What gives some musicals longevity and makes others fade from popular culture? No doubt, the demands for a viable book, an impressive score, and a high entertainment quotient are important. But if shows like The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, and Hello, Dolly! can keep selling tickets, why are there few, if any revivals of musicals like Ben Franklin in Paris, Illya Darling, and How Now, Dow Jones? Their lack of any sign of life beyond their original Broadway production becomes almost perversely intriguing.
Sometimes shows like No Strings, Fiorello! and George M! had sizable runs that left audiences highly entertained. Where are they today? Lost in the archives of Broadway for any number of reasons.