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29th Nov '16 7:38:55 PM CharlesTheBold
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* During a 1700s performance of ''Theatre/RichardIII'', when Richard learns that his former friend Buckingham has been arrested, the actor playing Richard forgot his next line and ad-libbed "Off with his head -- so much for Buckingham!" (the line was perfect iambic pentameter). This ended up as traditional and Olivier used it in his 1950s movie.
15th Nov '16 4:43:23 PM Kissybandit513
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* Creator/MontyPython performed during ''The Secret Policeman's Ball'' variety concert, putting on (of course) the Dead Parrot sketch. Halfway through, though, Michael Palin began to break up, unable to control himself. Although the audience had cottoned onto the problem and was already chuckling, John Cleese covered magnificently and sent the audience into hysterics with one, ad-libbed, shouted line: "THIS IS NO LAUGHING MATTER!"

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* Creator/MontyPython performed during ''The Secret Policeman's Ball'' variety concert, putting on (of course) the Dead Parrot sketch. Halfway through, though, Michael Palin began to break up, unable to control himself. Although the audience had cottoned onto the problem and was already chuckling, John Cleese covered magnificently and sent the audience into hysterics with one, ad-libbed, shouted line: "THIS IS NO LAUGHING MATTER!"NOTHING TO LAUGH AT!"
23rd Sep '16 10:22:55 PM nombretomado
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** "Diva's Lament" originally had the line "They're trying to replace me with [[SpiceGirls Posh Spice]]", which following BritneySpears' CreatorBreakdown in 2008 was changed to "I'm constantly replaced by Britney Spears", then in 2014 was replaced again with a reference to MileyCyrus' VMA twerking performance.

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** "Diva's Lament" originally had the line "They're trying to replace me with [[SpiceGirls Posh Spice]]", which following BritneySpears' Music/BritneySpears' CreatorBreakdown in 2008 was changed to "I'm constantly replaced by Britney Spears", then in 2014 was replaced again with a reference to MileyCyrus' VMA twerking performance.
9th Jun '16 4:52:38 PM nombretomado
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*** At another performance during TimCurry's run as King Arthur, the new name for the Knights Who Formerly Said Ni finished off with [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow "Come on up to the lab and see what's on the slab."]] Curry apparently had a VERY hard time keeping his composure.

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*** At another performance during TimCurry's Creator/TimCurry's run as King Arthur, the new name for the Knights Who Formerly Said Ni finished off with [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow "Come on up to the lab and see what's on the slab."]] Curry apparently had a VERY hard time keeping his composure.
2nd Feb '16 12:25:20 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* Roy Atwell got hit hard with LeslieNielsenSyndrome and his trademark word-confusion when he, new to Broadway, flubbed a line on the opening night and made the audience laugh. Luckily for him he was asked to deliver it the next night.
29th Nov '15 6:20:11 PM Prfnoff
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** Early drafts of Gama's IAmSong from ''Theatre/PrincessIda'' didn't include the final line, "And I can't think why!" This was likely added because it happened to fit the rhythm of the musical tag Sullivan composed.
25th Nov '15 12:01:10 PM Prfnoff
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** Early drafts of Gama's IAmSong from ''Theatre/PrincessIda'' didn't include the final line, "And I can't think why!" This was likely added because it happened to fit the rhythm of the musical tag Sullivan composed.
11th Sep '15 7:30:36 AM Morgenthaler
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** The exclaimed "Enjolras!" at the start of the ABC Cafe Scene was originally an ad-lib that is now fairly common. (Notably this [[WhoIsThisGuyAgain the only time Enjolras is directly called by his name throughout the entire musical]].)

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** The exclaimed "Enjolras!" at the start of the ABC Cafe Scene was originally an ad-lib that is now fairly common. (Notably this [[WhoIsThisGuyAgain the only time Enjolras is directly called by his name throughout the entire musical]].musical.)
12th Aug '15 4:33:52 PM Prfnoff
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* On the opening night of the musical version of ''Film/TheProducers'', Nathan Lane improvised the line "Who do you have to fuck to get a break in this town?" in the middle of the song "The King of Broadway." It's been that way ever since, including in the movie.
** Another from ''The Producers'': Tony Danza played Max Bialystock on Broadway for a stint, despite the fact that it is referenced in the script that Max is fat and Tony Danza is certainly not. When they got to the iconic line where Bloom screams "FAAAAT!", Danza would look confused and say "...what?" and Bloom replied "You were fat... once...." and proceeded to call him "You once-fat fatty fat walrus!!"
** Another example from ''Film/TheProducers'' involving Nathan Lane, during the London production of the show, directly after the scene where Max and Leo have just taken Siegfried Oath and are trying to leave Franz's rooftop. Lane, playing Max, tried to open the door leading offstage, but a stagehand had mistakenly locked it before the scene began. When the door didn't open at first, Lane shouted "We're trapped! Trapped like rats with a crazy Nazi!" When another one of the stagehands rushed to unlock it, Lane calmed down and said, "Got it." You can still see part of this in the 2005 film version.

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* The ScreenToStageAdaptation of ''Film/TheProducers'' has a number of these:
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On the opening night of the musical version of ''Film/TheProducers'', Nathan Lane night, Creator/NathanLane improvised the line "Who do you have to fuck to get a break in this town?" in the middle of the song "The King of Broadway." It's been that way ever since, including in the movie.
** Another from ''The Producers'': Tony Danza played Max Bialystock on Broadway for a stint, despite the fact that it is referenced in the script that Max is fat and Tony Danza is certainly not. When they got to the iconic line where Bloom screams "FAAAAT!", Danza would look confused and say "...what?" and Bloom replied "You were fat... once...." and proceeded to call him "You once-fat fatty fat walrus!!"
** Another example from ''Film/TheProducers'' involving Nathan Lane, during During the London production of the show, directly after the scene where Max and Leo have just taken Siegfried Oath and are trying to leave Franz's rooftop. rooftop, Nathan Lane, playing Max, tried to open the door leading offstage, but a stagehand had mistakenly locked it before the scene began. When the door didn't open at first, Lane shouted "We're trapped! Trapped like rats with a crazy Nazi!" When another one of the stagehands rushed to unlock it, Lane calmed down and said, "Got it." You can still see part of this in the 2005 film version.
8th May '15 8:59:48 PM nombretomado
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* The ''ReducedShakespeareCompany'' often changes lines in their script on the spot, and there are even a few parts in the script that are deliberately changed every performance. As an example, towards the end of ''Theatre/TheCompleteWorksOfWilliamShakespeareAbridged'', they perform ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' backwards, advising the audience to [[SubliminalSeduction "listen out for the Satanic messages!"]]. The second line in this scene is different every time - the official script book has it as "''Music/JudasPriest'' is God!", and many variations such as "[[GeorgeWBush George Bush]] is a genius!" and "''Music/FrankSinatra'' is God!" have been heard.

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* The ''ReducedShakespeareCompany'' often changes lines in their script on the spot, and there are even a few parts in the script that are deliberately changed every performance. As an example, towards the end of ''Theatre/TheCompleteWorksOfWilliamShakespeareAbridged'', they perform ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' backwards, advising the audience to [[SubliminalSeduction "listen out for the Satanic messages!"]]. The second line in this scene is different every time - the official script book has it as "''Music/JudasPriest'' is God!", and many variations such as "[[GeorgeWBush "[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush George Bush]] is a genius!" and "''Music/FrankSinatra'' is God!" have been heard.
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