Come January, there are going to be a whole lot of empty houses on Broadway. Just yesterday, the hilarious and profitable revival of Boeing-Boeing announced that it will close January 4th. Now today comes news that the critically reviled but commercially popular revival of Grease will shutter on the same day.
Both shows will have national tours; in fact, the Grease tour recently launched in Providence. The 45-week Boeing-Boeing tour will kick off in September of 2009, although no dates have yet been announced.
OK, so this means that, come February, the following shows with open-ended runs will have closed: Young Frankenstein, Spring Awakening, Hairspray, Spamalot, 13, Grease, and Boeing-Boeing. The Gypsy revival will close shortly after that, in March. There are certainly new shows on the horizon to fill some of those theaters (9-to-5, The Story of My Life, Vanities, and Blithe Spirit, to name a few), but I get the sense that come spring, there will be quite a few Broadway houses dark, which is a sight we haven't really seen for quite a while.
Grease is the only Broadway show currently running that I either haven't seen or don't have tickets for. Will I be rushing to catch it before it closes?
In the words of Mayor Shinn, not on your corn plasters.