Flop Musicals Fail to Please Broadway NPR's Melissa Block talks with Ben Brantley, theater critic for The New York Times, about a recent series of flops on Broadway. Brantley says this is the dreariest season he's ever known. The show Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All closed after one night. Bobbi Boland, starring Farrah Fawcett, never even opened: it closed while still in previews. And Bounce the much-awaited new musical from Stephen Sondheim, which should have been Broadway gold, won't make it to Broadway at all.