Critic-Proof Theatre

The critics are scathing, and Frank Wildhorn’s musicals have failed to turn a profit on Broadway. (Newsday’s Linda Winer says that Wildhorn writes “dunderheaded musicals for people who find Andrew Lloyd Webber too difficult.”) But “even without making a profit on Broadway, and without critical approbation — but on the strength of his devoted fans — these shows can still earn money in international, regional, stock and amateur productions, as well as through recordings.” So Wildhorn keeps cranking them out.