Turns Out Knock-Off Musicals Called ‘Mockbusters’ Are Totally A Thing

It tastes the same…if you close your eyes.

Have you ever seen a knockoff bag? If you squint, these cheaper options can look like the real thing.

That seems to be the idea behind mockbusters: shows that resemble Broadway hits in style and sound but are similar enough to evoke the same feeling—for much cheaper royalties.

One Reddit user cited an example.

Mockbuster versions of Musicals from musicals

That link leads to a video of The 57th Annual Math Summit which may seem familiar:

The title and the score both echo the hit Broadway show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, but people were divided over whether or not this counted as a mockbuster, or if mockbusters even existed in the first place.

What are your thoughts on mockbusters? Can you think of any others?


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