Broadway shows closing after the new year
It’s the end of the year, and also your last chance to catch several Broadway productions. Those shutting their doors include limited runs and holiday engagements, but the casualties also include several long-running musicals and new productions that failed to catch on. Get tickets before its too late.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Closes Jan. 2 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
After receiving unanimous raves during its Off-Broadway premiere at the Public Theater last spring, this silly rock musical about President Andrew Jackson failed to attract the same young audience that attended “Spring Awakening” and “Hair.”
Closes Jan. 2 at the Broadway Theater.
Unable to find stars worthy of replacing Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes, the producers of this generally enjoyable musical revival have decided to cut their losses and throw in the towel as soon as the pair leaves the show.
Closes Jan. 2 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.
With a run of a little more than a year, this afrobeat dance spectacle wasn’t a total flop. But the political docudrama about the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti didn’t really appeal to tourists or local theatergoers.
West Side Story
Closes Jan. 2 at the Palace Theatre.
This revival of the classic musical, which translated many of Sondheim’s lyrics into Spanish, began strong but has tanked at the box office in recent months. To cut costs, its producers went so far as to replace several musicians with a keyboard synthesizer.
In the Heights
Closes Jan. 9 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
This Latin-flavored Tony-winning hit about contemporary life in Washington Heights has played Broadway for almost three years. To mark its swan song, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s songwriter and original star, will return to the lead role of Usnavi.
Closes Jan. 2 at the Music Box Theatre.
It originally flopped in 1991, but this verse play inspired by Moliere was brought back in order to star David Hyde Pierce and Mark Rylance, who delivers a manic 25-minute monologue. Its limited run is being cut even shorter due to low ticket sales.
A Little Night Music
Closes Jan. 9 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
This musical revival was expected to close as soon Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury left back in June, but then received a last-minute reprieve when Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch agreed to take over.
Next to Normal
Closes Jan. 16 at the Booth Theatre.
Few believed that this risky, intimate musical about a mother suffering from bipolar disorder would last as long as it did. But during its XX month run, it won commercial and critical success and demonstrated that Broadway can indeed support a smart and daring musical.
Women on the Verge
Closes Jan. 23 at the Belasco Theatre.
This was supposed to be the must-see show of the fall. But in spite of its all-star cast of Broadway pros, this musical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s film comedy never came together.