A thread devoted to those wonderful musicals we call flops that appear on our stages for a brief moment but are always with us because some clever person got them into the recording studio! A big 'thanks' to all of them! "Oh Dear! What A Carrie' On' comes from the late theatre critic Jack Tinker. After seeing the opening night of 'Carrie-The Musical' in Stratford this was the wonderful headline to his review the following day! I know 'Carrie' isnt on CD but i also know that there are thousands of CDs of it out there if you know where to look!
'SOMEONE LIKE YOU' By and Staring Petula Clark Strand Theatre, now The Novello March 22nd 1994 for far too long! (87 perfs) Someone should have told poor Pet that the UK theatre going audience had no interested in the American civil war. The amazing thing is it took 13 years for the CD to be released.
'MR AND MRS' Palace Theatre London Opened Dec 11th 1968 Closed Jan 18th 1969 5 weeks John Neville, Honor Blackman and Hylda Baker Ran for just 44 perfs *not on CD but i paid £35 for the LP a few years ago.
'MADDIE' Lyric Theatre London Opened 29th Sept 1997 Closed 11th Nov 1997 5 weeks Ran for 41 perfs. Dreadful production that should never have been given a West End home. Had the wonderful Lynda Baron (the nurse in Open All Hours) as its saving grace. I saw it with an audience of just 19! London Cast Recording only.
'70, GIRLS 70' Vaudeville Theatre, London Opened 13th June 1991 Closed 21st Sept 1991 13 weeks Ran for 87 perfs. One of Kander and Ebbs least successful musicals running longer in London than its Broadway version (67 perfs) A Cast Recording was made of both US and UK productions
'PERSONALS' Apollo Theatre, London Opened 14th June 2000 Closed 29th July 2000 6 weeks Ran for 6 weeks. Some great numbers in this great little show. London Cast Recording only.
'IM GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER AND TAKING IT ON THE ROAD' Apollo Theatre, London Opened 31st March 1981 Closed 23rd May 1981 7 weeks Ran for 53 perfs. Vehicle for Diane Langton that produced one number that crops up now and again -'Old Friend' 80mins! No interval! and i still fell asleep. London West End and Off Broadway Cast Recordings
'PIPPIN' ran on Broadway for over 5 years and produced an album that must be owned by every musical theatre lover. .....but when it arrived in London it only managed a brief run of 85 performances at Her Majestys from Oct 30th 1973.
'FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON" Queens Theatre, London Opened 14th June 1979 Closed 15th July 1979 4 weeks Ran for 29 perfs. Before Michael Crawford had a rat run over his shoulder in 'The Woman In White' he was doing the same with a mouse 26 years earlier! London Cast Recording made.
Isn't that 70 Girls 70 logo a bit of a cheat- that wasn't the London logo was it? I saw the show- I love the song Emma Finch- better than Coffee in a Cardboard Cup, which has tended to survive the show more. Incidentally, the show featured one of my favourite Vaudeville jokes: the nun and the blind man..
And don't forget the glorious 7 weeks of 'The Hunting of the Snark'- one of the most unfairly savaged shows of the last 20 years. And here's Jae Alexander- just for Wicked!
And the flying boat...
'THE GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS' Prince Of Wales Theatre, London Opened 20th Dec 1972 Closed 12th June 1973 Ran for 309 perf. Maybe not a flop but always played to empty houses and Anthony Newley, the shows star and composer, just kept putting money into it. London cast Recording.
Murderous Instincts So bad it was bad. SAVOY THEATRE Opened Oct 7th 2004 Closed Oct 16th 17 perfs
'THE BAKERS WIFE' Phoenix Theatre, London. Opened 27th Nov 1989 Closed 6th Jan 1990 6 weeks Ran for 64 perfs. The show that gave us 'Meadowlark' Has flopped whenever its been staged. US Cast Recording with Patti LuPone and Original London Cast CDs available.
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