Every year, a new lineup of shows comes to the Great White Way, ready to dazzle and entrance audiences from all around the world. Unfortunately, in order for these new Broadway shows to open, others have to close. Typically, many of these shows tend to close during the winter months, from January to March. Let’s take a final look at the shows that are set to close at the beginning of January.
Juuust making it to 2017, we said goodbye to these shows on Sunday, January 1st:
Matilda the Musical:
Transferring from a still-running, Olivier Award-winning production in the West End, Matilda the Musical opened on Broadway in April of 2013. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda delighted grown-ups and children alike at the Shubert Theatre for nearly three years before closing on Sunday, January 1. Music and lyrics for Matilda the Musical were written by Tim Minchin, who also wrote the music and lyrics for the upcoming musical Groundhog Day (set to open on Broadway on April 17, 2017).
Next up at the Shubert Theatre: Hello, Dolly! is set to open on April 20, 2017.
This gut-busting musical comedy opened at the St. James Theatre in April of 2015. Something Rotten! tells the story of the fictional Bottom brothers, contemporaries and rivals of the overbearing William Shakespeare, as they struggle to make their mark on the 16th Century theatre world. This uproarious hit showed Broadway a very different side of the Bard.
Next up at the St. James Theatre: Disney’s Frozen is set to open during the 2018 season, following renovations to the theatre.
The Illusionists – Turn of the Century:
This touring magic production returned to Broadway for a limited engagement on November 25, 2016. Featuring several prominent magicians and magical acts, this show wowed and confounded audiences at the Palace Theatre during the holiday season. Hopefully, we can expect The Illusionists to return again soon!
Next up at the Palace Theatre: Sunset Boulevard is set to open on February 9, 2017.
Stay tuned for our next installment, as we take a final look at the shows that are set to close this Sunday, January 8th!