Many popular movies and books have been adapted to Broadway musicals, and several have enjoyed astounding success. “Les Miserables,” for example, is one of the longest-running shows on Broadway, and “Lion King” is another production that has gained wide success and is still performed today. But not all musicals and plays are so lucky — even those based on world-renowned works of fiction. Many Broadway shows, though based on successful titles, have failed to achieve the acclaim that their source material is known for.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s: The Musical” is one such example. Though the production shared some similarities with the movie version, such as starring a New York socialite who falls in love with a neighbor in her apartment building, there was one important difference. In the musical, Audrey Hepburn’s character is a profane prostitute. The performance was shelved before opening. Even though it made roughly $1 million in advanced ticket sales, the play never premiered.
“Carrie,” a book by author Stephen King, was also adapted for both the silver screen and for Broadway. The book and film were smash hits, but the musical fell flat. “Carrie: The Musical” premiered in 1988. It was performed five times, and lost approximately $8 million. Many writers, directors, and performers dream of showcasing their talent on Broadway, but these two examples prove that having a musical slated for a Broadway release isn’t a guarantee of success. More information about legendary production flops and what went wrong is included in the infographic below.