Five Broadway Shows Close Today

War Horse Broadway ShowSeveral Broadway shows end their runs today. After taking advantage of the holiday crowds over Christmas and New Year’s, these Broadway shows determined that it wouldn’t be worth it to continue running through the traditionally slow months of January and February. Of the five, Elf was the only holiday-specific show and had no reason to run any longer, though it may return to Broadway again next Christmas.

Dead Accounts and Grace were the only two straight plays among today’s Broadway closures. Despite boasting film stars (Katie Holmes in Dead Accounts and Paul Rudd in Grace) in their casts, both shows struggled to sell more than a middling number of tickets throughout late autumn and early winter.

A play with music, War Horse was a popular and highly acclaimed show that enjoyed a healthy run but decided to close once ticket sales were starting to run out of steam. Chaplin, on the other hand, one of the first musicals to open this season, had a difficult time during its entire run. Leading man Rob McClure enjoyed a great deal of positive buzz for his performance, but it wasn’t quite enough to create the great reviews and sensational word-of-mouth that a new musical typically needs to succeed.

Scandalous and Chaplin Announce Closing

Two of the Broadway fall season’s new musicals, Scandalous and Chaplin, have announced closing dates.  Chaplin, the bio-musical about the life and career of silent film star Charlie Chaplin, is going to hold out through the holiday season before closing on January 6, 2013.  Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, however, is only playing through the end of this week, concluding its run at the Neil Simon Theatre on December 9.

Both shows struggled throughout their runs to find an audience, which is often a problem for original Broadway musicals.  Of the two, Chaplin did better, which may have been due to a combination of fairly good reviews, the fact that the title character is a well-known figure, and the buzz surrounding star Rob McClure’s performance.

With the backing of Kathie Lee Gifford, who co-wrote and regularly plugged the show on TV, Scandalous was expected to perform better.  But the musical had a difficult time selling tickets.  At its lowest point, the average paid admission for the week only amounted to $23.77.

Broadway Shows Offer Post-Storm Ticket Specials

As of today, Thursday, November 1, all Broadway are back to performing as scheduled.  However, the fact is that New York City is still not quite back to normal yet, especially in terms of transportation, making it hard for many potential theatergoers to make it to Broadway theaters.  To entice audiences, some Broadway shows are making special post-Hurricane Sandy ticket discounts available.

CHAPLIN – The new musical Chaplin is offering a ‘Buy 1 Ticket, Get 1 Ticket Free’ special for Thursday and Friday performances.  The offer applies to all price levels, but it can only be obtained if you purchase tickets directly at the box office of the Barrymore Theatre, where Chaplin is playing.

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT – Even this hit Tony Award-winning musical comedy is offering a post-Sandy special.  $37 rush tickets are available for performances this Thursday and Friday to residents of areas that have been affected by the storm, which includes New York, New Jersey, Conecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.  Tickets can be purchased starting at 10am at the Imperial Theatre box office and a valid photo ID is required.  2 ticket limit.  Seats are subject to availability.

THE PERFORMERS – This new comedy’s “Sandy Special” means that ticket buyers can get tickets for the Thursday, November 1 performance for just $29.50 for the best available seats.  Must purchase directly at the Longacre Theatre box office.

It is possible that other Broadway shows are offering ticket specials as well, so it is worth visiting their official websites or theater box offices to see what ticket discounts might be available in the coming days.

Upcoming Broadway Musicals Spotlighted at Broadway in Bryant Park

Broadway in Bryant Park, the annual summer series that features lunchtime performances from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, has an exciting schedule this month that will feature current Broadway shows alongside upcoming ones.  Held from 12:30pm to 1:30pm each Thursday through August 16, these free midday concerts are ideal for midtown workers and tourists who want to enjoy Bryant Park’s beautiful lawn while watching Broadway singers perform.

On August 2, long-running Broadway musical Mamma Mia! will be showcased, along with Off-Broadway hit Silence the Musical (a hilarious parody of The Silence of the Lambs), the British farce One Man, Two Guvnors, and the forthcoming bio-musical Chaplin.

August 9 will feature another long-running favorite, Chicago, along with the Off-Broadway revival of Rent (which is closing soon, so catch it now!), the new revival of Evita, and the upcoming Broadway musical Rebecca.

The last Broadway in Bryant Park concert of the summer, on August 16, will include the raunchy musical comedy Avenue Q, the delightful Gershwin charmer Nice Work If You Can Get It, and the high-energy musical Rock of Ages, along with two new Broadway shows:  Bring It On: The Musical and A Christmas Story.

Find out more about Broadway in Bryant Park and information about the park itself here.