Baker’s Dozen + 1 extra

Twice a year Broadway sheds a number of shows as limited runs ends and shows run out of steam.  It generally happens in January and June as the months after are a generally lower ticket sales/fewer tourists zone.  This is a good thing as theater is a live experience that is not there forever like movies or theme parks.  This year is no different.

I’ll go through by closing date, theater name, show closing, my notes and what is coming next.  Warning, this will be a longer post  than usual.

  • December 31 – BROADWAY – Fiddler On The Roof – what a great production of this beloved classic with innovative features and going on tour.  See it if you can.  Another of my favorites, Miss Saigon, comes along after.  Looking forward to that.
  • January 1 – PALACE – The Illusionists, Turn of the Century – pretty good and very enjoyable magic show.  To be followed by a new production of Sunset Boulevard, limited run with Glenn Close.  I saw the original some decades ago and not likely to catch this one as discount tickets will be nowhere to be found.
  • January 1 – ST. JAMES – Something Rotten! – Terrific show and one of the rare Broadway shows I saw twice.  If you like theater and can catch the tour, do so.  This closed earlier than it deserved.  To be followed by Present Laughter, a Noel Coward play featuring Kevin Kline that sounds quite interesting.  Soon after the theater will close to absorb the alley between it and the Helen Hayes to expand their stage and make room for the rumored residency of the new Frozen stage musical.
  • January 1 – SHUBERT – Matilda – enjoyable show that got a nice long run.  TO be followed by Bette Midler in the return of Hello Dolly!
  • January 8 – BOOTH – Les Liaisons Dangereuse – Didn’t work for me.  Coming into my favorite Broadway house is Significant Other, a show that was praised in it’s Off-Broadway and Boston runs.
  • January 8 – WALTER KERR – Falsettos – Haven’t seen yet and may not before it closes.  The ticket lottery requires taking some control of my Twitter feed which I will not allow so maybe not this time.
  • January 8 – JOHN GOLDEN – The Encounter – great sound, interesting staging, fascinating story, good performance that never came together for me as a well rounded show.  Coming next is the play A Doll’s House Part 2, essentially what happens after Nora walks out.  Sounds interesting and always happy to welcome a new play to Broadway.
  • January 8 – BERNARD B. JACOBS – The Color Purple – John Doyle does it again with a great staging.  I loved it.  Coming next is Bandstand, an interesting project with Laura Osnes.
  • January 15 – STUDIO 54 – Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical – Lots of fun, though hardly new.  Coming next is the new Lynn Nottage play Sweat.  I admire Ms. Nottage’s writing and again – a new play on Broadway.  Reviews for this play off-Broadway were terrific.
  • January 15 – GERALD SCHOENFELD – The Humans – One of the best new plays on New York stages this year, highly recommended if you can catch a good production.  Coming next is Come From Away, a new musical about a small Canadian town that unexpectedly plays host to 38 plane loads of people suddenly grounded on September 11, 2001.  Sounds interesting…
  • January 15 – AUGUST WILSON – Jersey Boys – This long running energetic musical should be seen at least once and I assume will continue touring for a while.  Following that is another expected blockbuster, Groundhog Day, which got great reviews in London led by Andy Karl.
  • January 22 – LYCEUM – Oh Hello on Broadway – extended twice and funny to a generation after mine.  Thought it pretty good but entirely too much tuna.  Coming next is a show that also had good London reviews, The Play that Goes Wrong.  Let’s see if they can come close to Noises Off!
  • January 29 – BROADHURST – The Front Page – a star studded vehicle who’s 1930’s script has gotten some poor reviews.  Thought I wouldn’t get a chance to see, but some openings popping up on my discount services so we shall see. To be followed by a stage adaptation of the animated Anastasia.

And the one extra?  The underdog a cappella musical In Transit at the CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE has low grosses and attendance and is heavily rumored to close any day now.  A pity as I was surprised how much I liked it.  Rumored to being pursued by the Daniel Craig Othello and perhaps after that by the Tony Shaloub The Band’s Visit.  Personally, if it must close early, I would love to see Small Mouth Sounds move in.

Whew!  Lots happening here on Broadway, hope you have a prosperous 2017!


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