Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#1
Posted: 12/2/18 at 6:08pm

What are some shows that you consider to be mediocre/ bad/ even terrible that have had a a number or two that have struck you as been good or great? Here is my most recent example to get us started...

- Pretty Woman - You And I (the entire opera scene): While I enjoyed this show more than most, there is no denying that the show is far from perfect. However, I found this particular song and scene to be stunning. A great song (easily the best in the show) with great staging.

 

 

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#2
Posted: 12/2/18 at 6:16pm

Agreed that the opera scene is the best part of Pretty Woman. It almost felt like they had a completely different team come in for that one scene, since it stood out as so good compared to the rest of the show.

One that comes to mind: I thought Prince of Broadway was generally terrible, but I still think about Tony Yazbeck's thrilling take on "The Right Girl."

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#3
Posted: 12/2/18 at 6:19pm
Rose’s turn from Gypsy.
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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#4
Posted: 12/2/18 at 6:24pm

BroadwayConcierge said: "Agreed that the opera scene is the best part of Pretty Woman. It almost felt like they had a completely different team come in for that one scene, since it stood out as so good compared to the rest of the show.

One that comes to mind: I thoughtPrince of Broadwaywas generally terrible, but I still think about Tony Yazbeck's thrilling take on "The Right Girl."
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It really did feel like there a different team working on that number, because it was SO great. Sadly, I saw Yazbek's understudy when I saw Prince of Broadway, but I heard nothing but great things about Yazbek. I loved him in both On The Town and Finding Neverland.

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#5
Posted: 12/2/18 at 6:36pm

i despise be more chill but smartphone hour, michael in the bathroom, and more than survive are songs that are so catchy. 

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#6
Posted: 12/2/18 at 7:00pm

I recently read the libretto to BALLROOM and, woof, was that a terrible book. 

 

However, I still think "Fifty Percent" is one of the greatest ballads in musical theatre.

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#7
Posted: 12/2/18 at 7:26pm

"Nobody" from BANDSTAND

"Almost Like Being in Love" from BRIGADOON (Sorry...)

"I Decided to Marry You" from GENTLEMEN'S GUIDE

"Find Your Grail" from SPAMALOT

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#8
Posted: 12/2/18 at 7:35pm
Beat me Daddy Eight to the Bar - Big Deal
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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#9
Posted: 12/2/18 at 8:14pm

'Til I Hear You Sing, Love Never Dies

I personally actually really enjoy the show; I saw the national tour a few nights ago and was just floored by it. It's such a spectacle, and the cast was incredible. Say what you want about the plot, though. I understand why people, especially longtime POTO fans hate this show as much as they do. That's just me.

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#10
Posted: 12/2/18 at 9:41pm

"As If We Never Said Goodbye" in Sunset Boulevard

 

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#11
Posted: 12/2/18 at 9:44pm

It Shoulda Been You has a couple of bangers. Immediately coming to mind are "Back in the Day", "Albert's Turn", and the title song, which includes one of my favorite lyrics:

Even just to know you tried'll

Make me feel less suicidal

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#12
Posted: 12/2/18 at 9:45pm
"Fight the Dragons", "Be The Hero" and "How It Ends" from Big Fish
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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#13
Posted: 12/2/18 at 10:05pm
On the other side of the coin, COME FROM AWAY is an excellent show with a score that was merely serviceable.
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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#14
Posted: 12/2/18 at 10:31pm
“With You” from Ghost. I don’t HATE the show but I have a lot of problems with it (haven’t seen it since the first Broadway preview) but dammit, that is one of my favorite musical theatre songs.
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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#15
Posted: 12/2/18 at 10:38pm

"Once Upon a Time" from Brooklyn

"Astonishing" and "Some Things Are Meant to be" from Little Women

"Give It Up" from Lysistrata Jones

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#16
Posted: 12/2/18 at 11:20pm
“Always Starting Over” from If/Then

“Neverland” and the reprise from Finding Neverland

“No One Else” from Great Comet
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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#17
Posted: 12/2/18 at 11:55pm

"Dancin' In The Devil's Shoes" - Leap of Faith

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#18
Posted: 12/3/18 at 12:03am

"Raining" - Rocky

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#19
Posted: 12/3/18 at 12:08am

Wholeheartedly endorse a lot that's already been posted, but I'll add:

"It's Your Wedding Day" from THE WEDDING SINGER

"We'll Take a Glass Together" from GRAND HOTEL (a score which I have come to appreciate a LOT more since last year's wonderful ENCORES production)

....and let me just agree that GHOST's "With You" really IS a great theatre song.

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#20
Posted: 12/3/18 at 12:22am
The license plate number from CRY-BABY.
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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#21
Posted: 12/3/18 at 12:23am

Keala Settle's song Joy of the Lord in Hands on a Hardbody. 

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#22
Posted: 12/3/18 at 10:32am

Poor Little Person - Henry Sweet Henry

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#23
Posted: 12/3/18 at 10:43am

^ That was my very first thought as well, Kad.

How Now, Dow Jones has Step to the Rear and the truly delightful Gawk, Tousle and Shucks. 

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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#24
Posted: 12/3/18 at 11:09am
I Want More from Lestat
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Great Numbers in Mediocre/ Bad Shows#25
Posted: 12/3/18 at 11:12am

ijest22 said: "I Want More from Lestat"

Don't we all!

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