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Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
Stephen Ward is a gonner already.
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda***** 39 Steps**** Another Country** handbagged** Two Into One*** The Beautiful Game***** Let The Right One In**** Once**** Privacy*****
Jonwo
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/06
Not surprising as it was struggling to sell tickets but it was always going to be a hard sell for audiences. Will be interesting what goes into The Aldwych next,
Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
Yes, very much agreed.

However I can see where audiences have moved on from this genre of show and remember both Stephen Ward and From Here To Eternity had very short runs, despite both being decent shows. Audience do not want to hear original scores anymore and want something they're already familiar with put to a story, sometimes this is good, sometimes not.

The other golden rule, when writing a musical, never ever criticise the establishment.
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda***** 39 Steps**** Another Country** handbagged** Two Into One*** The Beautiful Game***** Let The Right One In**** Once**** Privacy*****
Jonwo
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/06
From Here to Eternity was familiar material being based on a book but it wasn't received well by audiences or critics, shows with original scores and book are rare but they do exist like The Book of Mormon which is a huge hit.

EricMontreal22
Broadway Legend
joined:10/31/11
And FHTE had a very well known, yes, still, movie.

You also have works like Matilda with fairly familiar stories, but original scores. Still, I admit that while what I know of several of these recent scores (ie from CDs, clips, etc) they seem to all have had some problems, it is a bit depressing when it comes to original major West End musicals at the moment.
72arodney
Chorus Member
joined:10/28/10
"The other golden rule, when writing a musical, never ever criticise the establishment."

Seems to have worked for Billy Elliott...
Princeton Returns
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/10
Thetr is no golden rule for making a musical, you never know what will work and what wont
AnythingGoes23
Broadway Star
joined:11/21/11
I don't think anyone had money on Eternity or Ward doing the buisness. Something's just shouldn't be musicals, these are two examples.

I don't think it's because it's new music, Charlie and Mormon are selling out fine, it's just they didn't work. Eternity needed to be a sweeping romantic musical but they went edgy and lost it's only audience and Ward just shouldn't have been a musical, a hard hitting play, yes.
Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
Book of Mormon and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory didn't get better reviews than Ward/Eternity.
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda***** 39 Steps**** Another Country** handbagged** Two Into One*** The Beautiful Game***** Let The Right One In**** Once**** Privacy*****

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