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Orlando Fringe review: '...Since Carrie: A Celebration of (recent) Broadway Bombs'

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The first thing to know about "...Since Carrie: A Celebration of (Recent) Broadway Bombs" is that a "bomb" is considered a show that didn't recoup its Broadway investment. So that means shows that had fairly substantianal runs and achieved good name recognition -- think "Legally Blonde" or "Jekyll & Hyde" -- still qualify.

"...Since Carrie" was conceived by self-confessed "flopaholic" Eric Michaud, who exclaims things such as "I saw 'Dance of the Vampires' on Broadway three times! It was awful and I loved it!" and squeals "key change!" during a song's emotional finish.

The most interesting things in this pleasant little cabaret are the good songs that have come from flops -- and deserve a wider audience. Emily Heffelfinger delightfully romps through the comic "Screw Loose" about a lovesick teen from "Cry-Baby."

Heffelfinger teams with Piper Rae Patterson for a heartfelt duet on "Who Will Love Me As I Am" from "Side Show."

The show dips, though, whenever there's the triple whammy of subpar songs from uninteresting shows that no one has ever heard of. Think of throw-away ditties from "Catch Me If You Can" or "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

But even through the less-engrossing material, music director Christopher Leavy keeps things ticking along as the revue builds to a comic finale featuring six -- count 'em, six -- Frank Wildhorn flops.

A good laugh comes as Michaud stagily whispers, "Who keeps giving him money?"

60 minutes, Pink Venue, $7, Orlando Fringe Festival official page.

Showtimes

  • Thursday 17 May; at 5:00pm in the Pink
  • Friday 18 May; at 10:45pm in the Pink
  • Sunday 20 May; at 11:30am in the Pink
  • Tuesday 22 May; at 7:30pm in the Pink
  • Thursday 24 May; at 11:15pm in the Pink
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