BroadwayWorld.com'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
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 Barry, Heath Calvert, Maria Christina-Oliveras, Aiden Eyrick, Erin Felgar, Darren Goldstein, Greg Hildreth, Jeff Hiller, Eli James, Joe Jung, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Kristine Nielsen, Cameron Ocasio, Bryce Pinkham, Nadia Quinn, Maria Elena Ramirez, Kate Cullen Roberts, Ben Steinfeld, Benjamin Walker, Emily Young.
First Preview: 09/10/2010
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 Alessi, Dorothy Atkinson, Damon Daunno, Gabriel Ebert, Edward Jay, Annette McLaughlin, Adam Pleeth, Tristan Sturrock, Hannah 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
First Preview: 12/09/2010
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 Osmond, Marie 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
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. Alex, Sebastian Arcelus, Callie Carter, Cara Cooper, Lisa Gajda, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Matthew Gumley, Blake Hammond, Jenny Hill, Stacey Todd Holt, Emily Hsu, Mark Jacoby, Nancy Johnston, Marc Kessler, Beth Leavel, Matt Loehr, Michael Mandell, Michael McCormick, Matthew Schechter, Michael James Scott, Amy Spanger, Noah Weisberg, George Wendt, Lee A. Wilkins, Valerie Wright, Kirsten 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.
|The Pee-Wee Herman Show
Stephen Sondheim Theatre
First Preview: 10/26/2010
Production created and conceived by Paul Reubens; Written by Paul Reubens and Bill Steinkellner; Additional Material by John Paragon. Directed by Alex Timbers; Choreographed by Wendy Seyb.
Producers: Scott Sanders Productions, Adam S. Gordon, Allan S. Gordon, Élan V. McAllister, Roy Miller, Carol R. Fineman, Scott Zeilinger Productions/Radio Mouse Entertainment and StylesFour Productions/RAndy Donaldson/Tim Laczynski.
Original Cast: Oliver Dalzell, Lexy Fridell, Jesse Garcia, Haley Jenkins, Phil LaMarr, Matt Leabo, Josh Meyers, John Moody, Eric Novak, Adam Pagdon, John Paragon, Drew Powell, Paul Reubens, Lance Roberts, Ceasar Samayoa, Jessica Scott, Lynne Marie Stewart, Amanda Villalobos, Chris de Ville.
Pee-Wee Herman is an American icon. His groundbreaking Saturday morning television show and hyperkinetic, bow-tied persona shaped a generation. Now, at long last, Pee-wee's starring on Broadway in a live extravaganza!
Big, bold and uniquely fabulous, The Pee-Wee Herman Show is a stage play with music that reunites Pee-wee (the one-and-only Paul Reubens) with the beloved Playhouse gang - Miss Yvonne, Mailman Mike, Cowboy Curtis, Jambi the Genie, Pterri, Conky, Chairry and many more! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Pee-wee's Playhouse come to wacky, unpredictable life!
Get ready to be amazed, scream real loud and laugh even louder at The Pee-Wee Herman Show. It's so good, you’ll want to marry it!
First Preview: 03/27/2010
Book by Neil Simon; Music by Burt Bacharach; Lyrics by Hal David. Directed & Choreographed by Rob Ashford.
Producers: Broadway Across America (John Gore, CEO; Thomas B. McGrath, Chairman; Beth Williams, COO & Head of Production), Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, The Weinstein Company, Terry Allen Kramer, Candy Spelling, Pat Addiss, Bernie Abrams/Michael Speyer and Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand.
Original Cast: Cameron Adams, Ashley Amber, Helen Anker, Brooks Ashmanskas, Nathan Balser, Peter Benson, Wendi Bergamini, Kristin Chenoweth, Nikki Renée Daniels, Sarah Jane Everman, Katie Finneran, Tony Goldwyn, Sean Hayes, Seán Martin Hingston, Chelsea Krombach, Keith Kühl, Ken Land, Dick Latessa, Matt Loehr, Mayumi Miguel, Brian O'Brien, Sarah O'Gleby, Adam Perry, Megan Sikora, Matt Wall, Ryan Watkinson, Kristen Beth Williams.
It’s Manhattan. It’s the '60s. And the city is back in full swing, in Broadway’s first-ever revival of Promises, Promises - starring Emmy® Award winner Sean Hayes (Will and Grace) as the enterprising associate on the way up, and Tony Award® winner Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked) as the cafeteria waitress whose romantic troubles have got her down. This smart and sexy musical is based on the Oscar®-winning Billy Wilder film, The Apartment.
The creative team is a perfect cocktail: a splashy score by the Academy Award®-winning team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, including such songs as "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" and the straight-up swinging title tune… Add a book that takes turns tickling your funny bone and breaking your heart, courtesy of the legendary Neil Simon… Top it all off with a sparkling blend of direction and choreography by Tony Award® winner Rob Ashford—and you’ve got an intoxicating evening of Broadway magic.
|West Side Story
First Preview: 02/23/2009
Book by Arthur Laurents; Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Translations: Lin-Manuel Miranda. Directed by Arthur Laurents; Originally Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins; Original Co-Choreographer: Peter Gennaro; Choreography Reproduced by Joey McKneely.
Producers: Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller, Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman/Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, The Weinstein Company and Broadway Across America (John Gore, CEO; Thomas B. McGrath, Chairman; Beth Williams, COO & Head of Production).
Original Cast: George Akram, Nicholas Barasch, Steve Bassett, Kyle Brenn, Joshua Buscher, Isaac Calpito, Mike Cannon, Haley Carlucci, Matt Cavenaugh, Peter John Chursin, Madeline Cintron, Kyle Coffman, Lindsay Dunn, Yurel Echezarreta, Cody Green, John Arthur Greene, Joey Haro, Eric Hatch, Manuel Herrera, Curtis Holbrook, Matthew Hydzik, Marina Lazzaretto, Chase Madigan, Yanira Marin, Michael Mastro, Mileyka Mateo, Kaitlin Mesh, Angelina Mullins, Kat Nejat, Karen Olivo, Christian Elan Ortiz, Pamela Otterson, Danielle Polanco, Sam Rogers, Michael Rosen, Amy Ryerson, Jennifer Sanchez, Manuel Santos, Josefina Scaglione, Lee Sellars, Tro Shaw, Michaeljon Slinger, Ryan Steele, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Greg Vinkler, Mark Zimmerman.
More than fifty years ago, a show about New York City changed musical theatre forever. Now, it's coming home to make history once again. WEST SIDE STORY returns to Broadway in a groundbreaking new production directed by its legendary librettist, Tony Award® winner Arthur Laurents.
From the first notes to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Mr. Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim -- a collection of standards that includes "Tonight," "America," "Maria," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere" -- is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. And the extraordinary, Tony-winning winning choreography by Jerome Robbins completely changed the language of Broadway dance. This production offers a bold new design that builds on the show's raw power and emotion to create a fresh experience unlike any that came before it.
|Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
First Preview: 10/08/2010
Book by Jeffrey Lane; Music by David Yazbek; Lyrics by David Yazbek. Directed by Bartlett Sher; Choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.
Producer: Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer).
Original Cast: Julio Agustin, De'Adre Aziza, Laura Benanti, Danny Burstein, John Carroll, Alma Cuervo, Justin Guarini, Murphy Guyer, Rachel Bay Jones, Nina Lafarga, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Patti LuPone, Yanira Marin, Sean McCourt, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Vivian Nixon, Mary Beth Peil, Luis Salgado, Jennifer Sanchez, John Schiappa, Sherie Rene Scott, Samantha Shafer, Phillip Spaeth, Matthew Steffens, Charlie Sutton.
When Pedro Almodóvar arrived in town in 1988 to show his new film at the New York Film Festival he became an instant sensation. Channeling the burst of energy and freedom in post-Franco Spain, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was one of the most unusual and exhilarating new films in years. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and quickly became not just a classic, but a favorite.
Now, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN is a new musical based on the film. LCT's Resident Director, Bartlett Sher, still happily reeling from his achievement on South Pacific, leads the extraordinary collaborators Jeffrey Lane (book) and David Yazbek (music and lyrics). Lane and Yazbek, the team behind Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, have taken Almodóvar's tale and infused it with their own wry, comic style and an irresistible Spanish beat.
Both touching and hilarious, it's a story about women and the men who pursue them... finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them. At the center is Pepa (Sherie Rene Scott) whose friends and lovers are blazing a trail through 1980s Madrid. And why do they all keep showing up at her high-rise apartment? Gazpacho anyone?
Along with Pepa, there's her missing (possibly philandering) lover, Ivan (Brian Stokes Mitchell); his ex-wife of questionable sanity, Lucia (Patti LuPone); their son Carlos (Justin Guarini); Pepa's friend, Candela (Laura Benanti), and her terrorist boyfriend; a power-suited lawyer (De'Adre Aziza) plus a taxi driver (Danny Burstein) who dispenses tissues, mints and advice in equal proportion. Mayhem and comic madness abound, balanced by the empathy and heart that are trademarks of Almodóvar's work. And of Bartlett Sher's too.
Closing January 9, 2011
|A Free Man of Color
Vivian Beaumont Theatre
First Preview: 10/21/2010
Written by John Guare. Directed by George C. Wolfe; Choreographed by Hope Clarke.
Producer: Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer).
Original Cast: Yao Ababio, Peter Bartlett, Nicole Beharie, Ashley Bryant, Arnie Burton, Rosal Colón, Veanne Cox, Paul F. Dano, Stephanie DiMaggio, Kyle Fabel, Sara Gettelfinger, Derric Harris, David Graham Jones, Justina Machado, David Manis, Joseph Marcell, John McMartin, Nick Mennell, Mos, Howard W. Overshown, Teyonnah Parris, Postell Pringle, Esau Pritchett, Brian Reddy, Reg Rogers, Triney Sandoval, Robert Stanton, Wendy Rich Stetson, Jerome Stigler, Senfaub Stoney, David Emerson Toney, Jeffrey Wright.
John Guare is back at Lincoln Center Theater. The celebrated playwright of Six Degrees of Separation, Chaucer in Rome, and The House of Blue Leaves has written a new play that is by turns astonishing, raucous and panoramic. A comedy of grand scale -- with a cast of 32 -- made to order for the Beaumont Stage.
A FREE MAN OF COLOR is set in the boisterous New Orleans culture that existed just prior to the historic Louisiana Purchase. Before law and order took hold. Before class, racial and political lines were drawn. When New Orleans was still a parade of beautiful women and good-looking men, flowing wine and pleasure for the taking.
At the center of this Dionysian world is Jacques Cornet (Jeffrey Wright), who commands the men, seduces the women, preens like a peacock and cuts a wide swath through the city and the province. But, it is 1801 and the map of New Orleans is about to be redrawn. The Louisiana Purchase will bring American rule to New Orleans, challenging the chaotic, colorful world of Jacques Cornet and all that he represents.
George C. Wolfe makes his LCT debut directing A FREE MAN OF COLOR. Mr. Wolfe won Tony Awards for directing Angels in America and for Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. He also directed, among others, Jelly's Last Jam, Caroline or Change and Elaine Stritch at Liberty.
|A Little Night Music
Walter Kerr Theatre
First Preview: 11/24/2009
Book by Hugh Wheeler; Music by Stephen Sondheim; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Trevor Nunn; Choreographed by Lynne Page.
Producers: Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, The Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Sonia Friedman Productions, Andrew Fell, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergere, Harvey Weinstein/Raise the Roof 3, Beverly Bartner/Dancap Productions, Inc., Nica Burns/Max Weitzenhoffer, Eric Falkenstein/Anna Czekaj, Jerry Frankel/Ronald Frankel, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer.
Original Cast: Stephen R. Buntrock, Erin Davie, Bradley Dean, Katherine Leigh Doherty, Alexander Hanson, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Angela Lansbury, Leigh Ann Larkin, Aaron Lazar, Ramona Mallory, Marissa McGowan, Betsy Morgan, Karen Murphy, Jayne Paterson, Justin Patterson, Erin Stewart, Kevin David Thomas, Kevin Vortmann, Keaton Whittaker, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, the first Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece A Little Night Music, directed by Tony Award®-winner Trevor Nunn, based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night, is set in a weekend country house in turn of the century Sweden, bringing together surprising liaisons, long simmering passions and a taste of love's endless possibilities. This production originally starred Academy Award–winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and five-time Tony Award®–winner Angela Lansbury. It now stars Tony®, Grammy® & Golden Globe® Award winner Bernadette Peters and Tony® & Emmy ®Award winner Elaine Stritch.