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Shortest running shows ever to hit Broadway

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If you recall, a few weeks ago I posted a list of the longest running Broadway shows and promised to follow up with a list of the shows with the shortest runs. It turns out, there have been a LOT of really terrible shows with incredibly short runs. Here are my top picks:

10. High Fidelity

You've seen the movie, right? Well, this is a musical based on the novel upon which the movie is based. It should have been good, but it makes the top ten shortest runs on my list, as it closed in December 2006 after only 14 regular performances and 18 previews.

9. Elling

Elling was a play based on a Norwegian film of the same name, starring Brendan Fraser and Denis O'Hare. The story is of two mismatched roommates, ala "The Odd Couple." Despite a situation that's ripe with comedy, the play closed after only nine regular performances.

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Radio City Music Hall--An NYC must-see!

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On a recent trip to New York with my mom, we ended up focusing a lot on Radio City Music Hall and the surrounding area, and I realized what an amazing place it really is. As a historical NYC landmark, you definitely need to see it at some point in your life. Don't know where to start or what to do? Check out a few suggestions here.

Radio City Stage Door Tour
These half-hour tours take place most days during the late morning/early afternoon. They take you through the gorgeous lobbies (and even a few bathroom antechambers), the room where they throw parties for celebrities that entertain at the hall, and if you're lucky you might even get to go underneath the stage to see how all of the hydraulics work (during our visit Cirque du Soleil - Zarkana was there, but we still got to watch a sweet video). Oh, and you also get to meet a real live Rockette at the end! Very cool.

Cirque du Soleil - Zarkana
Speaking of Zarkana, if you get the chance to go to NYC in the next few months you should definitely check it out. The show includes breath-taking and very complicated stunts, many of which made me very nervous but also very impressed. The story line can be hard to follow unless you pay close attention, but I just let the whole spectacle wash over me and took away feelings instead of thoughts. If you're a Cirque fan, this is a great option.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
If you haven't heard of this, you've clearly been living under a rock for the last 75 years. I went to this last December, and it was amazing. The Rockettes are every bit as awesome as you've heard, and the show utilizes the moving stage pieces to its advantage, including a turntable in the center of the stage, raised sections, and more. If you can't make it to NYC for the holidays, there is also a touring show that hits multiple cities every year, which will give you a small taste of the Spectacular.

Liz and giant dog

Other Attractions Nearby
You'll have to venture out between the tour and the show, so why not hit some nearby spots? On this particular trip, we visited Rockefeller Center, which is pretty any time of year; Central Park for some hot dogs and ice cream while relaxing on the grass; and FAO Schwartz, which has some of the craziest and largest toys you could ever imagine. Don't forget to just wander the city...you never know what little spot you'll find.

 

From the screen to the stage: 5 upcoming movie musicals

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I’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about upcoming musicals that have been adapted from movies, including Bring it On and Rocky. So I thought I’d do some do some research and give you five upcoming projects, and how well I think they will do.

The Nutty Professor: The Musical

The latest news: This one is still in the early stages, and I can’t find too much info on it. But rumor has it that Jerry Lewis himself is bringing the show to Broadway, and musical legend Marvin Hamlisch (one of the few EGOT winners) has written almost 20 songs for the project.

How it'll do: Taking into account the great popularity of the movie (and its remake) and the star power involved, this could be amazing. Of course, those are also the same things Spider-Man had going for it, and look what happened to that.

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2011 Tony Award winners

I just finished watching the 65th annual Tony Awards, and it was a great show. Host Neil Patrick Harris was hilarious and entertaining as always, even taking one 30 second interval to make as many jokes about "Spider-Man" as he could. All of the musical numbers were amazing, and Nikki M. James' acceptance speech almost made me cry; she was so excited! Also, you need to watch Mark Rylance's acceptance speech. It's...indescribable.

But the most important thing is, now we can figure out who won the Tony predictions war, me or Colin! Here are the results:

Best Play

  • What Colin predicted: War Horse
  • What Liz predicted: War Horse
  • Who actually won: War Horse

Best Musical

  • What Colin predicted: The Book of Mormon
  • What Liz predicted: The Book of Mormon
  • Who actually won: The Book of Mormon

Best Book of a Musical

  • What Colin predicted: The Scottsboro Boys
  • What Liz predicted: The Book of Mormon
  • Who actually won: The Book of Mormon

Best Original Score

  • What Colin predicted: The Scottsboro Boys
  • What Liz predicted: The Book of Mormon
  • Who actually won: The Book of Mormon
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How to ensure a musical doesn't get to Broadway…

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In light of the Spider-Man implosion now gracing Broadway, it's worth taking a bit to wonder "How did Spider-Man ever even make it to Broadway?" The history of musical theater is awash with better shows that didn't make it to Broadway, for one reason or another. (Why Spider-Man got lucky is a whole other question…)

What might prevent a musical from gracing a Broadway stage?

"BAD SUBJECT MATTER…"

One of the top ways to kill off a musical is to make it about something distasteful or musically inappropriate.

Consider Prettybelle (1971) - "a lively tale of rape and resurrection" - with book and lyrics by Bob Merrill (who wrote the music and lyrics for Carnival, as well as other pop songs in the 1950's) and music by Jule Styne (Gypsy, Bells Are Ringing, and many other Broadway hits).

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