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When it comes to Broadway musicals, we try to accentuate the positive. We love to celebrate a genius breakthrough such as Hamilton. We get misty-eyed when the Tony Awards hand out prizes. We curate a list of the best Broadway shows because we want to share our enthusiasm. But anyone who enjoys song-and-dance spectacles has a dark side where they keep a list of the tackiest, dumbest musicals they’ve ever seen. Yes, there’s a flop vulture inside each of us, secretly hoping that musical X, Y or Z coming down the pike is going to be as crappy as it looks. Truth is, there are bad musicals which are merely mediocre and forgettable, and then there are dumpster fires aboard trains that are speeding toward the edge of cliff. Hence this list, a chronological reckoning of the worst Broadway musicals we’ve seen since 2000, a mix of horribly awkward outsider art, crimes against literature, bottom-feeder jukebox trash and deeply misconceived film-to-musical adaptations. They represent about 50 hours of agony, boredom and embarrassment in the theater. Yet today, we present them and say: Enjoy!
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