Sunday, January 4, 2009

Broadway Goes Dimmer With The Closing of HAIRSPRAY and Several Other Shows

The final curtain came down earlier today on the Tony Award-winning musical HAIRSPRAY after the matinee performance at the Neil Simon Theatre. I took the photos of the marquee earlier during the final matinee performance.
The colorful '60s-set musical based on the 1988 John Waters film comedy will have played 31 previews and 2,641 regular performances by its close. In late 2008 original Tony-winning stars Harvey Fierstein (Best Actor in a Musical) and Marissa Jaret Winokur (Best Actress in a Musical) returned to play zaftig Baltimore mother and daughter Edna and Tracy Turnblad, respectively. On hand at the closing performance will be many former Hairspray cast members, including Laura Bell Bundy, Kerry Butler, Mary Bond Davis, Shannon Durig, Linda Hart, Jackie Hoffman, Aubrey O'Day and George Wendt, plus the show's creators, including librettists Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, composer and co-lyricist Marc Shaiman, lyricist Scott Wittman, choreographer Jerry Mitchell and director Jack O'Brien.
The other shows that closed today are Grease, Young Frankenstein, Dividing the Estate, 39 Steps, 13, White Christmas, and Liza's at the Palace (Liza Minnelli), some as scheduled, and some as a result of declining audiences in grim economic times.

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