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8th Jul '15 6:42:35 PM SwimToTheMoon
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** The current version of ''Theatre/CrissAngelBelieve''. The first version was poorly received, but it has its fans. In 2010, he dropped the acrobatics and storyline, and reduced it to a lame-ass stand-up comedy show with one dance act and lame tricks that can be seen at an elementary school talent show -- doves appear from his jacket and so forth. Worse, there's ''still'' a hideous amount of SpecialEffectsFailure (wire harnesses visible, trapdoors obvious), and he often makes racist remarks and embarrasses people in the audience (but not in the traditional Cirque way, where the poor bastard still has fun regardless). It's baffling that it bears the Cirque namesake now; it only continues to run because of the 10-year contract Angel signed with the Luxor resort.
27th Jun '15 10:46:35 PM toonyloon
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** The current version of ''Theatre/CrissAngelBelieve''. The first version was poorly received, but it has its fans. In 2010, he dropped the acrobatics and storyline, and reduced it to a lame-ass stand-up comedy show with one dance act and lame tricks that can be seen at an elementary school talent show -- doves appear from his jacket and so forth. Worse, there's ''still'' a hideous amount of SpecialEffectsFailure (wire harnesses visible, trapdoors obvious), and he often makes racist remarks and embarrasses people in the audience (but not in the traditional Cirque way, where the poor bastard still has fun regardless). It's baffling that it bears the Cirque namesake now; it only continues to run because of the 10-year contract Angel signed with the Luxor resort.
25th Apr '15 12:49:37 AM InTheGallbladder
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* Joe Brooks' ''In My Life'' was a mercifully short lived Broadway musical, and his last before the legal troubles hit him later in his life. The show concerned a man with Tourette's Syndrome and a brain tumor. Supporting characters included his bike-riding dead sister and a guardian angel, who was a transvestite. The show was rife with UnfortunateImplications and disgustingly corny boy-band ballads, painful dialogue and disgusting attempts to turn the subject matter into a happy-go-lucky matter (a sample lyric: ''"Here's a little rumour/Someone's got a tumor"''). To make things worse, there were nonsensical amounts of MindScrew, including a character who collects dolls made out of seashells and eats gummy bears for breakfast, and a finale featuring a giant lemon. Your [[YourHeadAsplode head will explode]] trying to make sense of the thing. The show opened to critical and audience slamming, making it to the top spot of many "Worst Musicals of the year" list, and no one was sorry when it was closed down due to disastrous reception after a month.

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* Joe Brooks' ''In My Life'' was a mercifully short lived Broadway musical, musical. It was his first work in over 15 years, and his last work before the legal troubles hit him later in his life.2011 suicide over rape charges. The show concerned a man with Tourette's Syndrome and a brain tumor. Supporting characters included his bike-riding dead sister and a guardian angel, who was a transvestite. The show was rife with UnfortunateImplications and disgustingly corny boy-band ballads, painful dialogue and disgusting attempts to turn the subject matter into a happy-go-lucky matter (a sample lyric: ''"Here's a little rumour/Someone's got a tumor"''). To make things worse, there were nonsensical amounts of MindScrew, including a character who collects dolls made out of seashells and eats gummy bears for breakfast, and a finale featuring a giant lemon. Your [[YourHeadAsplode head will explode]] trying to make sense of the thing. The show opened to critical and audience slamming, making it to the top spot of many "Worst Musicals of the year" list, and no one was sorry when it was closed down due to disastrous reception after a month.
31st Dec '14 11:27:49 PM erforce
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* ''Film/BillAndTed's Halloween Adventure'' is part of Ride/UniversalStudios' ''Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights'' theme event. The play typically features Bill and Ted going on some comic adventure that's ostensibly in line with either Halloween or the Universal stable; for the 2013 production at the Hollywood park, this was Bill and Ted being whisked away to Oz.[[note]]For what it's worth, the Orlando show wasn't nearly as Horrible, owing to different creative teams at the two parks. (It was themed around the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' remake and a BrainwashedAndCrazy Music/TaylorSwift creating a Deadite army out of teen pop stars.)[[/note]] It was also outstandingly horrible. The humor involved would be one level of it, as most of it is made up of tired pop-culture references the likes of which might make Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg feel some modicum of shame.\\\

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* ''Film/BillAndTed's Halloween Adventure'' is part of Ride/UniversalStudios' ''Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights'' theme event. The play typically features Bill and Ted going on some comic adventure that's ostensibly in line with either Halloween or the Universal stable; for the 2013 production at the Hollywood park, this was Bill and Ted being whisked away to Oz.[[note]]For what it's worth, the Orlando show wasn't nearly as Horrible, owing to different creative teams at the two parks. (It was themed around the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' ''Film/EvilDead2013'' remake and a BrainwashedAndCrazy Music/TaylorSwift creating a Deadite army out of teen pop stars.)[[/note]] It was also outstandingly horrible. The humor involved would be one level of it, as most of it is made up of tired pop-culture references the likes of which might make Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg feel some modicum of shame.\\\
19th Nov '14 9:37:40 AM dmcreif
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Theater is a hard art form to pull off. If done well, it comes off as enjoyable and masterfully done. Then there's the examples which wouldn't meet the standards of the least competent high schools.

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Theater is a hard art form to pull off. If done well, it comes off as enjoyable and masterfully done. Then there's the examples which wouldn't meet the standards of the least competent high schools.
schools, and are of such bad quality that you'd think they were made by the main characters of ''Film/TheProducers'' as an intentional flop to cash in on a money-making scheme.
7th Oct '14 8:05:54 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Film/BillAndTed's Halloween Adventure'' is part of Ride/UniversalStudios' ''Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights'' theme event. The play typically features Bill and Ted going on some comic adventure that's ostensibly in line with either Halloween or the Universal stable; for the 2013 production at the Hollywood park, this was Bill and Ted being whisked away to Oz.[[note]]For what it's worth, the Orlando show wasn't nearly as Horrible, owing to different creative teams at the two parks; maybe Hollywood should take cues from Orlando in 2014. (It was themed around the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' remake and a BrainwashedAndCrazy Music/TaylorSwift creating a Deadite army out of teen pop stars.)[[/note]] It was also outstandingly horrible. The humor involved would be one level of it, as most of it is made up of tired pop-culture references the likes of which might make Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg feel some modicum of shame.\\\

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* ''Film/BillAndTed's Halloween Adventure'' is part of Ride/UniversalStudios' ''Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights'' theme event. The play typically features Bill and Ted going on some comic adventure that's ostensibly in line with either Halloween or the Universal stable; for the 2013 production at the Hollywood park, this was Bill and Ted being whisked away to Oz.[[note]]For what it's worth, the Orlando show wasn't nearly as Horrible, owing to different creative teams at the two parks; maybe Hollywood should take cues from Orlando in 2014.parks. (It was themed around the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' remake and a BrainwashedAndCrazy Music/TaylorSwift creating a Deadite army out of teen pop stars.)[[/note]] It was also outstandingly horrible. The humor involved would be one level of it, as most of it is made up of tired pop-culture references the likes of which might make Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg feel some modicum of shame.\\\
7th Oct '14 8:04:17 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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What truly pushed it over the edge, however, was how it dove into material that could be deemed ridden with UnfortunateImplications if one thought the writers had the subtlety to "imply" anything. It included: Superman getting hit with "pixie dust" and turning into a CampGay stereotype, making Bill and Ted uncomfortable before he leaves the stage to submit to the whims of a similarly fey Creator/GeorgeTakei; [[UsefulNotes/NorthKorea Kim Jong-un]] [[AsianSpeekeeEngrish mixing up his "L"s and "R"s]]; [[Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy Ron Burgundy]] making comparisons between Munchkin Land, "a very colorful place full of lots of unemployed people who barely speak English," and Van Nuys; and the strong implication that WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph is [[BlackComedyRape going to rape]] an unconscious Music/NickiMinaj. ''Vice'' magazine [[http://www.vice.com/read/the-bill-and-ted-show-at-universal-studios-is-super-homophobic-and-also-racist-and-terrible wrote a scathing article about the production]], and coincidentally enough, [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/universal-studios-shuts-down-bill-and-ted-show-aft,104691/ Universal decided to pull the show a few days later.]]

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What truly pushed it over the edge, however, was how it dove into material that could be deemed ridden with UnfortunateImplications if one thought the writers had the subtlety to "imply" anything. It included: Superman getting hit with "pixie dust" and turning into a CampGay stereotype, making Bill and Ted uncomfortable before he leaves the stage to submit to the whims of a similarly fey Creator/GeorgeTakei; [[UsefulNotes/NorthKorea Kim Jong-un]] [[AsianSpeekeeEngrish mixing up his "L"s and "R"s]]; [[Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy Ron Burgundy]] making comparisons between Munchkin Land, "a very colorful place full of lots of unemployed people who barely speak English," and Van Nuys; and the strong implication that WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph is [[BlackComedyRape going to rape]] an unconscious Music/NickiMinaj. ''Vice'' magazine [[http://www.vice.com/read/the-bill-and-ted-show-at-universal-studios-is-super-homophobic-and-also-racist-and-terrible wrote a scathing article about the production]], and coincidentally enough, [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/universal-studios-shuts-down-bill-and-ted-show-aft,104691/ Universal decided to pull the show a few days later.]]]] The ''Bill & Ted'' show for the following year's HHN Hollywood event was likewise canceled[[note]]Though, again, it went on as usual in Orlando[[/note]].
6th Sep '14 4:39:03 PM ILoveDogs
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* Possibly the worst act in the history of show business was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_Sisters Cherry Sisters]], who created a routine of morality skits and songs intended to be variously patriotic and uplifting, called "Something Good, Something Sad". The sad part, to which the sisters were oblivious, is they had no talent whatsoever. While their neighbors in Marion, Iowa, received them politely, the rest of Iowa and the Midwest thought otherwise, and hurled voluminous amounts of rotten produce and eggs, plus the occasional hard object, at the sisters. After one of them was sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher, theater managers interposed a wire mesh curtain between the Cherries and their audience. Despite universally bad reviews, the sisters firmly believed that the fault was neither in their stars nor themselves, but in their detractors, whom the sisters thought could not appreciate wholesome entertainment. In 1896, Oscar Hammerstein I booked the sisters to play his new Olympia Music Hall in New York City, which was not doing well due to poor location. According to ''Variety'', he did so because he reasoned that if he couldn't draw crowds with the best acts, he would try his luck with the worst. For several weeks, the Cherry Sisters played to packed houses. They continued to ignore bad reviews (which now included ''The New York Times'') and thrown objects, declaring that if so many people came to see them they must be the best act in the country. After this engagement, the sisters returned to Iowa and to savage audiences and reviewers alike. After newspapers all over Iowa reprinted a particularly nasty item from the ''Odebolt Chronicle'' in 1898 which began by describing the Cherry Sisters' physical appearance in unflattering terms, the sisters sued that paper and the ''Des Moines Register'' for libel. The trial included a performance of the act, and judgment was given in favor of the defending newspapers. Undaunted, the sisters appealed, and on May 28, 1901, the Iowa Supreme Court delivered a stinging rebuke to the sisters. This ruling is cited to this day as a major precedent in cases involving theatrical and other critics. Despite losing their suit, the Cherries continued to perform until one of them suddenly died in 1903. ''Variety'' described them as "the worst act in America". Mercifully, none of the sisters married or had children, and the only sound recording of one of the sisters vanished decades ago. For the next fifty years, vaudevillians and others would describe a bad act as "a road company of the Cherry Sisters".

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* Possibly the worst act in the history of show business was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_Sisters Cherry Sisters]], who created a routine of morality skits and songs intended to be variously patriotic and uplifting, called "Something Good, Something Sad". The sad part, to which the sisters were oblivious, is they had no talent whatsoever. While their neighbors in Marion, Iowa, received them politely, the rest of Iowa and the Midwest thought otherwise, and hurled voluminous amounts of rotten produce and eggs, plus the occasional hard object, at the sisters. After one of them was sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher, theater managers interposed a wire mesh curtain between the Cherries and their audience. Despite universally bad reviews, the sisters firmly believed that the fault was neither in their stars nor themselves, but in their detractors, whom the sisters thought could not appreciate wholesome entertainment. In 1896, Oscar Hammerstein I booked the sisters to play his new Olympia Music Hall in New York City, which was not doing well due to poor location. According to ''Variety'', he did so because he reasoned that if he couldn't draw crowds with the best acts, he would try his luck with the worst. For several weeks, the Cherry Sisters played to packed houses. They continued to ignore bad reviews (which now included ''The New York Times'') and thrown objects, declaring that if so many people came to see them they must be the best act in the country. After this engagement, the sisters returned to Iowa and to savage audiences and reviewers alike. After newspapers all over Iowa reprinted a particularly nasty item from the ''Odebolt Chronicle'' in 1898 which began by describing the Cherry Sisters' physical appearance in unflattering terms, the sisters sued that paper and the ''Des Moines Register'' for libel. The trial included a performance of the act, and judgment was given in favor of the defending newspapers. Undaunted, the sisters appealed, and on May 28, 1901, the Iowa Supreme Court delivered a stinging rebuke to the sisters. This ruling is cited to this day as a major precedent in cases involving theatrical and other critics. Despite losing their suit, the Cherries continued to perform until one of them suddenly died in 1903. ''Variety'' described them as "the worst act in America". Mercifully, none None of the sisters married or had children, and the only sound recording of one of the sisters vanished decades ago. For the next fifty years, vaudevillians and others would describe a bad act as "a road company of the Cherry Sisters".
28th Aug '14 12:41:28 AM EarlOfSandvich
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* Andrew Lloyd Webber's ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' had quite a few [[TheMockbuster mockbusters]] in the wake of its success, but a 1991 Florida production (which even used a similar poster design to the Webber production) was actually videotaped and made it to DVD at the TurnOfTheMillennium, preserving its painfully bad writing, predictably bad songs, and ridiculous ending.

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* Andrew Lloyd Webber's ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' had quite a few [[TheMockbuster mockbusters]] in the wake of its success, but a 1991 Florida production (which even used a similar poster design to the Webber production) was actually videotaped and made it to DVD at the TurnOfTheMillennium, preserving its painfully bad writing, predictably bad songs, and ridiculous ending.
27th Jun '14 5:03:51 PM InTheGallbladder
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Theater is a hard art form to pull off. If done well, it comes off as enjoyable and masterfully done. Then there's the examples which calling them high school worthy would be an [[InsultToRocks insult to high school productions]], especially seeing as some high school productions are fantastic.

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Theater is a hard art form to pull off. If done well, it comes off as enjoyable and masterfully done. Then there's the examples which calling them wouldn't meet the standards of the least competent high school worthy would be an [[InsultToRocks insult to high school productions]], especially seeing as some high school productions are fantastic.
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