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BWW Flashback: FIRST DATE with Zachary Levi & Krysta Rodriguez Wraps Broadway Run Tonight

FIRST DATE, which opened on August 8, 2013 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre, plays its final performance today, Sunday, January 5, 2014, at 3pm, having played 34 previews and 174 regular performances. First Date, starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, began performances on Broadway on July 9, 2013, and has a book by Austin Winsberg, music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, direction by Bill Berry, musical staging by Josh Rhodes, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum.

Below, BWW pays tribute to Broadway's musical romantic comedy with a photo and video flashback of some of the highlights from the show's run!

When tightly wound Aaron (Levi) is set up with serial-dater Casey (Rodriguez) a quick drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious, high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds they are not alone on this date as Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons and the wait staff get into the act. Dinner is served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.FIRST DATE is Broadway's new hysterical and hopeful new musical about the chances we take to find love.

Below, scroll through for production shots and highlights from FIRST DATE!

Photos by Joan Marcus

Krysta Rodriguez

Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez

Bryce Ryness, Kate Loprest, Kristoffer Cusick, Sara Chase

Krysta Rodriguez, Kristoffer Cusick

Krysta Rodriguez, Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi, Sara Chase

FIRST DATE stars Levi and Rodriguez, and features Sara Chase, Kristoffer Cusick, Blake Hammond, Kate Loprest and Bryce Ryness, in a cast that includes Eric Ankrim, Kevin Kern, Vicki Noon and Sydney Shepherd. The Cast Album of FIRST DATE debuted at number 1 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart and was the highest ranking new cast album on the Billboard charts at its debut. Executive produced by Altar Identity Studios and released by Yellow Sound Label, the Album is available digitally on iTunes and, and the CD is available at the Longacre Theatre, in stores and everywhere music is sold.

FIRST DATE was originally co-produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre (David Armstrong, Executive Producer and Artistic Director; Bernadine Griffin, Managing Director; Bill Berry, Producing Director), and A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, WA (Kurt Beattie, Artistic Director; Carlo Scandiuzzi, Executive Director) from March 10 to May 20, 2012.

The cast of FIRST DATE took their first official bows on August 8 at the Longacre Theatre, and BroadwayWorld was on the scene - check out photos and videos from opening night below!

Photos by Jessica Gordon

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