Thursday, November 18, 2010

Final Weeks For 21 Broadway Shows

Final Weeks For 21 Broadway Shows

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:



  • A Life In The Theatre - Limited run closing early on November 28, 2010

  • Mrs. Warren's Profession - Limited run through November 28, 2010

  • The Pitmen Painters - Limited run through December 12, 2010

  • Donny & Marie: A Broadway Christmas - Limited run December 9-30, 2010

  • Brief Encounter - Limited run extended through January 2, 2011

  • Elf - Limited run through January 2, 2011

  • Fela! - Closing notice posted for January 2, 2011

  • Promises, Promises - Closing announced for January 2, 2011

  • The Pee-Wee Herman Show - Limited run through January 2, 2011

  • West Side Story - Closing announced for January 2, 2011

  • Colin Quinn: Long Story Short - Limited run through January 8, 2011

  • A Free Man Of Color - Limited run through January 9, 2011

  • A Little Night Music - Closing notice posted for January 9, 2011

  • In The Heights - Closing notice posted for January 9, 2011

  • La Bête - Limited run closing early on January 9, 2010

  • Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles Limited run through January 9, 2011

  • The Merchant Of Venice - Limited run through January 9, 2011

  • next to normal - Closing announced for January 16, 2011

  • Time Stands Still - Limited run through January 23, 2011

  • Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown - Limited run through January 23, 2011

  • Driving Miss Daisy - Limited run through January 29, 2011



  • 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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    2 Comments:

    At 18 November, 2010, Blogger Linda said...

    I thought Time Stands Still was an open run.

     
    At 18 November, 2010, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

    Time Stands Still has always been billed as a limited run, this time around just running longer than the initial engagement.

     

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