My Favorite Flop
Summary: "My Favorite Flop" celebrates the fabulous failures that furnish Broadway's fathomless files. Come geek out with hosts Bobby Traversa and Kristina Miller-Weston as they discuss their favorite musical misses and misfits on this new Broadway podcast.
"All roads lead to Hollywood" as hosts Bobby and Kristina discuss 1983's "Marilyn: An American Fable" on the season one premiere of MY FAVORITE FLOP. ABOUT "MARILYN: AN AMERICAN FABLE" Inspired by the life of celebrity Marilyn Monroe, "Marilyn: An American Fable" takes a highly fictionalized look at Hollywood’s legendary bombshell while also maintaining its supposed authenticity. (The show was apparently “authorized” and endorsed by Lee Strasberg’s wife, Anna) It was one of two musicals about the star to open that year alone, and one of at least five that have been created since her death. The show features a book by Patricia Michaels with music and lyrics by Jeanne Napoli, Doug Frank, Gary Portnoy, Beth Lawrence, Norman Thalheimer, James Komack, Wally Harper, and David Zippel. Between sabotaged sets, a fired director, and a leading lady replaced just ten days before its first preview, this show made it to opening night with even more baggage than the real-life Marilyn carried with her during her actual life. The show shuttered after only 17 performances and became largely forgotten until it became a footnote in the pilot of NBC’s SMASH in 2012. Original Broadway Cast • Alyson Reed as Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe • Kristi Coombs as Young Norma Jean • Peggy Blue, Michael Kubula, and T.A. Stephens as Destiny • Scott Bakula as Joe DiMaggio • George Dvorsky as Jim Dougherty • Will Gerard as Arthur Miller • Melissa Bailey as Louella • Mary Testa as Hedda • Steve Shocket as Strasberg • Willy Falk as Tommy • Lise Lang as Sis • Debi Monahan as Pat • Ty Crowley as Acting Coach • Gary-Michael Davies as Director • Deborah Dotson as Hairdresser • Ed Forsyth as Camera Man • Mitchell Greenberg as Agent • James Haskins as Photographer • Alan North as Studio Head • Michael Rivera as Designer • Dooba Wilkins as Coach • Mark Ziebell as Serviceman • Jodi Benson as Factory Girl • Eileen Casey, Andrew Charles, Kevin Cort, Mark Esposito, Marcial Gonzalez, Christine Gradl, and Marguerite Lowell as Ensemble
“It all comes down to Christmas” as hosts Bobby and Kristina discuss 2012’s "A Christmas Story: The Musical" on MY FAVORITE FLOP’s out-of-town, limited-edition Christmas Special. ABOUT "A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL" Based on the popular 1983 film, "A Christmas Story: The Musical" tells the story of Ralphie Parker, a child in 1940s Indiana, who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. After numerous regional productions, out-of-town tryouts, and national tours, the musical finally opened on Broadway for a limited engagement in 2012. The show features a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The Broadway production cost $9.5 million dollars to produce, making it impossible to pay back investors during the show's limited engagement — officially earning its status as a “flop.” Despite its "failure" on The Great White Way, "A Christmas Story: The Musical" has continued to tour across America, remain popular in the regional market, and was even adapted for television in 2017. Original Broadway Cast • Johnny Rabe/Joe West as Ralphie Parker • Zac Ballard as Randy Parker • Dan Lauria as Jean Shepherd • Erin Dilly as Mother • John Bolton as The Old Man • Caroline O’Connor as Miss Shields • J.D. Rodriguez as Schwartz • Jeremy Shinder as Flick • Jack Mastrianni as Scut Farkus • John Francis Babbo as Grover Dill • Analise Scarpaci as Esther Jane • Beatrice Tulchin as Mary Beth • Eddie Korbich as Santa • Kirsten Wyatt as Mrs. Schwartz • Andrew Cristi as Restaurant Waiter