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Now Closing: 12 Shows To See Before They Close in Winter & Spring 2019

Category Broadway

|by Mark Robinson |

Don’t miss your chance to see these hit shows

Broadway plays and musicals come and go. Some stay with us for a long time, and others are limited engagements or close prematurely. Here are some not-to-be-missed shows that are currently lighting up the Great White Way, but will soon be departing this winter and spring.

‘Head Over Heels,’ ‘Kinky Boots’ and ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ (Photos: Joan Marcus; Matthew Murphy; Matthew Murphy)

‘Head Over Heels,’ ‘Kinky Boots’ and ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ (Photos: Joan Marcus; Matthew Murphy; Matthew Murphy)

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical
A jukebox musical that features a catalogue of iconic songs from the disco era, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is guaranteed to get the blood pumping. Tony winner LaChanze plays the “Queen of Disco,” along with Tony nominee Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever, each tackling her vibrant personality at different points in her career.  Summer: The Donna Summer Musical closes on Dec. 30, 2018.

Head Over Heels
While we are on the subject of jukebox musicals, Head Over Heels is a feel-good celebration of the music of the ‘80s pop band The Go-Go’s. Set in the magical kingdom of Arcadia, where the denizens all follow a mystical “Beat” that rules their very being, Head Over Heels is packed full of romance, humor and plenty of heart. Head Over Heels closes on Jan. 6, 2019.

Once on This Island
The 2017 Broadway revival of the romantic Once on This Island took home the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, and deservedly so. Michael Arden’s breathtaking staging of the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical is a triumph. The Caribbean-flavored fairytale is the story of a young girl’s quest for true love, and she is guided by the gods along her wondrous journey. Once on This Island closes on Jan. 6, 2019.

The Play That Goes Wrong
It is impossible to count the number of laughs produced by the comedic farce The Play That Goes Wrong, but it will suffice to say that audiences have been walking away from the theater grinning from ear to ear. Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Company, the play takes a look at all the hilarious things that can go wrong while putting on a production of a 1920s murder mystery – in this case, The Murder at Haversham Manor. The Play That Goes Wrong closes on Jan. 6, 2019.

Torch Song
In 1982, Harvey Fierstein’s three-act drama Torch Song Trilogy touched theatregoers’ hearts with its humor and unyielding honesty about being a gay man in New York City during the 1980s. The play has returned to Broadway under the shortened title Torch Song, with Michael Urie and Academy and Tony Award winner Mercedes Ruehl leading a top-notch cast. Torch Song closes on Jan. 6, 2019.

The Lifespan of a Fact
There is a fine line between truth and fabrication, and The Lifespan of a Fact explores the blurred area that separates the two. Jeremy Kracken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell’s play (based on true story) follows a fact-checker who must decipher fact from fiction when assigned to John D’Agata’s essay “What Happens There,” which traces the suicide of a Vegas teenager. Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale make up the show’s cast. The Lifespan of a Fact closes on Jan. 13, 2019.

Mike Birbiglia’s The New One
How does a person’s life change when a baby enters it? Mike Birbiglia’s The New One is a one-man show that ventures to answer that question with plenty of laughs and some brutal frankness. Stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia takes the audience on a journey into one of life’s happiest and most challenging stages. Mike Birbiglia’s The New One closes Jan. 20, 2019.

School of Rock
Teachers and music are two of our biggest inspirations in life, and the Broadway musical School of Rock gives us a combination of both. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater provide an electrified score to tell the story of a substitute teacher who inspires a handful of private school kids to form a rock band. School of Rock closes on Jan. 20, 2019.

American Son
Christopher Demos-Brown’s new play American Son is a dark and probing tale about who we are as Americans and how we, as parents, deal with our greatest fears regarding our children. With a cast composed of Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, and Eugene Lee, the action unfolds in a Florida police station where a mother is in search of her missing son. American Son closes on January 27, 2019.

The Waverly Gallery
The haunting memory play, Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery, first came on the scene in 2000 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The piece, which explores the trials of living with Alzheimer’s Disease and the toll it takes on a family, is back with Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen and Michael Cera in the cast. The Waverly Gallery closes on January 27, 2019.

Kinky Boots
Arguably the hardest show for us to say goodbye to is the long-running, 2013 Tony winner for Best Musical, Kinky Boots. In an effort to save his collapsing shoe business, not to mention the jobs of his beloved employees, Charlie Price makes an unlikely partnership with the drag queen Lola. Together, they design a line of footwear for the feet of cross-dressing men, creating a bond of friendship along the way. The musical features a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. Kinky Boots closes on April 7, 2019.

Avenue Q
The Tony-winning hit recently accounced that it will depart its current Off-Broadway home this spring. This musical send-up of a Sesame Street-like children’s story – which has a score by Robert Lopez (Frozen) and Jeff Marx, and follows a recent college graduate trying to make his way in the not-so-PG world of New York City – had a Broadway run in 2003 before transferring to Off-Broadway’s New World Stages in 2009. Avenue Q will take its final, puppet-assisted bow on April 28, 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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