Broadway is the global standard for musical theater. If you make it there – then you can make it everywhere. But there many great musicals that never made it to Broadway. Meet them below.
Rose, the victim of this cruel game, represents a changing America and demonstrates a new wave of female empowerment. Pasek & Paul brought Dogfight, a musical about the Vietnam War, to Broadway. We see a group of marines enjoying a last night of freedom before they head off to Vietnam, playing a game in which they bet on who will find the ugliest date and who will not be able to intervene. The show deals with themes that are resurfacing today, such as war, war crimes, and the role of women in society.
The black comedy Heath & Children is based on the cult 1980s film and is about the best girl possible, but it gets dark when bad boy JD moves into town. The show tackles issues such as bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault, while the songs are undeniably catchy and hilarious throughout. Maybe it’s still your destiny to make your Broadway debut, after all, it would have been great fun.
Not all Andrew Lloyd Webber’s shows were hits, but Whistle in the Wind is a prime example of an underrated classic. Dry “failed to convince critics with its high octane numbers and is still one of the most successful musicals of all time.
The Phantom could have been back on Broadway, but Webber said it was a one-off – not a sequel. Perhaps fans just weren’t interested in seeing Christine and the Phantom in new circumstances. Did you know about the deformed bell, the cruel Judge Frollo who hides the ringtone, or the mysterious ghost of the ancient ghost?
Berlin took a chance when a production of “The Lion King” failed, but only when it became one of the longest running shows. Once again, this heartwarming story with its beautiful music has not received the support we had hoped for.
Here we follow Cathy and Jamie’s relationship, but except for one scene the two never really share the stage. Instead, we look at the relationship chronologically from Jamie’s perspective and track their relationship from here. Before we reveal our number one pick, here’s an honourable mention for another of our favourites.
The plot is super relatable and underscored by a unique angle, and it would have been perfect for one of the smaller Broadway theaters, as it only takes two actors and a relatively simple set. Although it didn’t make it to the Great White Way, the big screen did, with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
The list of musicals that never made it to Broadway is very, very long. And some of its entries are more than good. But who do you think lost more – Broadway or the musicals?