Curtain coming down on these 7 Broadway shows in January

[10360]_WAYNE, SPANGLER, MILGRIM, GREENE, FONTANA in TOOTSIE, Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2019
Santino Fontana and company in “Tootsie.” (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

As is the case virtually every year, a large number of Broadway shows will close in January, making way for a whole new slate of plays and musicals.

Below are several Broadway productions (plus one high-profile Off-Broadway revival) that will soon say farewell, leaving theatergoers with one last opportunity to catch them. 

This list excludes limited-time holiday attractions such as “A Christmas Carol,” “Slava’s Snow Show,” “The Lightning Thief,” “Harry Connick Jr.” and “The Illusionists.”


Based on the 1982 film comedy starring Dustin Hoffman as a temperamental out-of-work actor who disguises himself as a woman and becomes an overnight sensation, “Tootsie” opened in April to mixed reviews, with much praise for leading man Santino Fontana. Coincidentally, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” another musical based on a film comedy about a cross-dressing actor, will soon open.

Marquis Theatre. 210 W. 46th St., tootsiemusical.com. Through Jan 5.


Jordin Sparks in “Waitress.” (Photo by Matt Murphy)

Although it opened during the same season as “Hamilton,” this musical adaptation of the 2007 film of the same name about a pregnant woman in a troubled marriage has enjoyed an impressive three-and-a-half-year run. Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, who wrote the score, entered the cast and played the lead role multiple times. 

Brooks Atkinson Theatre. 256 W. 47th St., waitressthemusical.com. Through Jan. 5.

Fiddler on the Roof – in Yiddish

Bruce Sabath, Kirk Geritano, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Michael Einav, Mikhl Yashinsky, Adam B. Shapiro, Bobby Underwood, Drew Seigla and Steven Skybell in “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s acclaimed Yiddish-language revival of “Fiddler” premiered in July 2018 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City, extended its run multiple times and then transferred Off-Broadway. Arriving not long after the last Broadway revival of “Fiddler,” the production (which is directed by Joel Grey and provides English and Russian supertitles for the non-Yiddish-speaking) is a remarkable step in the life of an already monumental musical.

Stage 42, 422 West 42nd St., fiddlernyc.com. Through Jan. 5.

Freestyle Love Supreme

Chris Sullivan, Christopher Jackson, Anthony Veneziale, Utkarsh Ambudkar, James Monroe Iglehart, Kurt Crowley (on keyboard back), and Arthur Lewis (on keyboard front) in “Freestyle Love Supreme” at The Booth Theatre. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Before Lin-Manuel Miranda won fame as the songwriter and star of “In the Heights” and then “Hamilton,” he was a co-founder of the hip-hop improv comedy group “Freestyle Love Supreme.” Following a one-night engagements in New York nightclubs and an Off-Broadway run earlier this year, the current members of the group have taken their act to Broadway. 

Booth Theatre through Jan. 5. 222 W. 45th St., freestylelovesupreme.com. Through Jan. 12.

The Sound Inside

Mary-Louise Parker in “The Sound Inside.” (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Playwright Adam Rapp (“Red Light Winter”) made his long-delayed Broadway debut with this mystery drama starring Mary Louise-Parker as a sick college professor whose life is shaken up by the arrival of a gifted and difficult male freshman. It is a real rarity – a direct, actionless, slim piece that sounds as if it will be a bore but instead turns out to be uniformly engrossing.  

Studio 54. 254 W. 54th St., soundinsidebroadway.com. Through Jan. 12.

Slave Play

Annie McNamara and Sullivan Jones in Slave Play. (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Whether you love it or hate it, Jeremy O. Harris’s experimental, politically incorrect work about three mixed-race couples who engage in role play invoking plantation life in the Old South has not failed to make its presence known, attracting visits by high-profile celebrities and rancor from some attendees who were outraged by the content.

Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., slaveplaybroadway.com. Through Jan. 19.


Damon Daunno and Rebecca Naomi Jones in “Oklahoma!” (Photo by Little Fang Photo)

Defying all expectations, Daniel Fish’s experimental, scaled-down and menacing reinterpretation of the classic 1943 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” (which ends with blood splattered all over the lead romantic couple) went from Bard College to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn to Broadway, where it won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. 

Circle in the Square Theatre. 1633 Broadway, oklahomabroadway.com. Through Jan. 19.