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Do You Prefer Sad Endings or Happy Endings? What Musical's Endings are PERFECT and which ones do you HATE? Tonight on the Bway Internet Radio Talk Show

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Hello all! I want to personally invite you all to join us tonight on "Broadway and More" the Internet Radio Talk Show devoted to All Things Broadway, we'll be discussing the Ends of Musicals and whether you prefer the happy ones or the sad and tragic ones.

What musicals have PERFECT endings? Which endings do you wish you could CHANGE? And in what way would you change those endings? What endings do you HATE? Are there any musicals that you decided you don't like BECAUSE of the ending? Are there any musicals that you decided you LIKED because of the endings?

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perfect endings? PASSIOOOON! best ending ever. makes me cry every single time. and ending that i didn't really like.... ehh not sure about that one.
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I don't like musicals that end not on a climax, I mean like, it just sort of ends. A musical needs a great last number just like it needs a great first number. I don't know which i perfer a Happy ending or a Sad ending...I guess it depends on the show really.
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I think PHANTOM has a perfect ending. I would not change a thing!
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Corine- if you are there, so am I! Here I come........re: Do You Prefer Sad Endings or Happy Endings?  What Musical's Endings are
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More sad than happy, usually. Not really SAD SAD, but sort of contemplative and reflective. That can also be happy, though. So in short, SERIOUS happy endings, like:

Sunday in the Park With George
The Light in the Piazza
Nine
Hair
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I will be there tonight.
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Tragic, horrid endings!! MWAHAHA! ala Sweeney Todd and Cabaret and The Pillowman- I'll be listening in!
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I am such a theater queen.
I love happy and sad endings.
Tune into Henry. Same bat channel.
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I am listening to the music on the player now- this makes up for me not having Sirius radio and the Broadway channel
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Phantom has an amazing ending.

Pippin's ending needs a serious writing change. I've read about a change made where the young boy sings Corner of the Sky and joins the leading player. That sounds like a good rewrite.

I love Sweeney's Ending.

I love Into The Wood's Ending.
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SPOILER...SPOILER...SPOILER




OK, I love Rent. But after Angel's death is handled so beautifully, we get Mimi's miraculous, instant, and complete recovery: WORST...ENDING...EVER!
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yes i agree chris. Especially since the stry that it was based upon didn't turn out that way. it would have been so nicely heart wrenching if she'd died. too bad it turned out corny.
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My favourite endings are Sound of Music, Hairspray and Grease... Carousel, was a good musical but sad.
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DRS!!!!!!!!!!! How can you hate that twist? And The Dirty Rotten Number just rocks. It is such a feel good ending, even if they were just screwed for 50 thousand. Oh yeah, I'm listening to the show.
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I'm sure this has been talked to death, but I don't think it's the fact that Mimi comes back to life at the end of Rent that turns people off from the ending. It's the way in which it's presented -- the "leap of MOOOOOOOO" or the melodramatic hand twitch in the movie -- that makes people, including myself, not care for it.
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I like both type of endings. Phantom has a great ending, I guess you could call it sad if you pull for the phantom, but then you see the mask, and you're just like, you sly dog! Miss Saigon has such a sad ending, but it's fitting. I like shows that end big!! CATS (the first show I ever saw, so I have to love it) has one of the best endings, big, loud, entire cast, love it!. Ragtime has a great ending. Urinetown is hilarious, Batboy was cool, my schools theatre department did a production and on opening night, when they reveal who Batboy's parents are, and then he gets murdered there were a lot of Holy S***'s and WTFs yelled out in the theatre. Hairspray ends with great energy, I like that. Into the Woods always has me crying. I actually like the end of Act I in Les Mis better than the end of Act II...and I could keep going...
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I want to thank you ALL for such great input for this subject and tonight's theme. I read almost ALL of your posts on the air tonight and gave you all credit for writing them. I hope you guys will consider calling into the show in the future. You all had such incredible ideas and things to say and I know you'd all be a great addition to the show's discussions.

I'll try to read the remainder of the posts that didn't get read tonight at some point next week. Unfortunately some of you posted after we did our last check of this thread and as we reached the end of our broadcast.

Thanks again! And if ANY of you want to discuss your posts on the air - I had a lot of questions I'd love to ask you guys, so let me know and we can have you on during a future show.

Keep well.

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ok well this is my cue to defend RENT as usual! =) RENT's ending is fine, but a bad Mimi can ruin in. The effective way is Mimi does NOT MAKE a full instant recovery...on the contrary, she is very week and disorientated when she "wakes up" and the audience is not supposed to think Mimi is going to live forever...but the point of the ending is Mimi had that ONE more moment...for all we know, she dies 10 minutes after the curtain call. Jonathan knew wha the was doing and defended his choice because RENT is about life, not death. Angels death was enough tragedy, and Mimi dying would have TOTALLY gone AGAINST the entire 'no day but today' theme of the show.

So sorry I missed tonights call in, I always seem to be busy on Sunday but I LOVED the couple times I was on air! Henry you are wonderful =)
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