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Successful Shows On Broadway, But Didn't Make It

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To The West End.

Aida
The Color Purple
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Titanic (it was a hit on Broadway right?)
DREAMGIRLS (Please someone put a production on!!)
Memphis
Xanadu
Urinetown
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The Will Rogers Follies
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What about hit shows that flopped in the UK? I know Pippin was brought over in Fosse's production and was something if a massive flop, and Chicago never even came over in Fosse's production (I believe it had a non hit production in the late 70s in London...) Sweeney Todd of course also was a failure original.
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels never transfered.

City of Angels and The Full Monty flopped.

Rent was nowhere near as successful in the UK as on Broadway.

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I didn't realize Full Monty ever even transfered. Rent ran a good three years and made a profit though didn't it?
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The Full Monty played for all of 8 months at The Prince of Wales in 2002, starring Jason Danieley!
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'Rent' ran at a great loss and nowhere near three years.
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'Rent' ran at a great loss and nowhere near three years.
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The original Shaftesbury show ran for 18 months.

Paul Kerryson's hideous tour visited London several times, but that was a Mark Goucher production and again, the money was tight!
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I believe Tommy flopped in the West End as well. And Spamalot didn't do nearly as well as I expected. Did Best Little Whorehouse ever have a West End run?
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'Whorehouse' played Drury Lane for 9 months.
Totally the wrong theatre for such a small show.
It played London with its original Broadway cast.

Brilliant it was too!

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Both Spamalot and The Producers did two and a bit years which while not as long as their Broadway runs is still great, not every show can run as long as Phantom or Les Mis.

Did either show recoup?
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Trivia for the London production of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: Carlin Glynn won an Olivier Award for Best Actress to go along with her Tony for the Broadway production. She was the first performer to win both awards for the same role - and 1 of only 4 whose performances originated in New York.
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Titanic was not a hit on Broadway, it lost a lot of money
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I keep thinking that Best Little Whorehouse could enjoy a lot of success with a small, punchy revival. I'd cast Sally Dexter or Alison Jiear as Miss Mona.
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The Producers and Spamalot both recouped, the former in record time I believe.

I would love to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the West End (with Robert Lindsey in the lead), but I don't think the Broadway production turned a profit. Conversely, I'm glad that The Color Purple never opened here! I think it must be the dullest show Iíve sat through - dreary, bland committee-written score and muddied storytelling that seemed to assume you had already read the book or seen the film.

How did the original London production of A Chorus Line fare at the Lane?

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