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Say Good- Bye 11 Shows Are Closing on Broadway

Say Good- Bye 11 Shows Are Closing on Broadway

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.

 Photo by Matthew Murphy.

January 4Derren 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 5The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays 

Dom Chambers, Chris Cox, Paul Dabek, Eric Chien, Kevin James, and Enzo Weyne Photo by Joan Marcus

This was a wonderful magical addition.

Curtsey of Slava’s Snowshow

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.

Kristen Stokes, Chris McCarrell, Jorrel Javier Photo by Jeremy Daniel

January 5: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical 

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.

Campbell Scott Andrea Martin LaChanze Photo by Joan Marcus

January 5: A Christmas Carol 

This is no surprise it was a limited run.

Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman Photo by Jeremy Daniel

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.

Kaila Mullady, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Anthony Veneziale, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Aneesa Folds, Kurt Crowley (on keyboard back), and Arthur Lewis (on keyboard front) in Freestyle Love Supreme photo by Joan Marcus

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.

James Cusati-Moyer and Ato Blankson-Wood Photo by Matthew Murphy

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.

Steven Skybell, Photo by Matthew Murphy

On the off broadway side January 5th also sees the closing of the beloved and acclaimed Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof .

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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