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Last Chance to See These Broadway Shows Closing Soon in January 2019

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|by Mark Robinson |

‘Waitress,’ ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Fiddler’ and other New York shows to bid farewell

As 2019 draws to a close, a year brimming with wonderful theatergoing choices is what we will remember best. Sadly, however, not every production can run forever and a handful of must-see productions will soon shutter. Here are eleven NYC theater offerings on Broadway and beyond that you still have time to catch, but be sure to get your tickets before it is too late – save up to 50% on these and other top New York shows now. 

‘Tootsie’ will take its final Broadway bow on Jan. 5, 2020 (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

‘Tootsie’ will take its final Broadway bow on Jan. 5, 2020 (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

The 2019 Tony winner for Best Book of a Musical (Robert Horn) and Best Actor in a Musical (Santino Fontana) Tootsie is adapted from the 1982 film comedy of the same name. Throw-in a score by Tony-winning composer-lyricist David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit) and Tootsie is musical comedy magic. When a temperamental actor has to reimagine his career, he auditions for a Broadway musical as a female. Suddenly her learns it’s not easy being a female in showbiz. Tootsie ends its run on Jan. 5, 2020.

Though it has been with is for quite a while (the musical just crossed 1,500 performances on Thanksgiving), Waitress will be winding up its Broadway run Jan. 5, 2020. The hit musical with a score by Sara Bareilles, a book by Jessie Nelson, and directed by Diane Paulus tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker who works at a small-town diner. Her life suddenly takes a twist, offering new possibilities that might just lead to a more-satisfying life. Katherine McPhee stars. 

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish
The Off-Broadway production of the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Joel Grey, has proven a revelation performed entirely in Yiddish. For those who worry they won’t be able to follow the story, there is no need for concern as the production offers subtitles in both English an Russian. The Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick score is as wonderful as ever, and Joseph Stein’s book (adapted from Sholom Alecheim’s Tevye’s Daughters) remains poignant and timely. Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish concludes its run on Jan. 5, 2020.

Freestyle Love Supreme
Closing Jan. 12, 2020, Freestyle Love Supreme is a unique Broadway offering that employs improvisation, music, and audience proposed scenarios. A talented ensemble of singer-actors spin suggestions into highly original musical numbers at the drop of a hat. From rap to hip-hop, the stage comes to life with humor and melody. Freestyle Love Supreme is created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale.

The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays
A magic show of epic proportions, The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays will keep your jaw-dropping in awe of the illusion and slight-of-hand on display. A limited-engagement that wraps-up on Jan. 5, 2020, the show stars an array of some of the greatest talents in the magic business including Chris Cox, Paul Dabek, Kevin James, Eric Chien, Dom Chambers, and Enzo Weyne.  

The Lightning Thief
The limited-engagement of the Broadway berth of The Lightning Thief, based on Rick Riordan’s popular children’s novel and that received a successful Off-Broadway run followed by a national tour, must end on Jan. 5, 2020. There is still time to catch this Joe Tracz (book) and Rob Rokicki (music and lyrics) musical that follows the teenager Percy Jackson who, when he learns that he is the son of the god Poseidon, goes on an epic adventure in search of the thief who absconded with Zeus’s lightning bolt.

The 2019 Tony Award-winner for Best Revival of a Musical, this production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s game-changing Oklahoma! proves to be a startling, grittier reimagination of the stage classic. Staged in the round, featuring new orchestrations with a country music flavor, and featuring a diverse cast, this Oklahoma!, directed by Daniel Fish, offers a contemporary slant on the show that you thought you knew. Tony-winner Ali Stroker’s turn as the libidinous Ado Annie Carnes is a highlight!  Oklahoma! closes on Jan. 19, 2020.

Slava’s Snowshow
It may just be one of the most original entertainments to play Broadway, a clever mélange of spectacle, pantomime, and storytelling as created by Slava Polunin. Slava’s Snowshow takes audiences into a surrealistic world that is both thrilling and humorous, a dreamlike story brought to life. This is one that the whole family enjoy. Slava’s Snowshow plays it final performance on Jan. 5, 2020.

Slave Play
Jeremy O. Harris’s compelling Slave Play has made many “Top Ten” lists for 2019, and deservedly so. Harris takes an alternative look at history, delving into topics of race, sexuality, and gender identity as they play out in the Old South on the MacGregor Plantation. Watch the story unfold as it  yields a twist here and a turn there. Just when you think you have it figured out, things are not exactly what they seem. An intelligent play that explores our past, filling in the missing gaps of those whose stories haven’t been told. The final performance of Slave Play is Jan. 19, 2020.

A Christmas Carol
The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without some incarnation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, but being a seasonal story, you can only catch a production in and around December. This year, A Christmas Carol returns to Broadway in an adaptation by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) for a limited engagement concluding on Jan. 5, 2020. Campbell Scott plays the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge whose outlook on Christmas is transformed by a visit from three spirits.  

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
One of the best ways to infuse your holidays with joy and to ensure wide-eyed wonder from the family is to get tickets for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. A spectacle that rivals the tree in Rockefeller Center, this song and dance extravaganza explodes with yuletide merriment. Why not take a trip to Rockefeller Center to see the glorious decorations, then walk down the block to Radio City for a performance you will not forget! The Radio City Christmas Spectacular continues its magic through Jan. 5, 2020.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedias The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on Oct. 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at

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