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.