Case in point: Gina Gershon, who will be playing Rosie in the upcoming revival of Bye Bye Birdie, recently revealed in the Daily News that this newest version of Birdie will not include the Shriners’ ballet number because it "seemed a little too gang rape-y".
I did a little digging to find out what other numbers have made their way in and out of shows over the years (for better or for worse). Here were some of my favorites that thankfully got heard, whether on Broadway or another stage.
“Marry Me A Little” was cut from the original Broadway version of Company but was reinserted in later versions. The song served as inspiration for a 1980 musical review by the same name that featured a number of songs cut from several Sondheim musicals. Here is Raúl Esparza's version from the 2006 revival.
"I Saw Him Once" was included in the London Original version of Les Misérables but didn't make it when the show moved to Broadway. This is the version sung by Rebecca Caine.
"Come Down from the Tree" was cut from Once On This Island. Audra McDonald later recorded it.