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One of the great head-scratchers of all time.
Last Edit: ShowGoer 08:05 am EST 01/18/22
Posted by: ShowGoer 08:02 am EST 01/18/22
In reply to: FLYING OVER SUNSET - Final performance yesterday - Shutterbug 04:53 pm EST 01/17/22

Someone below said, “During these difficult times when theater is so necessary and yet so fragile, this oddball, lovely musical feels like just the right show for the moment.” I’d suggest if that were remotely true, it wouldn’t have closed yesterday. (A better candidate for that assessment in my opinion, which also closed y
this weekend, would seem to be Kimberly Akimbo – which rightly got far better reviews and justifiably is almost assured to move to Broadway this year.)

But I’m glad so many others got so much out of it. For me, and the dozens I know who’ve seen it, it was definitely one of the greater disappointments in the last decade. (As I’ve says before, each of the writers involved has written at least one or two shows which had more going for them and which better qualify as real heartbreakers, from Muscle in the 1990s to War Paint a few seasons back). There were nice things about it for sure, and this thread has singled out all the highlights. That said, I don’t think there’s a chance in hell this is going to be the next Anyone Can Whistle, Love Life, Merrily We Roll Along, or Chess, that people are lamenting what went wrong and still trying to make work 30 or 40 years from now. It’s simply the first new serious musical for grown-ups (and the only one thus far on Broadway) to open after a pandemic, one that whether you mostly disliked it, or you thought it had moments if genius, or both, everyone can agree we wish had been better than it was.
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