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Last Chance to See: 'Carousel,' 'Hello, Dolly!' and More

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|by Mark Robinson |

Catch these shows before they close

“All good things must come to end” is that old adage we tell ourselves when we must say goodbye to anything that has meaning or importance. Theater is not exempt to this proverbial resignation, as shows must eventually close and make way for the new. Here are some plays and musicals that are getting ready to say goodbye to the New York theater scene, and when your last chance to enjoy their magic will be.     

August will see Broadway say ‘Goodbye, Dolly!’ to the Tony-winning ‘Hello, Dolly!’ revival starring Bette Midler (Photo: Joan Marcus)

August will see Broadway say ‘Goodbye, Dolly!’ to the Tony-winning ‘Hello, Dolly!’ revival starring Bette Midler (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Hello, Dolly!
(Closing Saturday, August 25)

The Tony-winning revival of the Jerry Herman/Michael Stewart musical Hello, Dolly! will conclude its celebrated run on Saturday, August 25th. Bette Midler has returned for the final leg of the run, playing Dolly Gallagher Levi, the beloved matchmaker who is out to spread love and capture some for herself. Be sure to catch this musical valentine that includes such Broadway standards as “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “Before the Parade Passes By” and the infectious title tune.  

(Closing Sunday, August 26)

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway production of Joshua Harmon’s Skintight will play the final performance of its limited engagement on August 26. The play, directed by Daniel Aukin, tells the story of Jodi Isaac (played by Tony-winner Idina Menzel), whose husband has left her for a younger woman. When she turns to her father for emotional support, she finds that he, too, is living with a much younger man. Skintight is a commentary on how we justify our actions and emotions in the face of love and attraction.

Straight White Men
(Closing Sunday, September 9)

The Second Stage Theatre production of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men features a trio of performances by some powerhouse talent, including Armie Hammer, Josh Charles and Stephen Payne. The play, set on Christmas Eve, explores the challenges of family dynamics between a father and his sons when they are faced with a difficult question. The play runs without intermission, with director Anna D. Shapiro keeping the hilarity and tension building within the confines of a kinetic 90 minutes.

(Closing Sunday, September 16)

This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic walked away with Tony Awards this year for Best Choreography (Justin Peck) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Lindsay Mendez), but the production is poised to close on September 16. The story of a New England millworker and carousel barker and their star-crossed attraction to each other is musical theater at its most unyielding. With a haunting score that includes “If I Loved You,” “Soliloquy” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and a cast that includes Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry and Renée Fleming, don’t miss your chance for a hypnotic spin on the carousel.

SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical
(Closing Sunday, September 16)

The denizens of Bikini Bottom are waiting to share a musical full of humor and heart, so take the plunge and see SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical before it closes on September 16. Nominated for twelve 2018 Tony Awards, the musical features a score by some of pop and rock music’s most-celebrated composers, including Panic at the Disco, Cyndi Lauper, They Might Be Giants, Sarah Bareilles, Lady Antebellum, David Bowie & Brian Eno, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry,  Plain White T’s, Jonathan Coultan and John Legend (among others).

School of Rock
(Closing Sunday, January 20, 2019)

The importance of a passionate, invested teacher who inspires his charges is at the heart of School of Rock, a musical based on the 2003 film of the same name. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes, School of Rock follows a substitute teacher named Dewey Finn, who finds the musical talent in his students and forms them into a successful rock band. The music concludes its successful run on January 20, 2019.


Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at

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