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|by David Sheward |

Hurry! Don't miss out on seeing these top shows and stars

The holiday season usually heralds a flock of Broadway closings. Productions getting ready to tour or close their doors for good wait until the end of the year for one last bump at the box office. December and early January are popular times on Broadway with holiday shoppers and tourists wanting to take in a show. Here’s a rundown of hot shows soon shuttering their doors or major stars exiting, so grab your tickets now!

Don’t miss out – this is your last chance to see ‘Miss Saigon’ (Photo: ‘Miss Saigon’)

Don’t miss out – this is your last chance to see ‘Miss Saigon’ (Photo: ‘Miss Saigon’)

Miss Saigon
The helicopter will descend at the Broadway Theater for the last time on January 14, 2018. Like M. Butterfly, this revival of the 1991 smash draws inspiration from Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly. Set during the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War, Claude-Michel Schoenberg and Alain Boublil’s powerful musical details the heart-wrenching story of Kim, a bar girl who meets an American GI and gives up everything for love.

M. Butterfly
David Henry Hwang’s Tony-winning drama returns to Broadway in a dazzling production by the imaginative Julie Taymor (The Lion King). Based on a true story, this controversial examination of gender and race relations stars Clive Owen as a French diplomat who engages in a dangerous liaison with a Chinese actress who turns out to be a man. The show runs through January 14, 2018, at the Cort Theater.

Now and Forever will only last until December 30 when the Jellico felines will give a final howl at the Neil Simon Theater. Be sure to catch Andrew Lloyd Webber’s junkyard party derived from T.S. Eliot’s book of poems before it becomes a memory.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A sweet holiday treat is in store for families visiting Willy Wonka’s legendary factory in this funny and charming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s classic, playing at the Lunt-Fontanne through January 14. The bouncy score includes favorites from the 1971 film version such as “Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” as well as new songs by the Hairspray team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Two-time Tony winner Christian Borle stars as the mysterious chocolatier with a hilarious supporting cast including Emmy nominee Jackie Hoffman (Feud).

Latin History for Morons
John Leguizamo’s latest solo show takes you on a wild satiric ride through Latin history, exploding myths and stereotypes along the way. The limited run is only playing through February 25.

Meteor Shower
Comedy star Amy Schumer makes her Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s witty and surprising play about two very different couples clashing during the titular cosmic disturbance. This limited run at the Booth Theater is only playing until January 21. The show also stars Tony winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy), Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park) and Kegan-Michael Key of the comedy team Key and Peele.

Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!
The Divine Miss M will be donning Dolly Levi’s red dress for the final time on January 14 at the Shubert Theater (Bernadette Peters steps into the role on January 20.) This is your last opportunity to see a legend in a career-capping role. This lovable revival directed by multiple Tony winner Jerry Zaks finds zest and joy in the long-running favorite. Jerry Herman’s evergreen score is the perfect holiday gift and Bette Midler dazzles as the irrepressible matchmaker solving the romantic problems of her friends.

Jason Mraz in Waitress
Grammy winner Jason Mraz made his Broadway debut this year, stepping into the role of Dr. Pomatter, who offers waitress Jenna (Betsy Wolfe) an escape from her abusive marriage. Mraz is on stage only through January 28 – see him now!

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