Thursday, June 14, 2012

Four Closings and An Opening

Three shows will be closing in the next week and a half, with another show holding its opening night tonight.

John Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities will be closing after this coming Sunday's matinee, June 17th.  At the time of its closing, the play will have performed 25 previews and 261 regular performances.  Moving into the Booth after the closing show will be the 50th anniversary revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert has also posted a closing notice, this time for June 24th -- in order to avoid being open during the traditionally slow July 4th period.  At the time of that closing, the show will have played 23 previews and 526 performances.  Moving into the Palace after the closing will be the 35th anniversary revival of Annie.

Also closing on June 24th will be the first ever Broadway revival of Godspell, a production near and dear to my heart.  At the time of its closing, the show will have played 30 previews and 264 performances.  No word has yet been released as to what show will next be moving into the Circle in the Square.

The last closing notice that has been posted of late is for the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes.  The Tony-winning revival will close on August 5th, at which point the show will have played 32 previews and 553 regular performances at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.  No word yet about that theater's next tenant.

With every closing door (or closing show), another opens.  That comes in the form of the Roundabout's Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Harvey, which opens tonight at Studio 54 and stars two-time Emmy award winner Jim Parsons in the leading role.  This show may get Jim his first Tony nomination (though I doubt he'll win, but I guess we'd have to see who the competition is).  I can't wait to see what the reviews are like tomorrow!

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