Broadway Show History
Welcome to the List of NYC Broadway Shows Closed, which is here just for reference. Have a great time reading about our wonderful Broadway history. See the current (open) List of Broadway Shows.
Sunset Boulevard Broadway Musical – Starring Glenn Close!
Glenn Close revives the role that earned her a Tony Award for Best Actress as Norma Desmond, a former Hollywood star dimming quickly and retreating into a fantasy world she has created in her own home. Away from the Hollywood spotlight, Joe Gillis, a failing screenwriter, finds his way into her world and promises to make her a star again as he works on his “masterpiece.” Feb 2 – June 25, 2017.
Set in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood, this groundbreaking event spins the tale of a beautiful young poet forced to choose between love and art. Featuring a cast that seamlessly merges the ultimate in circus arts and the best of Broadway musical theatre. Closing April 16, 2017
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The Present on Broadway – Cate Blanchett & Richard Roxburgh
The Present is set post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s at an old country house where friends gather to celebrate the birthday of the independent but compromised widow Anna Petrovna. At the center is the acerbic and witty Platonov with his wife, his former students and friends and their partners. 13 Weeks Only – through March 19, 2017
The Front Page – starring Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman
The press room of Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor conspire to hide the man from the other reporters. Sep 20, 2016 – Jan 29, 2017
The Humans Broadway Play
Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s NYC apartment. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night. Soon, family tensions reach a boiling point… and the hilarity, heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed. Closing Jan 15, 2017
Jersey Boys Broadway Musical – 2006 Tony Award Winner!
Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. Closing Jan 15, 2017
The Color Purple Broadway Musical
The Color Purple spans 50 years in Celie’s life rural Georgia following the tragic separation from her sister, Nettie. Celie endures an abusive relationship with her husband, Mister, and learns powerful lessons once a strong-willed woman named Sofia enters her world. Closed Jan 8, 2017.
Matilda Broadway Musical
Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards, Matilda follows an intelligent young girl with extraordinary powers who rebels against her parents and headmistress of her boarding school. Closing Jan 2017.
Something Rotten Comedy Musical
A racuous new musical comedy, starring siblings Nick and Nigel, ready to take on the theatrical world of 1595 with their own play. When a soothsayer looks into the future and sees audiences loving shows with singing, dancing and acting, the Bottoms set out to beat a superstar playwright known as “The Bard," by creating the world’s first musical. Closing Jan 1, 2017.
Fiddler on the Roof Broadway Musical
The classic musical returns to Broadway in all-new production with stunning choreography. In 1905, the Jewish inhabitants of a Russian village are poor in finances, but rich in traditions. Tevye, the milkman, must raise his five daughters and find husbands for the eldest three, while facing edicts from the Czar and challenging modern ideas…like daughters who want love. Closed Dec 31, 2016
An American in Paris Broadway Musical
The romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war, is the stuff of Broadway dreams. Closes October 9, 2016
Motown The Musical
Back for a limited engagement, Motown charts Berry Gordy’s journey from to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more. July 12 – Nov 13, 2016
Fun Home Broadway Musical – 2015 Tony Award Best Musical!
Follow Alison, from her childhood growing up in a small-town Pennsylvania funeral home, to her college years when she embraced her sexuality to her adulthood as a lesbian cartoonist, all threaded by her complicated relationship with her father. Closed Sep 10, 2016
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 2015 Tony Award Best Play
15-year-old Christopher has an astonishingly powerful brain, able to tackle complicated mathematics but not everyday life and human interaction. When a neighbor’s dog is killed and he is the prime suspect, Christopher sets on a journey to clear his name and uncover the truth.
Les Miserables Broadway Musical
Les Miserables is an uplifting epic about the battle of the human spirit’s will to survival. Brand new on Broadway, enjoy your favorite classic songs, such as Bring Him Home, Do you Hear the People Sing, On My Own and I Dreamed a Dream. Closing Sept 4, 2016
Finding Neverland (Peter Pan)
Follow playwright J.M. Barrie as he finds inspiration when meeting the beautiful widow Sylvia, and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter and conjures the magical world of Neverland. Closed Aug 21, 2016.
Fully Committed Comedy – starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Sam works the red hot reservation line at one of New York’s trendiest restaurants, dealing with coercion, petty threats, bribes, histrionics and a cast of desperate callers, all brought to life by Ferguson, who will stop at nothing to land a prime reservation, or the right table. Apr 1 – July 24, 2016
She Loves Me Musical Comedy – Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi & Jane Krakowski
Based on the same story that inspired the movie You’ve Got Mail, this romantic musical returns to Broadway for the first time in over 20 years. She Loves Me follows Amalia and Georg, two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Closing Jul 10, 2016.
The King and I Broadway Musical – starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe
Five-time Tony nominee, Kelli O’Hara, and Oscar nominee, Ken Watanabe, star in this dazzling revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic, the story of British widow Anna, who travels from Victorian London to exotic Bangkok to become governess of the imperious Siamese monarch’s many children. Starring Daniel Dae Kim: May 3 – June 26, 2016. Closed June 26, 2016
Blackbird Broadway Play
Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels star in this an award-winning drama by David Harrower. Williams plays Una, a woman who appears unannounced at the office of the older man (Daniels) she had a relationship with when she was 12. February 5 – June 11, 2016.
American Psycho Musical
Set in the excess of the 1980’s Manhattan, where young and handsome Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman pursues his darkest American dreams. Closed June 5, 2016
Tuck Everlasting Broadway Musical
Based on the bestselling novel, Winnie Foster meets Jesse Tuck, and discovers his family is immortal. She is tempted to join them by drinking from a magic spring, but then a mysterious stranger arrives and threatens to expose them. Previews Mar 31, Opens Apr 26, Closing May 29, 2016
Disaster Comedy Musical – Roger Bart, Adam Pascal & More
Follow a group of NYC A-listers on a summer night in Manhattan in 1979 as they party at the grand opening of a floating casino/disco—until disaster strikes. Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos, killer bees, rats, sharks, and piranhas all threaten the guests, who sing some of the biggest hits of the ‘70s including “Hot Stuff,” “I Am Woman,” “Knock on Wood” and more. Previews Feb 9, Opens Mar 8, 2016
Hughie Broadway Play – starring Forest Whitaker
Summer, 1928. New York City. Forest Whitaker plays Erie, a small-time gambler, big-time drinker and frequent guest at a run-down Midtown hotel. Hughie is the hotel’s recently deceased night clerk, whom Erie eulogizes—framed within the delusions of his own life—to the current clerk on duty. Previews Feb 8; opens Feb 26; closed Mar 27, 2016.
Misery Broadway Play – Starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf
Following a near fatal car accident, a world-famous novelist finds himself in a strange house being nursed back to health by his doting, self-proclaimed Number One Fan. But as her love for his work turns to dangerous obsession, he realizes he must plot his greatest story yet: how to escape with his life. Based on the book by Stephen King.
(Previews Oct 22, Opens Nov 15, 2015; Closing Feb 14, 2016)
Allegiance Broadway Musical – starring George Takei
Inspired by Takei’s real-life experiences, the musical traces the family’s life over several years, including their experiences in internment camps during World War II. Closing Feb 14, 2016
Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder – 2013 Tony Award Best Musical!
The uproarious comedy musical of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune, who sets out to speed up the line of succession using a great deal of charm…and a dash of murder. Closing January 17, 2016
China Doll Broadway Play – starring Al Pacino
Al Pacino returns to Broadway in a fast-paced thriller involving big money, fast planes, a beautiful young woman, and other objects of desire. Mickey Ross, a billionaire about to go into semi-retirement, has just bought his young fiancée a new plane and is giving last-minute instructions to his assistant before leaving his office. Then the phone rings and everything changes. (Closing Jan 31, 2016)
The Gin Game Play – Starring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson
Reunited on Broadway for the first time in over 50 years, Jones and Tyson meet in a nursing home, play gin rummy and become friends…until things explode and the game has shockingly real stakes. Previews Sep 23, 2015, Opens Oct 14, 2015, Closes January 10 2016
Sylvia Broadway Comedy Play – starring Matthew Broderick
Sylvia tells the tale of Manhattan couple, Greg and Kate, who have settled into the easy rhythms of middle age. But that all changes suddenly when Greg finds a stray dog in Central Park and brings her home. October 2-November 29, 2015
On the Town Broadway Musical – Closing September 6, 2015
This classic musical comedy revival follows the story of three sailors (Gaby, Chip and Ozzie) in search of adventure and romance in New York City during their 24 hour shore leave.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Broadway Musical – Starring Taye Diggs
Called “the Best Rock Musical Ever” by Rolling Stone, this musical comedy is about a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman, told in the form of a rock concert where Hedwig tells his/her life story. Starring Taye Diggs, Closing September 13, 2015.
A mother, A daughter, 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! ABBA’s greatest hits are woven into a sunny tale set on a Greek island. Closing Sept 11, 2015.
Penn & Teller On Broadway – July 7 – August 16, 2015
The evil geniuses are tied up and being held hostage at the place that helped launch their careers: Broadway! For the first time in almost 25 years, the duo comes home, bringing astonishing tricks and their most outrageous classics.
It Shoulda Been You Broadway Musical Comedy – starring Tyne Daly
Closed August 9, 2015. Two vastly different families come together to celebrate a wedding of a Jewish bride and Protestant groom. The in-laws are fighting, the wedding planner is fuming, and the flowers and the menu aren’t quite right. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, things get really crazy.
An Act of G-d Comedy Play – Starring Jim Parsons
The Almighty and His devoted angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. Dishing celebrity gossip from the One who sees it all, He’s here to set the record straight, and He’s not holding back!. (May 5 – August 2, 2015)
Fish In The Dark Broadway Comedy – starring Jason Alexander
Larry David stars as Norman Drexel, who (not) surprisingly is curmudgeonly and cynical, just like….Larry David! Fish in the Dark revolves around a family funeral and showcases an all-star cast. (Through August 1, 2015)
The Audience Broadway Play – starring Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren returns to Broadway, starring as Queen Elizabeth II, just as she did in the film The Queen. Follow the queen as she meets with 12 British prime ministers — from the imposing Winston Churchill to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher. (Feb 14 – June 28, 2015)
The Visit Broadway Musical – starring Chita Rivera
Closed June 14, 2015. The legendary CHITA RIVERA stars as Claire Zachanassian, the world’s wealthiest woman, who returns home to the man (ROGER REES) who spurned her as a girl. What she does next shocks the town, and makes for a thrilling new musical.
On the Twentieth Century Broadway Musical – starring Peter Gallagher and Kristin Chenoweth
It’s nonstop laughs aboard the luxury train, Twentieth Century, traveling from Chicago to NYC. Can bankrupt theater producer, Oscar, cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet, and his former lover, Lily, into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama?
Inspired by Sting’s own childhood, The Last Ship is set in an English seafaring town that operates around the local shipyard and follows Gideon Fletcher, a man who left home to see the world and returns fourteen years later to find that the future of the shipyard is in danger.
Called the “original Modern Family,” this comedy play follows the freethinking Sycamore family and mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. (August 26, 2014-January 4, 2015)
Its Only a Play Broadway Comedy– Starring Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally
It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star, his fledgling producer, his erratic leading lady and more. (September 4, 2014 – January 4, 2015)
Two actors, playing long time aristocrats, read love letters written to each other from the age of 7 through the next 50 years. (October 11- November 8 – Carol Burnett & Brian Dennehy); (November 9- December 5 – Candice Bergen & Alan Alda), 2015 – Anjelica Huston & Martin Sheen.
Agnes and Tobias, a long-married couple, must cope over the course of a weekend, as they welcome home their 36-year old daughter after the collapse of her fourth marriage, and give shelter to their best friends, while tolerating Agnes’ alcoholic live-in sister. (October 20, 2014 – February 22, 2015)
A remote fishing cabin, a man and a woman, and a moonless night. Erotic, chilling and poetic, The River promises to be the must-see event of the season. (October 31, 2014 – February 8, 2015)
The true story of a 19th-century British man whose disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show. When a renowned Dr. takes Merrick under his care, all of high society becomes fascinated with him, but a "normal" life begins to seem all but impossible. (November 7, 2014-February 15, 2015)
Closing March 3, 2013. Stay tuned for its replacement, Aladdin.
Based on the movie, Mary Poppins, the Broadway musical features all the classic songs (“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Spercalifragilisticexpialidocious”) plus some catchy new tunes. With elaborate sets, light displays and show-stopping numbers, this Disney-rific production will transport you to the Banks’ household on Cherry Lane as well as the rooftops of London.
Synopsis: Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family living in London on Cherry Lane. The children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and are in need of a new nanny, but have their own ideas about what sort of caretaker they should have, while their parents—and in particular Mr. Banks—are insistent on someone strict for the job. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”
New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 West 42nd Street (@7th Ave)
Closing January 20, 2013
Peter and the Starcatcher provides a humorous and fantastical backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis Captain Hook. Meet poor orphaned child on the high seas simply called Boy because, in the absence of a mother and a father, he was never given a name. His sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly, the daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor. Molly is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical star stuff from getting into the hands of evil and greedy pirate Black Stache.
Synopsis: Like the legend of Peter Pan himself, Peter and the Starcatcher inspires the audience to stretch the limits of their imagination with inventive use of props and lighting. Instead of an elaborate set, scattered about the stage are the sort of knickknacks one might find in a junkyard. With just a ladder, rope, three treasure chests, two model ships and other clever materials, a company of 12 actors embodies more than 100 unforgettable characters and transport theatergoers to the land of make believe. Although the play is not considered a musical, Molly, Boy, Black Stache and the rest of the colorful characters randomly burst into songs composed by Wayne Barker, creating a show that is whimsical and enchanting.
Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 West 47th Street (7th and 8th Aves)
Appropriate for all ages, though, much like a Pixar movie, there are adult references that, while not offensive, will likely fly over the heads of young children.
Closing January 26, 2013
Ricky Martin and Elena Roger star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic story of the charismatic and glamorous first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron. EVITA tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying Adored,” together with “You Must Love Me,” the haunting, Oscar®-winning hit from the film EVITA.
Synopsis: Eva Perón used her smarts and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic.
Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway
CLOSING January 6, 2013
War Horse uses puppetry to tell the story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. At the outbreak of World War I, Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France, but Albert cannot forget him and embarks on a mission to find him and bring him home.
Synopsis: War Horse centers on the relationship between Albert, a teenager growing up on a farm in Devon, England, just before World War I, and his beloved half-thoroughbred horse, Joey. Albert’s family is poor, and his father raises cash by selling Joey to the cavalry as the war begins in 1914. Too young to enlist, Albert craves news of his horse, which was shipped to the battlefield in France. Three years later, Albert runs away to join the army, determined to find Joey and bring him home. Meanwhile, this smart and brave horse is pulled into service on both sides of the conflict before being left on his own in no-man’s-land, surrounded by trenches and barbed wire.
Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 150 West 65th Street
Closing August 23, 2012
Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, who lives in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina, and his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her pimp, and Sportin’ Life, a drug dealer. The musical features the classics “Summertime,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” “I Got Plenty of Nothing,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”
Synopsis: The classic story by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the crippled but courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.
Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036
Recommended for ages 12 and up
Opens January 12, 2012, Through July 8th (?)
Closing August 18, 2012
Just in case you haven’t seen the movie, Ghost follows a young couple, Sam and Molly, who are mugged while walking home to their New York apartment one night. Sam is murdered and trapped between two worlds as a ghost, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.
Synopsis: GHOST is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. The original score is by multiple Grammy® Award winners Dave Stewart (the Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard, and includes the emblematic “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers.
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street
Previews: March 15, 2012, Opening: April 23, 2012
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including an intermission
Closing August 26, 2012
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier (Raven-Symone) witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found: a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the power of friendship, Sister Act is reason for Broadway to rejoice!
Synopsis: Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with the with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Sister Act, much like it’s namesake movie, is produced by Whoopi Goldberg.
Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway
Previews begin March 24, 2011, Opens April 20th
Closing August 5, 2012
TURN UP THAT DIAL…From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.
Synopsis: Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, MEMPHIS features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.
2010 Best Musical, Best Original Score, Nominated for 8 Awards, Won 4
Shubert Theatre 225 W 44th Street (Broadway and 8th Aves)
Opening Night: October 19, 2009
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