at 04:06am
The production of Jerry Springer: The Opera was (and is still) too controversial for Broadway audiences. (Which is why Book of Mormon isn't as groundbreaking as some think... JSTO is a lot more adult). It was still staged as a one off at Carnegie Hall.

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Posted: 12/4/12 at 06:42am
I'd forgotten that JSTO hadn't been properly staged on B'way. There was enough controversy when it went on tour in the UK-I remember the protesters outside the WMC in Cardiff!
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Posted: 12/5/12 at 06:18am
Wasn't JCS first fully staged on Broadway--so the London one was after? I know the London one was less controversial/out there and ran much longer, though the Broadway one wasn't really a flop.

Interesting topic Sooner--I'm sure there must be some examples, particularly non-musical, I just can't think of.
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Posted: 12/5/12 at 07:33am
JCS opened on Broadway in 1971 and in the WestEnd in 1972.
I seem to remember there were protests outside the Palace Theatre at the time
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Posted: 12/5/12 at 07:51am
Yes there were certainly protests in London for JCS.

Jerry Springer when broadcast on the BBC attracted 55, 000 complaints! Which also makes me think a few thousand people with nothing better to do....
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Posted: 12/5/12 at 06:44pm
There were protests outside JCS in the US too

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