Broadway Shows News January 2008


As we say good bye to 2007 and ring in 2008 we find that we have so much to look forward to in this exciting New Year for Broadway. There are many much anticipated openings, some closings and more then a few big names headed to the Great White Way. The schedule for the New Year is certain to draw big crowds to the city especially if it is anything like 2007.

Last year Broadway welcomed 35 new shows and revivals to its theatrical circle proving that a night at the theater is still a hot ticket. Some of those shows made lasting impressions and are still going strong like Legally Blonde and Curtains. Others fizzled out or never even made it to Broadway think Lone Star Love which was pulled after poor out of town try outs. Some were strictly limited engagements that many lucky patrons got to enjoy before they closed like The Homecoming with Kevin Spacey and Inherit the Wind with two-time Tony award winners Brian Dennehy and Christopher Plummer. We also said goodbye to some long time favorites like Beauty and the Beast which was replaced by the highly anticipated The Little Mermaid and The Producers which made room for another hysterically funny Mel Brooks comedy Young Frankenstein. The last show to close before the crowds gathered in Times Square was The Drowsy Chaperone. Upon its last performance at the Marquis Theatre on 12/30 the show played 674 performances.

Looking ahead to 2008 there are many upcoming new shows and some classic theatrical productions to watch for especially in the month of March. Look for a revival of both Gypsy starring stage legend Patty Lupone and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring James Earl Jones and Phyilica Rashad hot off of her performance as the evil Queen in Cymbeline. An all new musical In the Heights about three days in the life of a vibrant, tight knit community of Washington Heights is also planned to open in March. In April the Rodgers and Hammerstein beloved musical South Pacific will sail in to the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. This revival has not been seen on Broadway since it first premiered in 1949. This production has an outstanding score and should be a real treat for audiences! Coming later in the year is Billy Elliot an original musical from Elton John and Lee Hall. Look for it to come to the Imperial Theatre in September directly from the West End where it was enjoyed by audiences and critics alike.

While we have so many new productions and stars to anticipate in the upcoming year we also have to bid farewell to what I believe to be one of the most phenomenal productions to ever be performed. The revival of Les Miserables will be closing in January at the Broadhurst Theatre after 479 performances. The production was meant to be a six month limited engagement but because of popular demand and strong box office sales it was extended. This powerhouse show lasted on Broadway sixteen years the first time around and is attributed to inspiring many of today’s theatrical stars to pursue this genre. The original production is the 3rd longest running show in Broadway history and the longest running musical in the world. There has never been another quite like it. Goodbye Les Miz, you will be missed!

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