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Shows you didn't like at the time... but now adore

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You know the deal. You pay good money to see a show and leave the theater thinking, "Ehhh". But after time passes you realize how good the show is.


When I saw the Nine revival I wasn't overly impressed but I bought the cast recording and absolutely fell in love with the music.

Chicago grew on me over time was well, as did Bat Boy.


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Michael Bennett
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/05
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PLENTY by David Hare.
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Broadway Star
joined:10/20/04
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OverTheBoone
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joined:1/13/06
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A while ago, I was able to see a production of Cats at a theatre not far from where I live (it was a professional theatre...not some kid-production one). When I saw it, I could not stand it. I thought it was really dumb, and throughout the whole thing, I kept waiting for the plot to come in--and it never did. However, a couple months after that, I saw the movie version, and fell in love with it. I think after my initial shock that there wasn't a plot was over, I was able to focus much more on the dancing, music, etc., and it became my favorite musical. It was the first musical that I really became obsessed with, and what led to my love for broadway musicals in general.

I also was kind of freaked out by Rent, and didn't like it a lot at first.
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I saw Rent in 1994 and absolutely hated it, but of course being 9 years old at the time might have had something to do with it re: Shows you didn't like at the time... but now adore
It took me a long time to want to actually see it again but I fortunately saw it last year and have grown to like it now.
Hartt School class of 2010 ;-)
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WithoutATrace
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joined:11/27/04
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Little Women...absolutely hated it the first time, but when I have it a second chance, I enjoyed myself.
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Pippin
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joined:8/3/05
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batboy
woman in white
les miserables
"I'm an American, Damnit!!! And if it's three things I don't believe in, it's quitting and math."
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Company. I disliked it for two reasons: 1) I saw two lousy productions of Company years ago 2) I think I can relate more to Bobby now then when I previously saw Company. I was 18 and 21 years old on the previous two productions and couldn't relate. After seeing the great production in Cincinatti last weekend I have changed my mind and now love the show.
timmmmmmmmmy
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BroadwayBaby6
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I fell asleep years ago during Into The Woods. I have seen it twice since then and liked it a lot more. It is still my least favorite Sondheim score but I do like it.
"It does what a musical is supposed to do; it takes you to another world. And it gives you a little tune to carry in your head. Something to take you away from the dreary horrors of the real world. A little something for when you're feeling blue. You know?"
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I despised The Secret Garden when I saw it. I was bored out of my mind. However, I was young (early teens), and I have recently started listening to the music again. I hope to have a chance to see it again sometime to see if my opinion has changed.
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I also disliked Secret Garden. I barely made it through the first act when I saw the Bway production. Everyone around me seemed to be enjoying themselves and I just couldn't get into it. I will have to get the CD and give it a spin.
timmmmmmmmmy
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zippyjen
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joined:12/9/04
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Phantom of the Opera. I saw it many years ago and just hated it. Maybe i was too young. Anywho, over my christmas break I started listening to the recording and I fell in love with certain songs.
"At the opening night party, they had clowns on stilts, jugglers, a chocolate fountain, popcorn, hot dogs. [My son] looked at me like I had been holding back. Like, 'This is what you do?' I had to tell him, 'No, no, darling. Opening nights don't usually look like this.' It's usually a dark bar with a bottle of vodka." ?Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Jan Maxwell plus i proudly share the title of the shortest member over the age of 10 with wickedrentq!
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joined:2/17/04
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COMPANY. I saw the original Broadway production when I was just 13, and just didn't have the life experience to get it.

CHICAGO. The original Broadway production just left me cold. I saw the production again on tour (actually in Chicago!) and Gwen and Chita had just joined the troubled tour to make sure it got to LA, saw it from the fifth row, and was absolutely dazzled.

CABARET (the film). I just couldn't get over how it was so different than the Broadway show, whose score I loved. Took me a number of viewings to appreciate it on its own terms.
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When I did "The Sound Of Music" at high school, my first thoughts were "I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS I AM SO SICK OF THIS SHOW AFTER HEARING IT SO MANY TIMES I DON'T WANNA DO IT AND" stuff like that. But then I played for the songs with this UNBELIEVABLE CAST of 28, I couldn't believe myself. That, I think, will be the ONLY time I will ever adore that show.
"How could she just suddenly, completely disappear into thin water?" - The Little Mermaid
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carousel- asm'd it in college, hated it, but now is my favorite R & H show.
"I'm an American, Damnit!!! And if it's three things I don't believe in, it's quitting and math."
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Broadway Star
joined:2/21/05
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I had an opposite experience: Cats. I thought I loved it when I was little, and now...I realize I don't. Same with Sweeney Todd, well, hopefully. *please don't kill me for this guys* I saw Sweeney in December, and to tell you the truth, I wasn't that crazy about it. As time goes on, I like it more, but not as much as when you all rave about it. Everytime I see a post from a major Sweeney lover, I think, "Am I missing something?" Maybe I didn't let it sink in, I was sick the day I saw it. So I don't know, maybe I'll just see it again *jumps at the chance to see another Broadway show, no matter what it is!* :)
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A New Brain. But I think I was too young to appreciate it at the time.
There's always room for pathos - and jazz hands.
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-Les Miserables
-Carousel
-Wicked (don't yell at me!)
-Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (don't yell at me)
-Thoroughly Modern Millie
Jack: For your information, most people who meet me do not know that I am gay. Will: Jack, blind and deaf people know you're gay. Dead people know you're gay. Jack: Grace, when you first met me, did you know I was gay? Grace: My dog knew.
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Rent. When I first saw it I couldn't understand what was going on and I thought it was too loud. The only thing I got out of it was a headache. I left the theatre thinking "well, there's one musical I'll never see again."

But... I'd been given the cast recording for my birthday so I figured I might as well listen to it, otherwise it'd be a waste of money. And it grew on me, to the point where I've seen the show multiple times and am a total Renthead.