Leap Of Faith Is Not The Shortest Running Best Musical Nominee Ever

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Not by a long shot!

Leap is the musical about a con man who connects with his faith and makes a disabled kid walk (if not exactly making people run to the box office).

It just closed after a mere 44 performances on Broadway (including previews). But it's nominated for the Tony for Best Musical, mainly because it's not Spider Man: Turn off The Dark.

Shocking, right? Well, not really. In my research, I've found three shows that ran even shorter and got Best Musical nominations.

And they were all pitch dark.


*Quilters, a show about American pioneer women, which dealt with "girlhood, marriage, children, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness, and death." Party! The result played all of 29 performances in 1984.


*Rags, a well regarded musical set on the Lower East Side in 1910, filled with singing immigrants working in sweatshops. Woo-hoo! It ran a total of 22 performances in '86.

And the biggest winner for the floppiest Best Musical nominee of all:


*The Lieutenant, a rock opera about the My Lai massacre! This one racked up a staggeringly paltry 16 performances in 1975, thanks to tunes like "I Don't Want To Go Over To Vietnam" and "On Trial For My Life."

How off-the-radar was it?

Even I didn't see it!

But the Tony committee did and they deemed it worthy of four nominations, including Best Musical, so The Lieutenant definitely was worth saluting on some level.


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Mookindahouse
Mookindahouse

" Rags, a well regarded musical set on the Lower East Side in 1910, filled with singing immigrants working in sweatshops."

wait, isn't that the plot of Ragtime?

Musto
Musto

PS: Here are a few other short runs that got a Best Musical nomination:

Amour, 48 performances; Candide (1957), 73 perfs; Mack and Mabel, 71; Happy End (1977), 75 performances--and it starred Meryl Streep; Juan Darien (a Julie Taymor show), 69; Blues in the Night, a review with Leslie Uggams, 66 perfs....

Keating3232
Keating3232

I thought it closed on this past Sunday, not Wednesday as you have it.

Benjee
Benjee

A rock musical about the My Lai Massacre?????

Timmee
Timmee

The logo for that show is stupifying.

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

Must have been a very bad year for Lieutenant to have gotten nominated.

Ickabod
Ickabod

I am amazed by this. I thought for sure "Leap" was the shortest running best musical nominee ever. Amazing.

Dandy
Dandy

Thanks for this! You know it all.

Mookindahouse
Mookindahouse

Lieutenant sounds like a much darker Miss Saigon...

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