This Week on Broadway for April 5, 2020: Flops I’ve Loved

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about shows that have flopped (lost money; not a commercial success) but that we loved.


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Peter Filichia | [email protected] | Facebook
PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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Michael Portantiere | [email protected] | Facebook
MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is the founder and editor of He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at

Notes and links for the podcast.


PF: Go back in time: The Cradle Will Rock

MP: Go back in time: Oklahoma, Show Boat, My Fair Lady

JM: Ragtime (workshop), Company, Scottsboro Boys, Phantom (London)

PF: Legends, A Mother’s Kisses,

David Ezell: I have a question for Peter. Aside from Hello Dolly!, what shows were revived with at least one principal member from the original cast? Is it common or is it a rarity?

April 4: Follies (1971) and Anyone Can Whistle (1964) opened

April 5: Follies Revival (2001)

PF: Flops I’ve Loved – Joan (1972), Inner City (1971), The Grass Harp (1971)

MP: Flops I’ve Loved – Steel Pier (1997), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), The Last Five Years (2002), The Life (1997), Sweet Smell of Success (2002), Wedding Singer (2006), Play On! (1997), Ragtime Revival (2009), Finian’s Rainbow Revival (2009)

Steel Pier Broadway Debut Kristin Chenoweth

Dance With Me / The Last Girl

JM: Flops I’ve Loved – Side Show (1997), Aspects of Love (1990)

Peter’s Trivia Answer

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Marry With Me from The Grass Harp

Dance With Me / The Last Girl from Steel Pier

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