Top ten worst Broadway shows ever made and what made them fail, including Moose Murders, Carrie, Dracula, and Lestat
Aug 2004 - Jan 2005
With lyrics like "Give me your mouth upon my mouth", how can this musical be bad? Just one year after another vampire musical, Dance of the Vampires, became a notorious flop, the producers of Dracula decided that it would be a great idea to try the Broadway vampire musical format again. In short, they were wrong. Reviewers remarked that it looked like "the longest Meat Loaf video ever".
9. Moose Murders
Dracula was an infamous flop, but Moose Murders was a spectacular trainwreck. The mystery farce was reportedly so bad, that a reviewer who saw the show wrote that viewers of Moose Murders will hold regular meetings and cry together, just like the survivors of the Titanic. One reviewer said the show "would insult the intelligence of an audience consisting entirely of amoebas". The story included, of all things, mother-son incest. The show closed after just one performance and 13 previews.
The Polish version of A Chorus Line did not go over well with critics. Though the play was a hit in Poland, the writers failed to translate the script into fluent English, which did not bode well for English audiences. The music was not well received either. One critic noted that Metro "looks as if it is taking its cues from a faded 10th-generation bootleg videocassette of the film version of its Broadway prototype". After just 13 performances with an average of 35% attendance per show at just $20 per ticket, Metro closed.
7. Bobbi Boland
Farrah Fawcett's play was so bad, it technically never opened. Little is known about this play that stars Fawcett as the materialistic main character. The show closed after just one week of previews and lost $2 million.
Mar 2006 - May 2006
After Dance of the Vampires bombed in 2002 and Dracula fizzled in 2004, producers thought "third time's the charm!" and birthed Lestat, yet another vampire musical. Spoiler alert: the third time was not the charm, and Lestat became known as a horribly boring play. Inspired by Anne Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles", the show attempted to construct a coherent plot, but failed. The thinly veiled homoeroticism has caused critics to call this play "the Brokeback Mountain of vampire musicals", even though the characters are never actually identified as gay. Ben Brantley, a critic from the New York Times, called Lestat "the musical sleeping pill".
5. Pirate Queen
Apr 2007 - June 2007
Imagine Les Miserables, but a lot more miserable. The creators of Les Mis attempted to recreate their success, by creating a carbon copy of the sung through musical, but with "gaudy" female pirates instead of revolution. The show was all too similar to Les Miserables to critics, and reviewers pointed out that the song "Boys'll be Boys" sounded exactly like "Master of the House" from the aforementioned musical.
Oct 2004 - June 2005
In the musical Brooklyn, five homeless musicians sing "American Idol" esque ballads. Multiple Broadway theater critics have compared the show experience to annoying subway performers and the garbage bins outside Broadway theaters.
Apr 1988 - May 1988
The musical adaptation of Carrie is perhaps the most infamous failure in Broadway history. The show was such a failure that books have been written about how terrible Carrie was. The musical was adapted from Steven King's homonymous novel, and the classic horror film that followed. The Broadway version of the classic was also a horror, but for entirely different reasons. Even the set design has been slammed by critics, and was described as a "hospital kitchen" posing as a high school. The musical vanished after its closing in the 80's, and only clips from the show can be seen today.
2. Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark
June 2011 - Jan 2014
Critics said Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark was a nightmare to produce and a train wreck to watch. The show cost $75 million to produce, and reportedly lost $60 million. After over 1000 performances, many cast injuries, and scathing reviews, the show finally closed. A New York Times critic called the show "grievously broken in every respect". To give the show some credit, it was better than the movie "Spider-Man 3".
1. Dance of the Vampires
Dec 2002 - Jan 2003
This show was so bad, we had to create a separate page to describe exactly how this show went wrong. For the worst show ever made, read THE WORST BROADWAY SHOW EVER MADE