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Has there ever been a successful sequel-musical? 
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SomeoneLikeYou wrote:
George Gershwin's Let 'Em Eat Cake. It's the sequel to his musical masterpiece, Of Thee I Sing, and the score remains top-notch...although the plot is darkened significantly.



Let Em Eat Cake is respected now but it was a major Flop when it premiered.

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Do you think it would've been more successful if the timing of its release had been different? Communism wasn't exactly popular fare in the 1930s.

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Mungojerrie_rt wrote:
There's all of those Nunsense ones.

Yeah, but all of them except the original are dreadful. And because the sequels rely so much on the context of the whole series (quality art is capable of standing on its own and needs no context), you practically never see free-standing productions of anything but the original. There's no point in producing the sequels unless your company does the whole series as a repertoire with a core cast - and even then, it doesn't last forever because patrons get bored with the tired formula and declining quality. I wouldn't say the Nunsense sequels could be considered successful on any level: artistic OR commercial.

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I can't think of any sequels that did well in the musical genre, but in opera, probably the most successful sequel is Mozart's La Nozze di Figaro, which is technically the follow-up to Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. These operas themselves were based on plays by Beaumarchais that also came one after the other as sequels of a sort.

Just in case someone thought it couldn't be done. :)

EDIT- Of course, I'm purposely neglecting to mention that after Figaro and Barbiere came a last sequel, called Figaro Gets A Divorce. That one failed, righteously.


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Canadian Drama Geek wrote:
EDIT- Of course, I'm purposely neglecting to mention that after Figaro and Barbiere came a last sequel, called Figaro Gets A Divorce. That one failed, righteously.


You're joking, right? The third Figaro play is called "The Guilty Mother."


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I meant in terms of operas. The Guilty Mother comes third in terms of the original plays, but I'm not kidding. Figaro Gets Divorced was written by Giselher Klebe in 1963.

However, The Guilty Mother was incorporated into John Corigliano's 1980 opera The Ghosts Of Versailles.


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Bring Back Birdie????? Seriously????? Donald O'Conner what where you thinking???

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Brock07 wrote:
Bring Back Birdie????? Seriously????? Donald O'Conner what where you thinking???

Probably that, following one success, enough people might pay for a sequel to be worth his while. The same thing the people behind any sequel in any medium are thinking.

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Post Re: Has there ever been a successful sequel-musical?
I have as soft spot for Annie Warbucks, but I understand that it didn't do too well commercially.

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I think there are some sequel-musical which are just amazing like Annie Warbucks over Annie and PLAID TIDINGS.

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