As incredible as that headline sounds, it's for real.
A whopping 21 Broadway shows out of 39 will be closing between now and the end of January 2011. Yes, over half of the shows currently on the Great White Way will be gone in less than two months.
Among those 21 shows, 17 of them are scheduled to close during the month of January (although one could possibly extend beyond). That number may seem inordinately high, especially coming off two consecutive Januarys in which we lamented the closing of an unusually large number of shows due to the perennial winter doldrums coupled with a poor economy.
However, unlike the last two years, 10 of the shows set to close in January are limited runs shuttering on schedule. And among the four shows concluding performances between now and the end of the year (including one, pictured right, that hasn't even opened yet), all but one of them is also a limited run closing as scheduled.
Additionally, it should be noted that of the seven other shows closing in January, five of them -- A Little Night Music, Fela!, In The Heights, next to normal and West Side Story -- will not only have been performing on Broadway's boards for over a year, but each has earned at least one Tony Award, including In The Heights' Best Musical Tony from 2008. And did I mention next to normal's belated Pulitzer Prize?
With box office doing quite well in recent weeks -- grosses hit $22,656,843 just last week -- it's fair to say that things seem to be looking up for the Great White Way, which is relatively flush with green. Of course, it's entirely possible that there are additional closing notices looming for other Broadway shows that aren't faring well at the box office. But I won't speculate here on what else may not be long for this world.
Here's the current schedule of shows set to close between now and the end of January:
So, dear readers, which of these shows are you going to make a point of seeing before they close?
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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