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The Tabletop Game:

The musical:

  • Break Away Pop Hit:
    • "One Night in Bangkok" is easily the most well known song from the musical, getting a single in 1984 and gaining heavy air time on classic 80s and rock stations to this day. It's fair to find plenty of people who know the song but don't know the musical it originated from.
    • To a lesser extent, "I Know Him So Well", which was also a smash hit with its single.
  • Cut Song: The Broadway version, which was famously being rewritten as the season went on, has these a plenty. "Let's Work Together", the Villain Song, was cut early on. But even before that, "East and West" seems to have been cut before opening night; it was only shown during previews. (For the interested, it took the place of "Embassy Lament" and featured two CIA guys trying to convince Anatoly to move to New York City or LA, respectively).
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Reading up on Reagan-era political intrigue is helpful for modern audiences.
  • What Could Have Been: Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus originally sought out Russian music star Alla Pugacheva to sing the role of Svetlana in the original concept album, but in the case of Art Imitates Life, the Soviet authorities would have none of it, so the Scottish singer Barbara Dickson was cast instead.