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Happy Trails! Say Goodbye to Broadway's Departing Shows!

A slew of plays and musicals will open on Broadway in Spring 2015, but where there is good news, there is also sad. To make room for highly-anticipated new productions such as Finding Neverland, On the Twentieth Century and Doctor Zhivago, some of our most beloved shows must close for good.

Below, BroadwayWorld salutes the shows that will soon be taking their final Broadway bows. Get your tickets now to catch them while you still can!


Closing Night: January 3, 2015 at the Broadway Theatre

Closing Cast: Keke Palmer, NeNe Leakes, Joe Carroll, Judy Kaye, Peter Bartlett, Todd Buonopane, Stephanie Gibson, Laura Irion, Phumzile Sojola

About the Show: With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements - glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

Side Show

Closing Night: January 4, 2015 at the St. James Theatre

Closing Cast: Erin Davie, Emily Padgett, Matthew Hydzik, Robert Joy, Ryan Silverman, David St. Louis

About the Show: Directed by Academy Award®-winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, Gods and Monsters) making his Broadway debut, this exciting new staging ofSIDE SHOW has "the flash and velocity of a Hollywood motion picture" and "puts gripping emotion in the main tent" (Los Angeles Times). Based on the legendary Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, SIDE SHOW follows their heartwarming search for first love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight. The world of SIDE SHOW is set against the backdrop of 1920's and '30s show business that seamlessly blend the worlds of carnival, vaudeville, and Hollywood glamour.


Closing Night: January 4, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre

Closing Cast: Josh Kaufman, Carly Hughes, John Dossett, Charlotte d'Amboise, Rachel Bay Jones, Priscilla Lopez

About the Show: PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including "Corner of the Sky," "Magic To Do," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song." The original production of Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977.

This Is Our Youth

Closing Night: January 4, 2015 at the Cort Theatre

Closing Cast: Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson

About the Show: Set in New York in 1982, THIS IS OUR YOUTH follows forty-eight hours in the lives of three very lost young souls: Warren (Cera), a dejected nineteen year old who has just stolen $15,000 from his abusive, tycoon father; Dennis (Culkin), his charismatic drug-dealing friend who helps Warren put the stolen money to good use; and Jessica (Gevinson), the anxiously insightful young woman who Warren yearns for. Funny, painful and compassionate, This is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment when many young people go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers -- far more sophisticated than their parents realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine.

Rock of Ages

Closing Night: January 18, 2015 at the Helen Hayes Theatre

Closing Cast: Constantine Maroulis, Lauren Zakrin, Chester See, Genson Blimline, Adam Dannheisser, Frankie J. Grande, Josephine Rose Roberts, Paul Schoeffler, Teresa Stanley

About the Show: The music that ignited a generation is heating up Broadway in the five-time Tony Award-nominated musical ROCK OF AGES. The hilarious, tongue-in-cheek love story erupts into Broadway's Best Party, all to the sounds of such feel-good, sing-out-loud songs as "I Wanna Know What Love Is", "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Wanted Dead Or Alive," "Here I Go Again", "Don't Stop Believin" and more.


Closing Night: January 4, 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Closing Cast: Paul Alexander Nolan, Jessie Fisher, Laurel Griggs, David Patrick Kelly, Sophie Knapp, Katrina Lenk, Anne L. Nathan, Lucas Papaelias, Scott Stangland, Andy Taylor, Ryan Vona, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty, J. Michael Zygo

About the Show: Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Oncedraws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

The Real Thing

Closing Night: January 4, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre

Closing Cast: Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon, Josh Hamilton, Alex Breaux, Ronan Raftery, Madeline Weinstein, Rebecca Brooksher, Nick Dillenburg, Rae Gray, Matthew Greer

About the Show: The Real Thing returned to Broadway in a stirring and sensual new production. This Tony Award-winning play by Tom Stoppard (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia) first seduced audiences in London and New York nearly 30 years ago. Henry (McGregor) is a playwright not so happily married to Charlotte (Nixon), the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry's affair with their friend Annie (Gyllenhaal) threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can't help but wonder whether their love is fiction or The Real Thing. Delectably witty and deeply affecting, The Real Thing takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity, and the passions that often blur our perception of love.


Closing Night: January 18, 2015 at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre

Closing Cast: Josh Tower, Krystal Joy Brown, Charl Brown, Bryan Terrell Clark, Nathaniel Xavier Cullors, Samuel Pickens, Ryan Shaw

About the Show: Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown the Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross,Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Featuring all the classics you love, Motown the Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. You can experience the next electrifying chapter in the Motown story on Broadway throughJanuary 18 and across the country in a city near you.

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