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27th Nov '16 12:46:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Dance of the Vampires'', the Broadway version of ''TanzDerVampire'', was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_of_the_vampires#Broadway probably doomed from the start]]. To summarize from the Other Wiki: It was supposed to open in 1998 but didn't until 2002, for reasons that ranged from having to find a new director (owing to the original, Creator/RomanPolanski, being unable to return to the U.S. without facing arrest on infamous rape charges) to the 9-11 attacks! As the ball got rolling, the script received an extensive, jokier rewrite to appeal to American audiences who no longer cared for European "megamusicals", and the changes kept on coming with the casting of Michael Crawford as Krolock; he had creative control over his dialogue, costumes, etc. Composer Jim Steinman was ultimately fired from his own show over not showing up to rehearsals. The director and choreographer, both fresh from ''{{Urinetown}}'', proved unable to handle a production of this size and style, especially with so many dueling ideas and egos about. The result lasted only 56 performances and its reputation has so far discouraged other English-language productions.

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* ''Dance of the Vampires'', the Broadway version of ''TanzDerVampire'', ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire'', was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_of_the_vampires#Broadway probably doomed from the start]]. To summarize from the Other Wiki: It was supposed to open in 1998 but didn't until 2002, for reasons that ranged from having to find a new director (owing to the original, Creator/RomanPolanski, being unable to return to the U.S. without facing arrest on infamous rape charges) to the 9-11 attacks! As the ball got rolling, the script received an extensive, jokier rewrite to appeal to American audiences who no longer cared for European "megamusicals", and the changes kept on coming with the casting of Michael Crawford as Krolock; he had creative control over his dialogue, costumes, etc. Composer Jim Steinman was ultimately fired from his own show over not showing up to rehearsals. The director and choreographer, both fresh from ''{{Urinetown}}'', proved unable to handle a production of this size and style, especially with so many dueling ideas and egos about. The result lasted only 56 performances and its reputation has so far discouraged other English-language productions.
19th Aug '16 3:11:05 PM dmcreif
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* ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'', TheMusical take on [[SpiderMan the comic book]] and the Sam Raimi movie adaptations, had a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Man:_Turn_Off_the_Dark#History hard time just getting to its preview period]] on Broadway... whereupon things went FromBadToWorse due to seemingly endless injuries to its performers, inspiring parodies on ''Series/{{Conan}}'', snarky coverage by TheOnion A.V. Club, endless snark in general from ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', and a RippedFromTheHeadlines episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' -- even ''Series/SesameStreet'' got in on making fun of it. With a $65 million budget, it would have to sell out for three years to break even. The preview period kept getting extended, and finally theater critics had enough and wrote/ran reviews of the February 7, 2011 performance (which, had it not been pushed back ''again'', was supposed to be the official opening date)... most of which were [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/spiderman-turn-off-the-dark-terrible-or-make-it-st,51518/ scathing]]. In response, the producers (finally!) panicked and brought in script doctors, along with having Bono and The Edge write new music. Director (and famous prima donna) Julie Taymor refused to go along with the changes and was either fired or quit. It finally opened in June 2011.
** In January 2012, the producers suggested that the show might periodically add new scenes and songs to encourage repeat customers. The cautionary tale continued to unfold: Taymor has filed suit against the producers and Bono and The Edge, claiming that not only that she was unjustly fired but also that they used her rewrites afteward, without giving her credit.

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* ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'', TheMusical take on [[SpiderMan the comic book]] and the Sam Raimi movie adaptations, had a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Man:_Turn_Off_the_Dark#History hard time just getting to its preview period]] on Broadway... whereupon things went FromBadToWorse due to seemingly endless injuries to its performers, performers [[note]]To the point that Creator/StephenColbert referred to it on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' as "Spider-Man: Notify Next of Kin"[[/note]], inspiring parodies on ''Series/{{Conan}}'', snarky coverage by TheOnion A.V. Club, endless snark in general from ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', and a RippedFromTheHeadlines episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' -- even ''Series/SesameStreet'' got in on making fun of it. With
**With
a $65 million budget, it would have to sell out for three years to break even. The preview period kept getting extended, and finally theater critics had enough and wrote/ran reviews of the February 7, 2011 performance (which, had it not been pushed back ''again'', was supposed to be the official opening date)... most of which were [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/spiderman-turn-off-the-dark-terrible-or-make-it-st,51518/ scathing]]. In
**In
response, the producers (finally!) panicked and brought in script doctors, along with having Bono and The Edge write new music. Director (and famous prima donna) Julie Taymor refused to go along with the changes and was either fired or quit. It finally opened in June 2011.
** In January 2012, the producers suggested that the show might periodically add new scenes and songs to encourage repeat customers. The cautionary tale continued to unfold: Taymor has filed suit against the producers and Bono and The Edge, claiming that not only that she was unjustly fired but also that they used her rewrites afteward, afterward, without giving her credit.



* The popular Broadway musical ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' underwent some large production troubles. The idea was originally thought up by Billy Aronson. He teamed up with 29-year old composer Jonathan Larson and started writing the songs in 1989. Busy with other personal commitments, Aronson dropped the project and Larson picked it back up a couple of years later. In 1993 it had its first on-stage reading which resulted in some criticism against the musical's over-complexity and length. A workshop version was penned and performed in 1994, which resulted in even more tweaks needing to be made to the story, and Larson ''again'' having to rework the songs to fit the changes. Funding started to become an issue as many investors feared the musical's then-controversial subject matter, causing Larson to have to turn to other sources for money. When he finally got a steady cast together and the show was scheduled to make its debut in early 1996, Larson died from an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm. His death caused the first preview of the musical to be canceled and the play was performed in front of a private audience in his memory. Ultimately it made its off-Broadway premiere on time and has since become one of the most beloved musicals of the 1990s.

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* The popular Broadway musical ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' underwent some large production troubles. The
**The
idea was originally thought up by Billy Aronson. He teamed up with 29-year old composer Jonathan Larson and started writing the songs in 1989. Busy
**Busy
with other personal commitments, Aronson dropped the project and Larson picked it back up a couple of years later. In later.
**In
1993 it had its first on-stage reading which resulted in some criticism against the musical's over-complexity and length. A workshop version was penned and performed in 1994, which resulted in even more tweaks needing to be made to the story, and Larson ''again'' having to rework the songs to fit the changes. Funding
**Funding
started to become an issue as many investors feared the musical's then-controversial subject matter, causing Larson to have to turn to other sources for money. When money.
**When
he finally got a steady cast together and the show was scheduled to make its debut in early 1996, Larson died from an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm. His death caused the first preview of the musical to be canceled and the play was performed in front of a private audience in his memory. Ultimately it made its off-Broadway premiere on time and has since become one of the most beloved musicals of the 1990s.
15th Aug '16 11:36:32 AM mlsmithca
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* The 2015 Broadway production of Creator/DavidMamet's ''China Doll'' was this even in previews, [[http://nypost.cim/2015/10/29/al-pacino-totally-lost-over-his-terrible-new-broadway-play/ according to]] Michael Riedel in ''The New York Post''.

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* The 2015 Broadway production of Creator/DavidMamet's ''China Doll'' was this even in previews, [[http://nypost.cim/2015/10/29/al-pacino-totally-lost-over-his-terrible-new-broadway-play/ com/2015/10/29/al-pacino-totally-lost-over-his-terrible-new-broadway-play/ according to]] Michael Riedel in ''The New York Post''.
15th Aug '16 11:34:16 AM mlsmithca
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** Al Pacino reportedly had difficulty remembering his lines and as a result, three teleprompters had to be hidden in the set; he also got them fed to him via Bluetooth on the headset he wore as a billionaire. This had a detrimental effect on the play's blocking, since he often faced away from other characters who he would be more realistically facing so he could read his lines. One incident involved Pacino's headset going out and getting co-star Christopher Denham to replace it. ''[[EpicFail In the middle of a performance.]]''

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** Al Pacino reportedly had difficulty remembering his lines and as a result, three teleprompters had to be hidden in the set; he also got them lines fed to him via Bluetooth on the headset he wore as a billionaire. This had a detrimental effect on the play's blocking, since he often faced away from other characters who whom he would be more realistically facing so he could read his lines. One incident involved Pacino's headset going out and getting co-star Christopher Denham to replace it. ''[[EpicFail In the middle of a performance.]]''



** Pacino apparently believed the script needs serious revisions, but knew that where [[ProtectionFromEditors Mamet is concerned, you don't do that without consulting him]], but he'd been in Los Angeles since the first night and never responded to inquiries from New York, where audiences were reportedly walking out in great numbers during intermission. The producers very well pushed the opening back.
** Which they did ... to a ''Friday'', almost unheard of on Broadway. Despite the producers' responsible that they were just trying to avoid competing with the recently-opened musical adapation of ''Film/SchoolOfRock'', everyone knew this was an attempt to make sure bad reviews would be buried since Saturday's newspapers are the least-read of any day of the week. GenreSavvy critics pounced right back by filing uniformly negative reviews in Friday's papers, based on the previews they had attended (again, a break with custom).

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** Pacino apparently believed the script needs needed serious revisions, but knew that where [[ProtectionFromEditors Mamet is concerned, you don't do that without consulting him]], but he'd been in Los Angeles since the first night and never responded to inquiries from New York, where audiences were reportedly walking out in great numbers during intermission. intermission.
**
The producers very well duly pushed the opening back.
** Which they did ...
back... to a ''Friday'', almost unheard of on Broadway. Despite the producers' responsible response that they were just trying to avoid competing with the recently-opened musical adapation of ''Film/SchoolOfRock'', everyone knew this was an attempt to make sure bad reviews would be buried since Saturday's newspapers are the least-read of any day of the week. GenreSavvy critics pounced right back by filing uniformly negative reviews in Friday's papers, based on the previews they had attended (again, a break with custom).



** After Webber began work in earnest on the sequel ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'' after years in DevelopmentHell, his cat climbed on his digital piano and accidentally deleted the score. Plans to open the show in three different countries (England, the U.S., and China) at once fell through due to logisitics. That was probably for the best: The London production was so poorly received, particularly by the ''Phantom'' fanbase, that by the end of 2010 it was extensively retooled. But the highly-unpopular underlying plot and changes to the characters were mostly intact, and it ultimately ran less than two years. Despite attempts to drum up interest by filming a better-received Australian staging for video release, the Broadway production that was supposed to follow on from London's in Fall 2010 has been indefinitely postponed -- not for a lack of effort on Lloyd Webber's part, while the show has managed several international productions in the meantime.
* The now-canceled Broadway production of the musical adapation of ''{{Rebecca}}'', as detailed [[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/theater/rebecca-the-musical-and-the-vanishing-act-of-its-investor.html here]]. After a successful run in continental Europe, producer Ben Sprecher canceled the London production as too costly. Even so, he decided it was ready for ''Broadway''. A mysterious British investor, supposedly named "Paul Abrams", then put $4.5 million into the play... more than 10 times what the biggest-rolling investors usually throw into a Broadway musical, even one that's been wildly successful in London. But no one had ever heard of Abrams, and the producers later claimed they never met him in person. In September 2012, Abrams supposedly died of malaria. Yet there had been no obituaries for a wealthy man who died of malaria in the British newspapers, and no death certificates listed malaria as a cause. A spokesman for the estate refused to take phone calls, and used an email address that had been created a month earlier. Sprecher (who had never been lead producer on a Broadway musical) had already built the sets, so he lost millions when the production was canceled the following month. The FBI arrested a stockbroker on Long Island for his attempt to defraud the producers by fabricating the foreign investors who were prepared to put the $4.5 million in.

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** * After Webber began work in earnest on the ''Phantom'' sequel ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'' after years in DevelopmentHell, his cat climbed on his digital piano and accidentally deleted the score. Plans to open the show in three different countries (England, the U.S., and China) at once fell through due to logisitics. That was probably for the best: The London production was so poorly received, particularly by the ''Phantom'' fanbase, that by the end of 2010 it was extensively retooled. But the highly-unpopular underlying plot and changes to the characters were mostly intact, and it ultimately ran less than two years. Despite attempts to drum up interest by filming a better-received Australian staging for video release, the Broadway production that was supposed to follow on from London's in Fall 2010 has been indefinitely postponed -- not for a lack of effort on Lloyd Webber's part, while the show has managed several international productions in the meantime.
* The now-canceled Broadway production of the musical adapation of ''{{Rebecca}}'', ''Film/{{Rebecca}}'', as detailed [[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/theater/rebecca-the-musical-and-the-vanishing-act-of-its-investor.html here]]. After a successful run in continental Europe, producer Ben Sprecher canceled the London production as too costly. Even so, he decided it was ready for ''Broadway''. A mysterious British investor, supposedly named "Paul Abrams", then put $4.5 million into the play... more than 10 times what the biggest-rolling investors usually throw into a Broadway musical, even one that's been wildly successful in London. But no one had ever heard of Abrams, and the producers later claimed they never met him in person. In September 2012, Abrams supposedly died of malaria. Yet there had been no obituaries for a wealthy man who died of malaria in the British newspapers, and no death certificates listed malaria as a cause. A spokesman for the estate refused to take phone calls, and used an email address that had been created a month earlier. Sprecher (who had never been lead producer on a Broadway musical) had already built the sets, so he lost millions when the production was canceled the following month. The FBI arrested a stockbroker on Long Island for his attempt to defraud the producers by fabricating the foreign investors who were prepared to put the $4.5 million in.
13th May '16 12:56:31 PM chasemaddigan
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* ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'', TheMusical take on [[SpiderMan the comic book]] and the Sam Rhttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TipsWorksheetaimi movie adaptations, had a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Man:_Turn_Off_the_Dark#History hard time just getting to its preview period]] on Broadway... whereupon things went FromBadToWorse due to seemingly endless injuries to its performers, inspiring parodies on ''Series/{{Conan}}'', snarky coverage by TheOnion A.V. Club, endless snark in general from ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', and a RippedFromTheHeadlines episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' -- even ''Series/SesameStreet'' got in on making fun of it. With a $65 million budget, it would have to sell out for three years to break even. The preview period kept getting extended, and finally theater critics had enough and wrote/ran reviews of the February 7, 2011 performance (which, had it not been pushed back ''again'', was supposed to be the official opening date)... most of which were [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/spiderman-turn-off-the-dark-terrible-or-make-it-st,51518/ scathing]]. In response, the producers (finally!) panicked and brought in script doctors, along with having Bono and The Edge write new music. Director (and famous prima donna) Julie Taymor refused to go along with the changes and was either fired or quit. It finally opened in June 2011.

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* ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'', TheMusical take on [[SpiderMan the comic book]] and the Sam Rhttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TipsWorksheetaimi Raimi movie adaptations, had a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Man:_Turn_Off_the_Dark#History hard time just getting to its preview period]] on Broadway... whereupon things went FromBadToWorse due to seemingly endless injuries to its performers, inspiring parodies on ''Series/{{Conan}}'', snarky coverage by TheOnion A.V. Club, endless snark in general from ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', and a RippedFromTheHeadlines episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' -- even ''Series/SesameStreet'' got in on making fun of it. With a $65 million budget, it would have to sell out for three years to break even. The preview period kept getting extended, and finally theater critics had enough and wrote/ran reviews of the February 7, 2011 performance (which, had it not been pushed back ''again'', was supposed to be the official opening date)... most of which were [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/spiderman-turn-off-the-dark-terrible-or-make-it-st,51518/ scathing]]. In response, the producers (finally!) panicked and brought in script doctors, along with having Bono and The Edge write new music. Director (and famous prima donna) Julie Taymor refused to go along with the changes and was either fired or quit. It finally opened in June 2011.
10th May '16 10:16:18 PM DanielCase
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* ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'', TheMusical take on [[SpiderMan the comic book]] and the Sam Raimi movie adaptations, had a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Man:_Turn_Off_the_Dark#History hard time just getting to its preview period]] on Broadway... whereupon things went FromBadToWorse due to seemingly endless injuries to its performers, inspiring parodies on ''Series/{{Conan}}'', snarky coverage by TheOnion A.V. Club, endless snark in general from ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', and a RippedFromTheHeadlines episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' -- even ''Series/SesameStreet'' got in on making fun of it. With a $65 million budget, it would have to sell out for three years to break even. The preview period kept getting extended, and finally theater critics had enough and wrote/ran reviews of the February 7, 2011 performance (which, had it not been pushed back ''again'', was supposed to be the official opening date)... most of which were [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/spiderman-turn-off-the-dark-terrible-or-make-it-st,51518/ scathing]]. In response, the producers (finally!) panicked and brought in script doctors, along with having Bono and The Edge write new music. Director (and famous prima donna) Julie Taymor refused to go along with the changes and was either fired or quit. It finally opened in June 2011.

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* ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'', TheMusical take on [[SpiderMan the comic book]] and the Sam Raimi Rhttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TipsWorksheetaimi movie adaptations, had a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Man:_Turn_Off_the_Dark#History hard time just getting to its preview period]] on Broadway... whereupon things went FromBadToWorse due to seemingly endless injuries to its performers, inspiring parodies on ''Series/{{Conan}}'', snarky coverage by TheOnion A.V. Club, endless snark in general from ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', and a RippedFromTheHeadlines episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' -- even ''Series/SesameStreet'' got in on making fun of it. With a $65 million budget, it would have to sell out for three years to break even. The preview period kept getting extended, and finally theater critics had enough and wrote/ran reviews of the February 7, 2011 performance (which, had it not been pushed back ''again'', was supposed to be the official opening date)... most of which were [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/spiderman-turn-off-the-dark-terrible-or-make-it-st,51518/ scathing]]. In response, the producers (finally!) panicked and brought in script doctors, along with having Bono and The Edge write new music. Director (and famous prima donna) Julie Taymor refused to go along with the changes and was either fired or quit. It finally opened in June 2011.



** One was casting Creator/ElizabethTaylor (who also coproduced) and Creator/RichardBurton as the leads. They had prepared for the parts by [[RealitySubtext marrying and divorcing each other ... twice]]. As Burton observed during rehearsals, the audience's awareness of that fact made some of their lines [[ActorAllusionCastingGag far funnier than Coward could ever have intended]].

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** One was casting Creator/ElizabethTaylor (who also coproduced) and Creator/RichardBurton as the leads. They had prepared for the parts by [[RealitySubtext marrying and divorcing each other ... twice]]. As Burton observed during rehearsals, the audience's awareness of that fact made some of their lines [[ActorAllusionCastingGag [[ActorAllusion far funnier than Coward could ever have intended]].
10th May '16 10:12:05 PM DanielCase
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* The 1983 Broadway revival of ''Theatre/PrivateLives'' had some problems, according to [[http://nymag.com/arts/theater/features/50176/ ''New York'' magazine]], had some significant problems.
** One was casting Creator/ElizabethTaylor (who also coproduced) and Creator/RichardBurton as the leads. They had prepared for the parts by [[RealitySubtext marrying and divorcing each other ''twice'']]. As Burton observed during rehearsals, that made some of their lines far funnier for the audience than Coward could ever have intended.

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* The 1983 Broadway revival of ''Theatre/PrivateLives'' had some problems, ''Theatre/PrivateLives'', according to [[http://nymag.com/arts/theater/features/50176/ ''New York'' magazine]], had some significant problems.
** One was casting Creator/ElizabethTaylor (who also coproduced) and Creator/RichardBurton as the leads. They had prepared for the parts by [[RealitySubtext marrying and divorcing each other ''twice'']]. other ... twice]]. As Burton observed during rehearsals, the audience's awareness of that fact made some of their lines [[ActorAllusionCastingGag far funnier for the audience than Coward could ever have intended.intended]].
10th May '16 10:09:57 PM DanielCase
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* The 1983 Broadway revival of ''Theatre/PrivateLives'' had some problems, according to [[http://nymag.com/arts/theater/features/50176/ ''New York'' magazine]], had some significant problems.
** One was casting Creator/ElizabethTaylor (who also coproduced) and Creator/RichardBurton as the leads. They had prepared for the parts by [[RealitySubtext marrying and divorcing each other ''twice'']]. As Burton observed during rehearsals, that made some of their lines far funnier for the audience than Coward could ever have intended.
** The real problem was Milton Katselas, the director. The supporting cast members ''hated'' him, and after the production opened to mostly damning reviews in Boston he took the blame and was replaced within days.
3rd May '16 12:07:35 PM dmcreif
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** Al Pacino reportedly has difficulty remembering his lines and as a result, three teleprompters have had to be hidden in the set; he also gets them fed to him via Bluetooth on the headset he wears as a billionaire. This has had a detrimental effect on the play's blocking, since he often faces away from other characters who he would be more realistically facing so he can read his lines. One incident involved Pacino's headset going out and getting co-star Christopher Denham to replace it. ''[[EpicFail In the middle of a performance.]]''
** When director Pam [=MacKinnon=], who is apparently known for her [[ExtremeDoormat inability to stand up to big stars]], tried to give him a note, he told her "I'm not your fucking puppet!" and that was the end of that. Reportedly, he goes back to his dressing room looking despondent after every performance; she spends the whole show pacing around backstage.
** Pacino apparently believes the script needs serious revisions, but knows that where [[ProtectionFromEditors Mamet is concerned, you don't do that without consulting him]], but he's been in Los Angeles since the first night and hasn't responded to inquiries from New York, where audiences are reportedly walking out in great numbers during intermission. The producers may well push the opening back.
** Which they did ... to a ''Friday'', almost unheard of on Broadway. Despite the producers' responsible that they were just trying to avoid competing with the recently-opened musical adapation of ''Film/SchoolOfRock'', everyone knew this was an attempt to make sure bad reviews would be buried since Saturday's newspapers are the least-read of any day of the week. Critics pounced right back by filing uniformly negative reviews in Friday's papers, based on the previews they had attended (again, a break with custom).

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** Al Pacino reportedly has had difficulty remembering his lines and as a result, three teleprompters have had to be hidden in the set; he also gets got them fed to him via Bluetooth on the headset he wears wore as a billionaire. This has had a detrimental effect on the play's blocking, since he often faces faced away from other characters who he would be more realistically facing so he can could read his lines. One incident involved Pacino's headset going out and getting co-star Christopher Denham to replace it. ''[[EpicFail In the middle of a performance.]]''
** When director Pam [=MacKinnon=], who is was apparently known for her [[ExtremeDoormat inability to stand up to big stars]], tried to give him a note, he told her "I'm not your fucking puppet!" and that was the end of that. Reportedly, he goes went back to his dressing room looking despondent after every performance; she spends spent the whole show pacing around backstage.
** Pacino apparently believes believed the script needs serious revisions, but knows knew that where [[ProtectionFromEditors Mamet is concerned, you don't do that without consulting him]], but he's he'd been in Los Angeles since the first night and hasn't never responded to inquiries from New York, where audiences are were reportedly walking out in great numbers during intermission. The producers may very well push pushed the opening back.
** Which they did ... to a ''Friday'', almost unheard of on Broadway. Despite the producers' responsible that they were just trying to avoid competing with the recently-opened musical adapation of ''Film/SchoolOfRock'', everyone knew this was an attempt to make sure bad reviews would be buried since Saturday's newspapers are the least-read of any day of the week. Critics GenreSavvy critics pounced right back by filing uniformly negative reviews in Friday's papers, based on the previews they had attended (again, a break with custom).



** The play also had SpecialEffectsFailure to deal with as well. As originally written, at the end a model of the plane that's at the center of the plot was supposed to be used [[spoiler:by Pacino as he murders his assistant.]] On one of the first preview shows, it did... and got dented by the actor's head, leading to much unintended laughter from the audience. Better work by the prop department and a rewrite of the scene took care of the problem.
** It's expected as of the beginning of 2016 that the producers will close the play by early February, offering what discounts they can to cut their losses.

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** The play also had SpecialEffectsFailure to deal with as well. As originally written, at the end a model of the plane that's that was at the center of the plot was supposed to be used [[spoiler:by Pacino as he murders his assistant.]] On one of the first preview shows, it did... and got dented by the actor's head, leading to much unintended laughter from the audience. Better work by the prop department and a rewrite of the scene took care of the problem.
** It's It was expected as of the beginning of 2016 that the producers will would close the play by early February, offering what discounts they can could to cut their losses.
2nd May '16 6:54:35 PM dmcreif
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* ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' itself underwent much upheaval during its development and preview days -- numerous cast changes, backstage bickering over such changes, props and equipment frequently breaking down, and massive overhauling of nearly all the lyrics. Then, just as the show finally debuted, both of its lead actors took ill (Michael Crawford suffered a hiatal hernia owing to the demanding score, and Steve Barton -- cast as Raoul -- suffered a fall after he replaced him as the Phantom) and then the ''understudies'' were knocked out of commission as well.

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* ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' itself underwent much upheaval during its development and preview days -- numerous cast changes, backstage bickering over such changes, props and equipment frequently breaking down, and massive overhauling of nearly all the lyrics. Then, just as the show finally debuted, both of its lead actors took ill (Michael Crawford suffered a hiatal hernia owing to the demanding score, and Steve Barton -- cast as Raoul -- suffered a fall after he replaced him as the Phantom) and then the ''understudies'' were knocked out of commission as well. Almost like the Phantom had put a curse on the show about him.
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