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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#1
Posted: 8/15/20 at 12:57am

Dot and that mechanical pop open costume at the beginning of the original production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#2
Posted: 8/15/20 at 2:00am
Annaleigh Ashford in Sunday In The Park With George.
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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#3
Posted: 8/15/20 at 8:37am
I thought Annaleigh was wonderful.
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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#4
Posted: 8/15/20 at 8:39am
I love that magic dress.
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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#5
Posted: 8/15/20 at 8:46am

TotallyEffed said: "I love that magic dress."

"You Can Be As Loud As The Hell You Want (When You're Making Love)" from Avenue Q, although I think it's intentionally supposed to be over the top and cringy.

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#6
Posted: 8/15/20 at 8:55am

morosco said: "Dot and that mechanical pop open costumeat the beginning of the original production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE."

How the hell is this effect cringeworthy?  It’s one helluva innovative on-stage costume change:

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#7
Posted: 8/15/20 at 8:56am

The witch levitation in the original Into the Woods

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#8
Posted: 8/15/20 at 11:30am

Jessie Mueller and Andy Karl’s yellow face makeup in Drood :|

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#9
Posted: 8/15/20 at 11:43am
The baby being thrown off the train in Bright Star.
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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#10
Posted: 8/15/20 at 12:53pm

Laurapattifan said: "The baby being thrown off the train in Bright Star."

I second that it was a cringer --  we also knew it was coming for most of the show -- but I disagree that it was a great show.  I actually enjoyed it, but thought that it was pretty mediocre.

Probably a minority opinion, but I thought A Sentimental man was a cringer in Wicked.  

The Midas Touch in Bells Are Ringing.

For me. Little Lamb in Gypsy.  I know it has a purpose, but that does not keep me from cringing every time I see Gypsy.

In the musical Sound of Music, not the movie, Maria and Mother Abbess singing My Favorite Things has always made me cringe.

In the original SITPWG, the Chromulume scene in Act 2 made me cringe.

 

 

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#11
Posted: 8/15/20 at 1:06pm

An audience member's ringing phone they refuse to address.

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#12
Posted: 8/15/20 at 1:19pm
Community theatre productions of the Wizard of Oz where the Tin Man pumps his elbows and goes “Toot Toot,” because they wanted the moment where he spouts steam but couldn’t afford a special effect.
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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#13
Posted: 8/15/20 at 2:15pm

"I Shall Scream" from Oliver!  Much of Oliver! is cringe camp for me, but that's the only one that makes me physically cringe when I hear it come on.

 

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#14
Posted: 8/15/20 at 2:40pm

The original "Vietnamese" lyrics in Miss Saigon that were just gibberish.

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#15
Posted: 8/15/20 at 2:41pm

iluvtheatertrash said: "I thought Annaleigh was wonderful. "

She was. Absolutely no discussion with that one .

When Jim Parson's character gets drunk and then racist in The Boys in the Band. Not knowing a thing about this show beforehand, it was very cringe. 

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#16
Posted: 8/15/20 at 4:28pm

I hate the Eliza gasp. 

I really hate it. 

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#17
Posted: 8/15/20 at 4:47pm

'The Mysterious Orient' part of "The Five-Fifteen" and "Hominy Grits" from Grey Gardens

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#18
Posted: 8/15/20 at 4:49pm

blaxx said: "Annaleigh Ashford in Sunday In The Park With George."

#truth

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#19
Posted: 8/15/20 at 4:52pm

aimeric said: ""I Shall Scream" fromOliver! Much of Oliver! iscringe camp for me, but that's the only one that makes me physically cringe when I hear it come on.

"

I was going to mention this exact song!
Also, in Mean Girls, the line from “Stop” that turns child p*** into a punch line...... The whole audience was visibly uncomfortable when that happened... 

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#20
Posted: 8/15/20 at 5:15pm

Tag said: "blaxx said: "Annaleigh Ashford in Sunday In The Park With George."

#truth
"

#sotrue   

She completely ruined an otherwise good production.

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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#21
Posted: 8/15/20 at 5:20pm
I wouldn’t go far to say she completely ruined it but it was a very disappointing performance for me given the standards set by Bernadette, the surely countless alternatives available and everything else that was good about that production.
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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#22
Posted: 8/15/20 at 6:38pm
That dress was great
So was Annaleigh
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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#23
Posted: 8/15/20 at 7:03pm
The Prom when Barry said d*ke after “Changing Lives Reprise.” I love the show but that moment??? Unnecessary.
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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#24
Posted: 8/15/20 at 10:13pm

AlexxGee said: "The Prom when Barry said d*ke after “Changing Lives Reprise.” I love the show but that moment??? Unnecessary."

I wouldn't call Mean Girls a "great show" in the same sense of others on this list, but it does the same thing - in one of the only songs I can listen to from the show, "World Burn," the entire ENSEMBLE screams the word when reading from the Burn Book.  It's not a great moment for the show, and I always mute my speaker for that one second when I listen to the song.  It's also pretty egregious considering they changed the line in that same song where Regina calls herself a sl*t, supposedly because it was "too offensive," although I think it's just because of the rhyme with "Regina is a fugly cow/Hey Cady, how ya like me now".

"It's you." "It's me. Orpheus." "Eurydice..." *crying*
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Cringe moments in otherwise great shows#25
Posted: 8/16/20 at 2:32am

qolbinau said: "I wouldn’t go far to say she completely ruined it but it was a very disappointing performance for me given the standards set by Bernadette, the surely countless alternatives available and everything else that was good about that production. "

Not only her, but Jenna Russell was stunning too. Ashford was a disgrace compared to the first two.

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