Many Broadway shows are scheduled to close in January 2020 and it is not just the holiday and seasonal themed Broadway shows that are due for the axe.
With Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and the New Year's holiday season now in full swing, it is tough to fathom that many Broadway shows are now scheduled to close their curtains and are setting the scene for their final performances. As the New Year approaches, more and more shows are showing up on the “Broadway shows closing soon” radar. Around this time every year, many Broadway shows are taking stock and wrapping up their performances, allowing the new batch of shows for next season to debut. For this end-of-the-year Broadway show season, there are 16 Broadway shows that plan to conclude their run. Out of the 16 Broadway shows closing, 12 of them are closing in January, three shows are closing in late December and one is closing in early February. On Sunday, January 5th, 2020 there are 7 shows all closing on that same day.
Holiday Shows Closing This Season
Of the 16 total shows, 7 of them are Broadway shows that are catered towards celebrating the winter season’s holidays and they include; A Christmas Carol, Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes, The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays (2019) and Slava's Snowshow. The Nutcracker at The Lincoln Center 2019 and Twas the Night Before… By Cirque du Soleil both actually close in late December, 2019. Twas The Night is not appropriately named, as it closes after Christmas day, on December, 29th 2019. The Big Apple Circus at Damrosch Park closes on February 2nd, 2020.
Other Broadway Shows Closing in the New Year
The remaining 9 Broadway shows that run through the holiday season which all close in January 2020, but are not holiday themed shows, are as follows; Freestyle Love Supreme, Harry Connick, Jr. - A Celebration of Cole Porter, The Lightning Thief, Waitress, Slave Play, The Sound Inside, Tootsie, Oklahoma! and Derren Brown: Secret. Connick's show actually closes December 29, 2019.
Freestyle Love Supreme
Hip Hop and Freestyle Rap show from Hamilton’s Lin Manuel Miranda, where performers take audience suggestions to create new rhymes and build a completely different show experience for every show’s performance.
Show Closes: January 12, 2020
Get tickets to see Freestyle Love Supreme here
Harry Connick, Jr. - A Celebration of Cole Porter
Limited run concert performance show where, the illustrious Broadway heartthrob, Harry Connick Jr., sings songs in tribute to the great Cole Porter. Connick brings the house down with fan favorites like, Anything Goes, So In Love, Let's Misbehave and The Tale of an Oyster.
Show Closes: December 29, 2019
Get tickets to see Harry Connick, Jr. - A Celebration of Cole Porter here
The Lightning Thief
Musical based on the popular Percy Jackson book series of the same name, following one teen-aged demigod’s journey to steal back stolen items for the Greek god, Zeus and the god of the underworld, Hades. This show has been at the very bottom of the Broadway gross ticket sales chart week after week and has led critics to question the producers on how the show can continue to perform on Broadway when ticket sales have been remarkably poor.
Show Closes: January 5, 2020
Get tickets to see The Lightning Thief here
Musical set in a small-town diner depicting a young waitress, who dreams of beginning her new life and leaving her unhappy marriage. This show made its Broadway premiere in early 2016 and has been a staple for NYC tourists to see when they are in town. This is the longest running show that will be closing in January, 2020.
Show Closes: January 5, 2020
Get tickets to see Waitress here
New Broadway show from the playwright, Jeremy O Harris, that tells fictionalized stories about three interracial couples during American civil war times and at the end of the slavery era. This show has been in the news recently as critics allege that it legitimizes reverse racism. The show also had some drama with the A-lister, singer, song-written and fashion mogul, Rihanna who inadvertently delayed a performance for 30 minutes for her to pick up a taco. To the surprise of many pundits, this show has consistently been in the bottom five of the Broadway tickets sales chart.
Show Closes: January 19, 2020
Get tickets to see Slave Play here
Broadway Show Openings
When one door closes another opens. With all these Broadway shows coming to a close, it makes way for the many new Broadway shows which are set to start to perform in the new Broadway season. The new shows that are scheduled to come to Broadway this season include; Sing Street: The Musical, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Lehman Trilogy, Diana, Dreamgirls and Mrs. Doubtfire.