The final curtain is near for several long-running and popular Broadway shows, including Fiddler on the Roof, Jersey Boys and The Color Purple. Many shows are discounted for their closing days, so it’s a good time to see something you’ve been putting off, or return to something you loved.
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Theater fans know this happens at the end of every year, freeing up those theaters for new shows arriving in the spring.
Get tickets directly at the theater, through the show’s own website, through TKTS, or via NYC on the Cheap discount ticket partner Goldstar.
Closing December 31
Fiddler on the Roof
This 50th anniversary revival of the classic and beloved 1964 musical is excellent, respecting the original while adding some “today” references. Danny Burstein headlines as the larger-than-life Tevye, shepherding his family and Jewish community through changing times on the eve of the Russian Revolution. You will weep at “Sunrise, Sunset”, as I always do any time I hear it, in a theater or not. “Fiddler” will continue to be performed throughout the world, because its themes are universal. But this may be your last chance to see it on Broadway with a full orchestra playing the timeless score that also includes “Tradition” and “If I Were a Rich Man”.
- At the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, fiddlermusical.com.
- Tickets from $49 from TKTS.
Closing January 1
Matilda the Musical
Adapted from Roald Dahl’s popular 1988 children’s fantasy novel about a freethinking and highly intelligent young girl and how she deals with her unashamedly self-indulgent peers and the garish and threatening world around them. With its excellent cast of talented young performers, this is a wonderful first time Broadway experience for young theater-goers.
- At the Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St., matildathemusical.com.
Shakespeare inspired this musical comedy about a struggling playwright who schemes to become more successful than the Bard. It’s an exuberant crowd-pleaser with old-fashioned showmanship, pratfalls and other silliness. Shakespeare would have loved it. Closing after a two year run.
- At the St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., rottenbroadway.com.
- Tickets from $45 fromTKTS.
Closing January 8
The Color Purple
Reviewers have described this revival even better than the original production. The musical version the 1982 Alice Walker novel is about a poor black woman who finds the courage to start a new life after years of mistreatment. Alternately sobering and inspiring. Cynthia Erivo won a Tony for her roof-shaking performance. Bringing down the final curtains are Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black) and Tony and Grammy-winner Jennifer Holliday.
- At the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., colorpurple.com.
Closing January 15
Eleven years, one of the longer ones in Broadway history. The Tony-winning musical biography of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons combines a gritty behind-the-scenes saga with all those favorite of pop hits, with interesting staging. It’s also a story about friendship and trust. Mark Ballas (“Dancing with the Stars”) is currently playing Valli.
- At the August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St., jerseboysInfo.com.
Stephen Karam’s sobering family drama, about a middle-class Scranton family that comes together over Thanksgiving in the midst of economic problems and serious illness, is one of the most unlikely success stories in recent memory. After premiering off-Broadway, it transferred to a small Broadway theater for a limited run and then transferred to an even larger theater down the street.
- At the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., thehumansonbroadway.com.
- Tickets from $39 from TKTS.
Closing January 29
The Front Page
Hold the presses! Call rewrite! This revival of the 1928 Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur comedy classic features an all-star cast including Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman. It’s set in the press room of Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building, with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner, and the madcap conspiracy to hide the runaway convict for a front page newspaper scoop.
- At the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 45th St.,
- Tickets from $49 weekdays, $89 weekends from TKTS