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  • KyleBailey
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    One of my favorite shows of all time is The Addams Family Musical. I got to see it like 2 weeks before the original cast left and I loved every minute of it. Nathan Lane is my favorite theater actors of all time. I love the music and all the production design that went into it. It oddly was not taken so well by critics and I still don’t know why. Audiences loved it but it could have been because of Nathan and BeBe’s names though but I think it is such a great musical. 

    Another one I think is highly underrated in Once on This Island. My local theater did it and I got to be on the stage crew for it and I fell in love to the beautiful music from the show and I hope it gets revived one day soon.

    What are some musicals that you love that think are underrated  

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    adamunc
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    Even though She Loves Me is well-regarded generally, I still don’t think it’s as broadly known as it should be. I think the score is just about perfect, and it has one of the most brilliantly-written opening numbers ever. Does everything an opening number should do perfectly.

     

    The score for Chess is also pretty terrific. The individual songs are loved, but the clunky book for the Broadway production has brought the musical’s reputation down. If someone were willing to go back to the more through-sung version originally seen in London and tighten up some of the dramatics, I think this show could be revived very successfully.

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    vinny
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    So Idk if this one was underrated but “Cry-Baby” was pretty good. The movie is one of my favs and I worried about how well it would translate to the stage. So when I saw it about three weeks into it’s run, I was like, “if anything this is a good story to say that I saw a complete mess”. Walking out, I said “WOW, this was good”.

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    SamEckmann
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    I will always have a soft spot for Baby.  Its a small show that had the misfortune to open in the same season as La Cage Aux Folles and Sunday in the Park With George, so it got kind of overshadowed in its Broadway run. They had a reunion concert no too long ago, and Id love to see a revival soon. I think “I Chose Right” is one of the best love songs written for the theatre, and I almost always find a way to work it into my set when Im doing a cabaret, just feels great to sing it. 

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    Anthony
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    Living in NYC, you often hear a little more about a variety of musicals than if you were living in…say….Maryland. I have to concur with adamunc that SHE LOVES ME is the best example of a well-received but rather overlooked musical.

    As a score, it is easily my favorite thing Bock & Harnick have done (yes, even over Fiddler) and the story, while so overdone now, is so sweet and endearing. The opening is superb and the plotlines are amazingly put together and connect well. I think “Dear Friend” is one of the best Act One finales ever and it doesn’t involve a character belting their head off. And that ending…..it is truly the most enchanting musical ever and it should’ve won over Hello, Dolly!….and the fact that it was snubbed for Score is disgraceful.

    BABY was brought up and I agree that it was a such a lovely show overshadowed by two (still amazing) other musicals. The Story Goes On is another superb Act One finale and Sam, I couldn’t agree more about I Chose Right….I would love to sing it, but as a young character actor, that’ll never happen. Maybe I will come across you singing it one day.

    FALSETTTOS is a musical that is highly respected by those who know it but it isn’t one you often see done by community/regional theatres due to the whole “gay” plotline…I wish more people knew it.

    SONG & DANCE: I consider this to be the best music ALW has ever written and when you have a killer lead, it can be such a great evening of Theatre.

    Some shows, such as EDWIN DROOD and ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, are ones that were very well received but then seemed to disappear and then revivals give them new life….the former example was stellar and I am hoping the latter is just as great.

     

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    Actriz
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    For many years, Hedwig and the Angry Inch was this. It is finally getting its well-deserved massive popularity.

    Side Show is one of the great forgotten scores of Broadway. Unfortunately its recent revival didn’t give it the Hedwig treatment that is deserved (maybe if they had cast Neil Patrick Harris?).

    The Pirate Queen was a disaster in terms of storyline, book and overall execution, but the score was pretty good and Stephanie J. Block is incredible. Give it a listen if you haven’t yet. 

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    Joe Burns
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    The Apple Tree is a very intelligent, beautiful musical that should be more well known.   Maybe I should wait longer to say this, but The Bridges Of Madison County has some of the greatest music I’ve ever heard and even with a Tony for Best Score I still don’t think enough people appreciate it.     I’ve only listened to it once, but Cole Porter’s Can Can  is  quite a gem.   John And Jen is a terrific show although the structure of it is somewhat one sided.   A Little Night Music isn’t unknown at all, but in regards  to  Sondheim scores,  I think it’s one of his very best  and more people should pay attention to it.  

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    Josh Labron
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    Evil Dead: The Musical is amazing!

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    tylerbeals1
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    I love Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.  The score was really fun, and honestly it was the funniest Broadway show I’ve ever seen.  My friend and I won second row center seats and basically laughed the entire show.  I wish that more people had enjoyed it as much as me.

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    Berlin2002
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    Long live ” Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson”. One of the great unsung triumphs of musical theatre.
    Smart, irrverrent and playing by it’s own own rules, I knew the show would have a short shelf life
    due to the aforementioned. It had the buzz of the cool, new hip musical but alas the out of towners
    still wanted to go to Greece to see a middle aged woman fret over which of her three former
    lovers could have fathered her newly engaged daughter. An even bigger loss is ” Tanz der Vampire “.
    Not that live on stage abortion known as ” Dance Of The Vampires ” with that schlocky Michael Crawford,
    but the original German incantation ” Tanz der Vampire “. Had the American production stuck to
    the German template and not re-imagined it as dumbed down schtick, it could have been wildly successful.

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    Hieu Vo
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    For me, Once on This Island is one of the most underrated musicals. It’s such a powerful and beautiful show with great music. A lot of high schools and theatre programs do it because it’s one act, but it is a dificult show to pull off and make seem believable. I hope it gets revived one day, it would be a great vehicle for actors and actresses of color. 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I saw a show in Toronto recently, The Heart of Robin Hood. I know it will be going to Broadway sometime in the 2015-16 season, and when it does, it deserves to be BIG. It is terrific, engaging and very entertaining. I have the feeling though that it will have a short run with very little press. 

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