Just in time for Thanksgiving! This week’s Dress Circle (11/19 7:00 p.m.) will feature some Broadway Turkeys! We took a look at the champs last week, so it’s only fair that we take a look at some of the failures that outnumber them by at least 10 to 1. There are many factors that contribute to a show’s failure. The show may just be bad, the direction or casting misguided, or one aspect, either the book or score, just isn’t up to par, but sometimes, there are unseen factors as when a backer pulls out, reviews are mediocre even though the show is good, and many more.
This program will deal with shows that ran 10 or fewer performances and includes: “The Mooney Shapiro Songbook,” “Rags,” “Oh, Brother!”, “Bring Back Birdie,” “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” “A Broadway Musical,” “The Yearling,” and “La Strada.” There are many more, but unfortunately, most of the scores were never recorded and are gone. Even though they’re “turkeys,” we think you’ll agree that there are some pretty good songs here.