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Broadway Abbriviatons #1
Posted: 9/27/10 at 6:33pm
n2n BBAJ ALND LND LBTM DRS ROA broadway has its own adorable language. We use them sooooo much, in facebook statuses, on bww.com, or even in conversations.

"Have you seen n2n?"
"What?"
"I mean Next to Normal"

Just out of curiosity, what are some more broadway acronyms or abbreviations (like Promises or Addams or La Cage)?
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Broadway Abbriviatons #2
Posted: 9/27/10 at 6:40pm
Promises x 2 = Promises, Promises
H2$ = How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
ALNM = A Little Night Music
WSS = West Side Story
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Broadway Abbriviatons #2
Posted: 9/27/10 at 6:44pm
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Broadway Abbriviatons #4
Posted: 9/27/10 at 6:55pm
ALNM = A Little Night Music
WSS = West Side Story


I hate these two. The first in particular. I think once you get into four initials then it's easier to just say a shortened version of the title. Night Music.
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Broadway Abbriviatons #5
Posted: 9/27/10 at 6:57pm
Out of curiosity, Weez, were you going for Cats, Cabaret, Curtains, or Chicago?
Nothing matters but knowing nothing matters. ~ Wicked
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There is no future, there is no past. I live this moment as my last. ~ Rent

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Broadway Abbriviatons #6
Posted: 9/27/10 at 6:57pm
SITPWG

AFTHOTWTTF
"Rose in Gypsy was like going through therapy for me. Playing Rose helped me put a lot of emotions to bed. There was so much lacking in Rose and that's why she had to prove herself through her children. [interviewer]In ways that reminded you of your mom?[/interviewer]. Let's just say the role was very interesting for me. That one was the most interesting [I've ever played]" - Bernadette Peters (2018)
Updated On: 9/27/10 at 06:57 PM
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Broadway Abbriviatons #7
Posted: 9/27/10 at 6:58pm
I believe "H2$" originated with the Matthew Broderick revival, when the show's logo was a gigantic H2$.
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Broadway Abbriviatons #8
Posted: 9/27/10 at 7:29pm
BE (Billy Elliot) is quite annoying because it can really refer to anything, including the word "be".

ROA- Rock of Ages
tos- title of show

Many Rent songs:
SOL- Seasons of Love
TMOLM- Take Me or Leave Me
OSG- One Song Glory

Etc. etc.
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Broadway Abbriviatons #9
Posted: 9/27/10 at 7:29pm
Yankee, I just borrowed that recording from the library 2 days ago. Don't really care for the score.

regarding abbreviations, I can't stand then! I sit here sometimes and can't figure out the show.
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Broadway Abbriviatons #10
Posted: 9/27/10 at 9:09pm
I like the way you've managed to abrIviate the word abrEviate.
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Broadway Abbriviatons #11
Posted: 9/27/10 at 9:16pm
Out of curiosity, Weez, were you going for Cats, Cabaret, Curtains, or Chicago?

Or Company or Contact?
When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad
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Broadway Abbriviatons #12
Posted: 9/27/10 at 10:08pm
I remember someone posting a YAGMCB question.

No one had any idea what she was talking about.

She later clarified: You're A Good Man Charlie Brown


....but the world goes 'round
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Broadway Abbriviatons #13
Posted: 9/27/10 at 10:26pm
qalbinau- What show is the abbreviation "AFTHOTWTTF" for?
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Broadway Abbriviatons #14
Posted: 9/27/10 at 10:29pm
sweetq: a funny thing happened on the way to the forum
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Broadway Abbriviatons #15
Posted: 9/27/10 at 10:29pm
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
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Broadway Abbriviatons #16
Posted: 9/27/10 at 11:26pm
I think it is easier to just say the entire title of the show. It's not that hard. Most of the abbreviations are just annoying and unnecessary.
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Broadway Abbriviatons #17
Posted: 9/28/10 at 12:58am
"Have you seen n2n?"
"What?"
"I mean Next to Normal"

Thank God I've never heard anybody use some of these ridiculous abbreviations in actual conversation. I would have a hard time restraining myself from hitting somebody if they asked me about "n2n."
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Broadway Abbriviatons #18
Posted: 9/28/10 at 1:03am
ADUOWPDUYFHOISOPOGSYOIKJBVDYKJP


The cast was delightful at the stage door.
And no one grew into anything new, we just became the worst of what we were."
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Broadway Abbriviatons #19
Posted: 9/28/10 at 2:09am
T25APCSB, STTDBOFS, KOTSWTM, TMOAS, MWRA, TWRF, LCAF, KMK, C4U

Ugh I think I just threw up a little on that last one
IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...
Updated On: 9/28/10 at 02:09 AM
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Broadway Abbriviatons #20
Posted: 9/28/10 at 3:16am
Promises, Promises = Prom Prom
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Broadway Abbriviatons #21
Posted: 9/28/10 at 3:57am
Erm, Coriolanus, actually. It's been over 70 years since it was last on Broadway, isn't it about time someone revived it?!

Abbreviations are lazy, and irritating for those who have to take time out to work out what you mean. Go on, sacrifice those extra two seconds, and type the whole damn name out, or at least an understandable shortened form (a la Night Music or Spelling Bee). Makes us happier to read your post, and makes you look like less of a buffoon. Win win! :P

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Broadway Abbriviatons #22
Posted: 9/28/10 at 9:39am
What Weez said.

I almost never click on the thread with abbreviated show titles.
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Broadway Abbriviatons #23
Posted: 9/28/10 at 10:42am
I don't understand why you'd type out that acronym for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum when it's much easier to type "...Forum" or "Forum" and everyone knows what show you mean.
When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad
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Broadway Abbriviatons #24
Posted: 9/28/10 at 12:04pm
This thread is more reactionary than logical. The abbreviations that survive are the most logical, expedient and obvious, for the most discussed shows. You won't see TKAI for The King And I, but you'll see tLK for The Lion King. Why? Simply, staying power. Constant exposure, constant discussion leads to a certain amount of ubiquity for a show like Lion King or next to normal. Ubiquity leds to shorthand. In ten years, if the show is still high profile, n2n will still be around. If not, it wont, but we will still have POTO.

And as to the H2$ question, it's not excessively oblique, but it helps to have seen the famous logo, hence the abbreviation How to Succeed remaining more common.