Season of the Reconstituted Flop

Every season has an unforseen focus, and this year’s is… flops! No fewer than four high profile revivals (or “revisals” as they’re sometimes called) have taken up the task of reworking formerly unsuccessful material. I’m thinking of…

Carrie,
— On A Clear Day You Can See Forever,
— Merrily We Roll Along,
and
— Newsies,

each of which bombed artistically and financially its first go round, each of which features new and reworked material in its latest incarnation. (Newsies, it should be noted, first appeared as a film, but was Broadway musical through and through.)

These unconventional titles make for interesting alternatives to the standard lineup of revivals, yet neither the reworked Merrily nor Clear Day made for a hit. Will Carrie or Newsies change that tune?

We shall see!

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