's Guide to January 2011 Show Closings

BroadwayWorld offers highlights of the several productions which will complete their Broadway runs in January, 2011.

Closing January 2, 2011

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
First Preview: 09/20/2010
Opened: 10/13/2010
Closes: 01/02/2011

Book by Alex Timbers; Music by Michael Friedman; Lyrics by Michael Friedman. Directed by Alex Timbers; Choreographed by Danny Mefford.

Producers: The Joseph Papp Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival (Oskar Eustis: Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson: Executive Director), Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Norton Herrick & Herrick Entertainment, Susan Quint Gallin/Mary Lu Roffe/Jennifer Manocherian, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Universal Pictures, Nancy C. Paduano/Harold Thau, Toula C. Phillips and Center Theatre Group (Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director; Charles Dillingham, Managing Director).

Original Cast: James BarryHeath CalvertMaria Christina-OliverasAiden EyrickErin FelgarDarren GoldsteinGreg HildrethJeff HillerEli JamesJoe JungLucas Near-Verbrugghe, Kristine NielsenCameron OcasioBryce PinkhamNadia QuinnMaria Elena RamirezKate Cullen RobertsBen Steinfeld, Benjamin WalkerEmily Young.

This spring's biggest downtown hit was undoubtedly Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. The New York Times called it "the season's best musical” and audiences flocked to The Public Theater to see what the daring young creative team Alex Timbers (writer/director) and Michael Friedman (composer/lyricist) had cooked up. By populist demand, their bloody brilliant show packed up its tight, tight jeans and moved to Broadway!

In Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, rising star Benjamin Walker reprises his role as America's first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States -- who cares if he didn’t have permission? An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation’s founding rock stars, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson recreates and reinvents the life of “Old Hickory,” from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as our seventh Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question, is wanting to have a beer with someone enough reason to elect him? What if he’s really hot?
Brief Encounter
Studio 54
First Preview: 09/10/2010
Opened: 09/28/2010
Closes: 01/02/2011

Written by Noël Coward; Adapted by Emma Rice. Directed by Emma Rice.

Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director).

Original Cast: Joseph AlessiDorothy Atkinson, Damon DaunnoGabriel EbertEdward JayAnnette McLaughlinAdam PleethTristan SturrockHannah Yelland.

Brief Encounter is an imaginative new work that combines elements of Noël Coward’s beloved screenplay, and the one act play on which it was based, with song, dance and Technicolor displays of emotion.

This breakout hit from London’s Kneehigh Theatre played a sold out run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn,

NY and has also played critically acclaimed engagements at ACT and the Guthrie Theater.
Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas
Marquis Theatre
First Preview: 12/09/2010
Opened: 12/14/2010
Closes: 01/02/2011

Directed & Choreographed by Barry Lather.

Producers: Gregory Young, Jon B. Platt, Magic Arts & Entertainment and Newspace Entertainment.

Original Cast: Matthew Fish, Karl Hendrickson, Jermaine Johnson, Kelene Johnson, Makinzee Love, Richard McAmish, Donny OsmondMarie Osmond, Jessie Thacker, Jaymz Tuaileva, Ashley Williams, Ivy Michelle Williams.

In the holiday tradition of the "Osmond Family Christmas" television specials, Donny & Marie invite you and your family to join them to celebrate the joy of the season in true Osmond fashion, in person, as the pair share a Broadway stage for the first time. With their trademark show-stopping Christmas production numbers, Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas features your favorite hits mixed with the irresistible chemistry that made them international stars.
Elf: The Musical
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
First Preview: 11/02/2010
Opened: 11/14/2010
Closes: 01/02/2011

Book by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan; Music by Matthew Sklar; Lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Directed & Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.

Producer: Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures.

Original Cast: Timothy J. AlexSebastian ArcelusCallie CarterCara CooperLisa GajdaAsmeret GhebremichaelMatthew Gumley, Blake HammondJenny HillStacey Todd HoltEmily HsuMark JacobyNancy JohnstonMarc KesslerBeth LeavelMatt LoehrMichael MandellMichael McCormickMatthew SchechterMichael James ScottAmy SpangerNoah WeisbergGeorge WendtLee A. WilkinsValerie WrightKirsten Wyatt.

One of the most beloved Hollywood holiday hits of the past decade is born again – on the Broadway stage! Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth and Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Featuring an all-star creative team led by three time Tony-nominated director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot), Tony-winning book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and the Tony-nominated songwriting team of Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), Elf is the one present everyone wants this holiday season. So discover your inner Elf at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
First Preview: 10/19/2009
Opened: 11/23/2009
Closes: 01/02/2011

Book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones; Music by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel. Directed & Choreographed by Bill T. Jones.

Producers: Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Roy Gabay, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Edward Tyler Nahem, Slava Smolokowski, Chip Meyrelles/Ken Greiner, Douglas G. Smith, Steve Semlitz/Cathy Glaser, Daryl Roth/True Love Productions, Susan Dietz/Mort Swinsky, Knitting Factory Entertainment, Alicia Keys.

Original Cast: Anne V. AndreCorey BakerHettie Vyrine BarnhillLauren De VeauxNicole Chantal De Weever, Elasea DouglasRujeko DumbutshenaCatherine Foster, Rasaan Elijah "Talu" Green, Shaneeka HarrellAbena KoomsonIsmael KouyatéGelan LambertFarai MaliangaKevin MamboShakira MarshallAfi McClendonMaia McKinneySahr NgaujahAdesola OsakalumiJeffrey PageSaycon SengblohDaniel SotoJill M. ValleryLillias White, J.L. WilliamsIris WilsonAimee Graham Wodobode.

His story inspired a nation. His music inspired the world. The Tony Award-winning Fela!, is the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation.

Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

Fela! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony-Award winner Bill T. Jones.

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