June 23, 2016 at 9:33 am #1201855529
Now that we’ve honored excellence this year with the Tonys, it’s time to bash something. What’s the worst show you ever saw?
I’ve seen some iffy things (Deuce, Getting Away with Murder), but the worst thing I’ve ever sat through was the first preview of Tarzan in 2006. So completely dull, it wasn’t even campy or technically bad; it was just the theatrical equivalent of Unisom. The opening tableau was spectacular and Tarzan’s first entrance was pretty cool. The Act II opener with the gorillas demolishing the campsite was energetic, but other than that it was like listening to the same song 18 times in a row with a plot that never moved. The silver-voiced Jenn Gambatese tried her best, but she was defeated at every turn by the blandness of the material.
When it mercifully ended, I was convinced it had been nine hours long, but my watch disagreed with me on that point.June 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm #1201855729
Never had a bad experience with a Broadway show as of yet. I do always feel a little underwhelmed while I am in the theater but I find myself really falling head over heels with what I just watched in retrospectJune 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm #1201855794
Oh, my! I remember sitting in the front orchestra. The panic in Hugh Panaro’s eyes was genuine.June 24, 2016 at 8:31 am #1201856321
That hurts me, I LOVE Legally Blonde The Musical. I didn’t get to see it in NYC, but it’s so fun with a catchy score. It’s all I need in a feel good musical lol.
I’m torn between 9 to 5 and Allegiance I think. They both had some nice moments with great performances, but as a whole were just fine. I’ve thankfully never seen something I thought was terrible.
I haven’t seen many plays, but Seminar was really dull.June 24, 2016 at 10:42 am #1201856339
I haven’t seen that many broadway show’s to compare, and I’m probably in the minority on this but seeing as I get to see so few shows, Jersey Boys was a complete waste of one of them. Boring story, no narrative for me to really get into, the songs are obviously catchy but not from my era and had almost no connection narratively to the show, and the high-pitched lead singer who supposedly has “the voice of an angel” just got grating and painfully annoying to listen to by like halfway through the show. I have no problem with jukebox musicals, but like I said I want the songs to still function as they would in a musical where they move the narrative forward (like Mamma Mia, Moulin Rouge, etc.) otherwise it’s essentially a concert with some skits in between. If this was you’re favorite band growing up then I’m sure the nostalgia makes it a great night, but it did nothing for me.July 11, 2016 at 7:11 pm #1201862150
* Elf the Musical- the corniest, silliest show I’ve ever seen. Did not even enjoy it a little, and I loved the film
* If/Then- I get a lot of backlash for this when I tell friends/fellow theater geeks, but I just could not get into this show. Idina’s performance was very good, but the story didn’t move me like it moved others. I thought it was very boring and didn’t do anything for meJuly 15, 2016 at 8:31 am #1201872980
The revival of Old Times from this past season. A truly dreadful hour and a half of theatre led by three surprisingly tone-deaf performances, made even worse by the fact that I found it so hilariously bad that I struggled to stifle my laughter for the whole time. Had there been an intermission, I would have absolutely left.
Jersey Boys comes in at a close second. Even though I both know and like the music of the Four Seasons, I found the structure of the show so unoriginal and boring. I didn’t leave at intermission, but it’s one of the only times that I wanted to.
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