By Eric Michaud
Musical Direction by Chris Leavy
Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival – Pink Venue
Just because a musical flops doesn’t mean it doesn’t have good music, often there’s at least one good song in the flotsam of the wreck. Of course here we define a “flop” as a show that doesn’t make back its original investment. That doesn’t necessarily mean closing on opening night; some of these shows ran over 100 performances but never got the critics or the audience on its side. Eric Michaud loves these shows; he calls himself a “Flopaholic” and gives us a full card of the material. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” might be the best of the worst; “Dirty Rotten Number” (Sung by Joshua Roth and Eric Michaud) is a funny ditty about two guys with no morals and no regrets. Emily Heffelfinger sings the John Waters inspired torch number “Screw Loose” from “Cry Baby” – this was one of Waters most accessible movies, but it just didn’t make it on the stage. Interestingly, we hear “Two Nobodies in New York” from “[title of show]”; I always thought this was a reasonably big hit. Whatever, if you love musical theatre these are great songs with a great delivery and we wrap up with “The Frank Wildhorn Megaflop Megamedley”. Wildhorn is famous for failure; he’s even staged the same show three times without success. Sometimes, it’s best to just walk away from that smoking hole in the ground.
This show is part of the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Tickets and other information may be found at http:\\www.OrlandoFringe.org