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Old Dog, New Tricks?

Some shows flop. There might not be any rhyme or reason to it, but often there is a show that doesn’t take off. Big names with several Broadway hits can flop. Jason Robert Brown: The Bridges of Madison County. Stephen Sondheim: Anyone Can Whistle. Andrew Lloyd Webber: Stephen Ward.

Rodgers and Hammerstein – AllegroIt’s coming back to New York. The production is being done again off-Broadway. The production is making headlines left and right. Perhaps it’s the fact that it flopped; perhaps it’s the director, John Doyle. Either way, it’s coming back and it’s making a name for itself. Changes have been made: the cast of 100 cut to 12. John Doyle has them playing instruments. The buzz has been created. All the show needs is an audience that accepts it.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1947 musical Allegro is being revived by Classic Stage Company in New York.

NPR covered the story here. New York Times here. Wall Street Journal here.

What’s wrong with Allegro? Nothing. Nothing is wrong with it. It isn’t flawed, there isn’t a formula for a hit. It needs an audience that accepts it. The music isn’t horribly catchy and the storyline could be considered “too deep.” So maybe the streamlined version with 12 actors will work. Maybe it won’t. We don’t know.

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