More Fabulous Flops

The series that celebrates the best and worst of musical theatre is back - only this time the team travel across the pond to the bright lights of Broadway.

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The series that celebrates the best and worst of musical theatre is back - only this time the team travel across the pond to the bright lights of Broadway.

Elaine Stritch tells all about Goldilocks, John Barr reveals the delights of Batboy, Eric Stern spills the beans on One Night Stand (which lasted, predictably, one night only), and Judy Kaye remembers the part she played in the Middle-Eastern comedy musical Oh Brother!

They also seek out the creative team behind Bingo - The Musical, currently playing off-Broadway.

Will it prove to be the real home of genuine applause?

Was Bat Boy fang-tastic? Paul Roseby searches New York and London for musical failures.

With Elaine Stritch and Sandi Toksvig.

Was Bat Boy fang-tastic? Paul Roseby searches New York and London for musical failures. With Elaine Stritch and Sandi Toksvig.

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Paul Roseby surveys the musical wreckage of Annie 2, and weeps when Henry VIII finally gets to sing. With Elaine Stritch.

Paul Roseby surveys the musical wreckage of Annie 2 and weeps when Henry VIII gets to sing

We mourn the death of Annie 2 while Nichola Mcauliffe spills the beans on Murderous Instincts.

Paul Roseby surveys the musical wreckage of Annie 2 - and weeps when Henry VIII finally gets to sing.

With Elaine Stritch.

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is the theme, including the cringeworthy In My Life, a show about a boy with Tourette's Syndrome in which God appears as a jingle writer.

Disbelieve in Fire Angel, the god of comedy Ray Cooney's musical based on The Merchant of Venice; cover your ears at Wilde, DJ god Mike Read's flop that crashed and burned; and delight in our look at Stephen Sondheim, god of musicals, the genius composer who just can't get a hit on Broadway.

Paul Roseby surveys DJ Mike Read's one night musical about Oscar Wilde.

Paul Roseby surveys DJ Mike Read's one night musical about Oscar Wilde - and the Broadway frustrations of Stephen Sondheim.

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Paul Roseby concludes his look at Tinseltown turkeys with shows that got big laughs on Broadway for all the wrong reasons.

We go Behind The Iron Mask, look at Legs Diamond and into then into the mind of Carrie.

Paul Roseby concludes his look at Tinseltown turkeys.

Paul Roseby looks at shows that got big laughs on Broadway for all the wrong reasons.