The first Sunday in January is typically a big closing day for Broadway shows. Today was no exception. A number of shows on the Great White Way lowered their curtains today for the final time. Some show closing days are:
- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
- Donny & Marie: A Broadway Christmas
- Brief Encounter
- Elf: The Musical
- Fela! with Patti LaBelle
- Promises, Promises starring Sean Hayes and Kristen Chenoweth with Tony Goldwyn and Molly Shannon - I saw this one last May
- The Pee-Wee Herman Show starring Paul Reubens
- West Side Stor
- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown starring Shere Rene Scott and Patti LuPone
As the tourist season slows for the next few months, many productions choose this weekend to close. Many shows for the spring will start previews in March. Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark is one of the most talked about productions right now. After numerous set backs, the show is currently scheduled to open February 7, 2011.
Today also bring about a milestone for another long-running show. Disney's The Lion King becomes the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history today. It will play its 5,462nd. Other long running shows (5+ years) include Chicago, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, and Wicked.
All of this leaves as estimated 60% of the Broadway theatres vacant today.