Santino Fontana in Tootsie Photo by Matthew Murphy
January, normally means make way for the new. This year an staggering 11 shows will be doing just that.
January 4: Derren Brown: Secret
Better Off Broadway.
January 5: Tootsie
This show should have been unstoppable what with 10 Tony nominations. The show took home two, with one for Fontana’s amazing break out star turn. The other for Robert Horn’s hilarious book. I expect the show to make its money back on the tour. Could what have stopped this show from lasting longer, be what will derail Mrs. Doutfire?
January 5: The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays
This was a wonderful magical addition.
January 5: Slava’s Snowshow.
Limited run, no surprise.
January 5: Waitress
Sara Bareilles, Waitress moves from Broadway to touring. Earning four Tony nominations the show originally starred Jessie Mueller, then Sara Bareilles, Katharine McPhee, Jordin Sparks and Colleen Ballinger. Jeremy Jordan, Gavin Creel, Todrick Hall also took place in this home spun tale of pie.
Actually how this show made it to Broadway was beyond me. The fact that it lasted this long is amazing in itself. This show also gets a national tour.
January 5: A Christmas Carol
This is no surprise it was a limited run.
January 12: The Sound Inside
Directed by David Cromer, written by Adam Rapp with an emotional gripping performance by Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker and newcomer Will Hochman made this a show to watch.
January 12: Freestyle Love Supreme
Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale. Rap and improv, made the show a more than once see. Guest appearances by Miranda, Wayne Brady, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs and others made this a hit.
January 19: Daniel Fish’s Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma!
The show broke grounds with Tony winner Ali Stroker, but this newly imagined version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic left me cold.
January 19: Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play
Originally off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in 2018 before moving to the Golden Theatre. I can not see this show touring.
On the off broadway side January 5th also sees the closing of the beloved and acclaimed Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof .