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26th Mar '17 3:11:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'', TheMusical take on [[SpiderMan the comic book]] and the Creator/SamRaimi 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 [[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.

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* ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'', TheMusical take on [[SpiderMan the comic book]] and the Creator/SamRaimi 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 [[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, Website/TheOnion Website/AVClub, endless snark in general from ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', and a RippedFromTheHeadlines episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' -- even ''Series/SesameStreet'' got in on making fun of it.
8th Mar '17 5:24:55 PM dmcreif
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** Riedel followed up with a longer article about the play's problems, mostly reiterating his earlier reporting in greater detail. He added that some investors [[TemptingFate admitted they should have thought twice when writing their checks]] as neither Mamet nor Pacino have had any major success on Broadway in years.
** Another critic involved noted the rightward drift in Mamet's politics over the years, and said that the play, built around a billionaire's newly-purchased private jet, was basically Mamet's AuthorTract against the IRS.
** Which was Pacino's problem as well. He hadn't realized until rehearsals began just how much of the dialogue was his, and at his age it turned out to be more than he could handle. His requests to Mamet for revisions were primarily meant to address this problem. All Mamet ultimately did was make a few small changes.

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** Riedel followed up with [[http://nypost.com/2015/12/13/tantrums-terror-b12-shots-inside-al-pacinos-broadway-bomb/ a longer article article]] about the play's problems, mostly reiterating his earlier reporting in greater detail. He added that some investors [[TemptingFate admitted they should have thought twice when writing their checks]] as neither Mamet nor Pacino have had any major success on Broadway in years.
** Another critic involved noted the rightward drift in Mamet's politics over the years, and said that the play, built around a billionaire's newly-purchased private jet, was basically Mamet's AuthorTract against the IRS.
** Which
IRS....
**...which
was Pacino's problem as well. He hadn't realized until rehearsals began just how much of the dialogue was his, and at his age it turned out to be more than he could handle. His requests to Mamet for revisions were primarily meant to address this problem. All Mamet ultimately did was make a few small changes.



** It was expected as of the beginning of 2016 that the producers would close the play by early February, offering what discounts they could to cut their losses.

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** It was expected as of the beginning of 2016 [[http://nypost.com/2016/01/28/in-the-final-days-of-pacinos-broadway-play-audiences-are-hate-watching-it/ that the producers would close the play by early February, February]], offering what discounts they could to cut their losses.
6th Mar '17 9:03:57 PM dmcreif
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* The 2015 Broadway production of Creator/DavidMamet's ''China Doll'' was this even in previews, [[http://nypost.com/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.com/2015/10/29/al-pacino-totally-lost-over-his-terrible-new-broadway-play/ according to]] Michael Riedel in of ''The New York Post''.



** When director Pam [=MacKinnon=], who 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 went back to his dressing room looking despondent after every performance; she spent the whole show pacing around backstage.

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** When director Pam [=MacKinnon=], who was apparently known infamous 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 went back to his dressing room looking despondent after every performance; she spent the whole show pacing around backstage.



* The now-cancelled Broadway production of the musical adaption of ''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.

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* The now-cancelled Broadway production of the musical adaption of ''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
**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
**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.
3rd Mar '17 7:38:17 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Theatre/FunnyGirl'' went on to be a hit, but its pre-Broadway tryout suffered serious troubles. The opening performance in Boston was practically a fiasco. Feuds arose between Music/BarbraStreisand and Sydney Chaplin, and between everyone and the notoriously temperamental Jerome Robbins when he took over from credited director Garson Kanin. Ghostwriters struggled to keep up with rewrites demanded by Streisand and the Arnstein family (the show's producer was Nick Arnstein's son-in-law). Chaplin's part became equal to Streisand's in billing only; a secondary female role played by Allyn Ann [=McLerie=] was written out entirely. Dozens of {{Cut Song}}s were thrown out, and dance routines were in a constant state of flux. The final scene was rewritten 42 times, and its final version was being rehearsed immediately prior to the Broadway opening, which had been repeatedly postponed.

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* ''Theatre/FunnyGirl'' went on to be a hit, but its pre-Broadway tryout suffered serious troubles. The opening performance in Boston was practically a fiasco. Feuds arose between Music/BarbraStreisand and Sydney Chaplin, and between everyone and the notoriously temperamental Jerome Robbins when he took over from credited director Garson Kanin. Ghostwriters struggled to keep up with rewrites demanded by Streisand and the Arnstein family (the show's producer was Nick Arnstein's son-in-law). Chaplin's part became equal to Streisand's in billing only; a secondary female role played by Allyn Ann [=McLerie=] was written out entirely. Dozens of {{Cut Song}}s were thrown out, out ("People" almost becoming one of them), and dance routines were in a constant state of flux. The final scene was rewritten 42 times, and its final version was being rehearsed immediately prior to the Broadway opening, which had been repeatedly postponed.
15th Jan '17 11:34:25 AM CumbersomeTercel
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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 [[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.

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* ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'', TheMusical take on [[SpiderMan the comic book]] and the Sam Raimi Creator/SamRaimi 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 [[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.



** Al Pacino reportedly had difficulty remembering his lines and as a result, three teleprompters had to be hidden in the set; he also got 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 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.]]''

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** Al Pacino Creator/AlPacino reportedly had difficulty remembering his lines and as a result, three teleprompters had to be hidden in the set; he also got 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 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.]]''



* Trouble with ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' in London started when its original director had to drop out before just before rehearsals, then went on to include trouble with the show's highly technical sets that threatened its ability to open on time. Then the Broadway rewrite (which ended up torn apart by critics and flopped) had enough behind-the-scenes drama that ''Vanity Fair'' wrote a feature on it, including claims of a director was nearly unreachable, an ill producer, and a rush to open the show in time to compete with Andrew Lloyd Webber's ''The Phantom of the Opera''.
* ''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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* Trouble with ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' in London started when its original director had to drop out before just before rehearsals, then went on to include trouble with the show's highly technical sets that threatened its ability to open on time. Then the Broadway rewrite (which ended up torn apart by critics and flopped) had enough behind-the-scenes drama that ''Vanity Fair'' wrote a feature on it, including claims of a director was nearly unreachable, an ill producer, and a rush to open the show in time to compete with Andrew Lloyd Webber's Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's ''The Phantom of the Opera''.
* ''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 (Creator/MichaelCrawford 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.



* The now-canceled Broadway production of the musical adapation of ''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.

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* The now-canceled now-cancelled Broadway production of the musical adapation adaption of ''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.



* Before ''Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'' hit Broadway, 1983's ''Merlin'' was a fantasy musical (presenting the famous Arthurian character in his younger days) that had its own overlong preview period. Its official opening was postponed three times to the annoyance of critics, and much like what happened with the Spidey show, ''The New York Times'' formally reviewed it before it formally opened. The spectacle wasn't the problem this time -- leading man Doug Henning was a StageMagician legend who'd previously had a hit with ''The Magic Show'' in TheSeventies and his tricks for this show were equally impressive. But he didn't have to do much singing in the older show (StephenSchwartz gave the tunes to his supporting cast), and in this one he did... at least initially, as by the end of previews all his singing was cut. The original director was cut too, replaced by co-producer Ivan Reitman, and a second choreographer was added. Making matters worse, the Broadway production of ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' opened just months before and monopolized the attention of theatergoers -- particularly the families which ''Merlin'' obviously hoped to court. The producers pressed on ("It was the musical that wouldn't disappear" according to Nathan Lane, who played a bumbling villain), and it managed five Tony nominations in a weak season, but it won none and closed after 199 regular performances.

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* Before ''Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'' hit Broadway, 1983's ''Merlin'' was a fantasy musical (presenting the famous Arthurian character in his younger days) that had its own overlong preview period. Its official opening was postponed three times to the annoyance of critics, and much like what happened with the Spidey show, ''The New York Times'' formally reviewed it before it formally opened. The spectacle wasn't the problem this time -- leading man Doug Henning was a StageMagician legend who'd previously had a hit with ''The Magic Show'' in TheSeventies and his tricks for this show were equally impressive. But he didn't have to do much singing in the older show (StephenSchwartz gave the tunes to his supporting cast), and in this one he did... at least initially, as by the end of previews all his singing was cut. The original director was cut too, replaced by co-producer Ivan Reitman, and a second choreographer was added. Making matters worse, the Broadway production of ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' opened just months before and monopolized the attention of theatergoers -- particularly the families which ''Merlin'' obviously hoped to court. The producers pressed on ("It was the musical that wouldn't disappear" according to Nathan Lane, Creator/NathanLane, who played a bumbling villain), and it managed five Tony nominations in a weak season, but it won none and closed after 199 regular performances.
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.
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