22 Feb 2014
Thirty-one years ago today, the legendary flop Moose Murders opened—and closed—on Broadway.
The production was troubled from the outset. Its leading lady, Eve Arden, departed the production after the first preview citing "artistic differences," and Holland Taylor stepped into the role.
The play opened Feb. 22, 1983, following 13 previews, and Frank Rich's scathing review in the New York Times sealed the show's notoriety.
"A visit to Moose Murders," he wrote, "is what will separate the connoisseurs of Broadway disaster from mere dilettantes for many moons to come." But few would have a chance to earn the dubious distinction; the play posted its closing notice after a single performance.
Set in the magical world of La Belle Epoque Paris, where fashion, glamour, and passion prevail, Lerner and Loewe's celebrated musical is a romantic comedy about one young woman's journey to find her true self... and her true love.