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Glinda (C-L), played by Lucy Durack, and Elphaba (C-R), played by Amanda Harrison, perform in the highly acclaimed Broadway musical "Wicked" during the preview in Sydney on September 10, 2009 (TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

Tax season may be stressful, but most Americans' tax woes are dwarfed by the financial headache brought about producing Broadway shows. Substantial amounts of money are poured into productions with no guarantee of a return on investment.

Here are some of the biggest gambles producers took when mounting shows—and not all of them paid off.

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