A winter chill is in the air and there's no better way to warm yourself this season than in the plush seat of a Broadway theatre. The Great White Way is preparing to say farewell to some new and longtime friends and Playbill.com is helping theatre lovers make sure they catch a glimpse of these productions before they take a final bow.
A host of Broadway productions will end their limited engagements in the coming weeks. While the final curtain may come down in New York, many shows continue to tour the country. Here's Playbill.com's roundup of final Broadway curtains, with notes, video footage and ticket information.
Here are upcoming final bows at a glance:
JAN. 2, 2011
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
West Side Story
Elf: The Musical
The Pee-Wee Herman Show
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas
JAN. 9, 2011
A Free Man of Color
In the Heights
A Little Night Music
Rock of Ages (final performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre before moving to the Helen Hayes Theatre in March) JAN. 16, 2011
Next to Normal
JAN. 30, 2011
Time Stands Still
Closing Jan. 2, 2011
Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas (On Broadway at the Marquis Theatre). The famous siblings share a Broadway stage for the first time in their holiday-themed concert. Visit Ticketmaster.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (On Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre). Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman created the cheeky, emo rock musical that plays fast and loose with history as it charts the life and legacy of America's seventh president. Benjamin Walker stars as the skinny-jean-clad president. Visit Telecharge.
Promises, Promises (On Broadway at the Broadway Theatre). Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes star in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of the groovy Neil Simon-Burt Bacharach-Hal David musical comedy about inter-office love affairs and an eager employee with an available apartment for clandestine meetings. Visit Telecharge.
Fela! (On Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre). Bill T. Jones conceived, directed, choreographed and co-authored the book to the Tony Award-winning biographical musical about Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It uses the iconic figure's music to tell his life story. Visit Telecharge.
West Side Story (On Broadway at the Palace Theatre). The Tony Award-nominated revival of the classic musical by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents ends its two-year run. Laurents himself staged the revival that incorporated Spanish into the text. Visit Ticketmaster.
Elf: The Musical (On Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre). Sebastian Arcelus stars as the misfit toymaker in the stage musical adapted from the 2003 film of the same title. The show has a book by Tony Award winners Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan and a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Visit Telecharge.
The Pee-Wee Herman Show (On Broadway at the Sondheim Theatre). Kids of all ages are reunited with the beloved Saturday morning television figure played by Paul Reubens. Pee-wee's pals Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtiss, Chairry, Ptery, Conky and Jambi all carouse around Pee-Wee's Playhouse in the romp. Visit Telecharge.
Brief Encounter (On Broadway at Studio 54). Britain's Kneehigh Theatre immerses audiences in a multimedia production of Noël Coward's tale of a budding love affair, inspired by the film of the same name. Puppets, film, dance, music, circus effects and actors doubling as musicians are all part of the wild, romantic ride. Visit RoundaboutTheatre.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (On Broadway at the Belasco Theatre). Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek penned the Madrid-set musical based on the film by Pedro Almodovar, which stars Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Bartlett Sher directs. Visit LCT.
Closing Jan. 9, 2011
La Bête (On Broadway at the Music Box Theatre). David Hirson's 1991 verse comedy about theatre people made a Broadway return via London, with a cast including Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley, under the direction of Matthew Warchus. Visit Telecharge.
A Free Man of Color (On Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater). Lincoln Center Theater presents John Guare's sprawling drama centered in New Orleans following the Haitian slave revolts, when its large population of Free People of Color inhabited a city that was more European than American in the early 19th century. Tony Award winner Jeffrey Wright, Mos, John McMartin and Veanne Cox star. Visit LCT.
In the Heights (On Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre). The Tony Award-winning Washington Heights-set musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes, concludes its two-and-a-half year Broadway run. Miranda returns to the role of bodega owner Usnavi for the final weeks. Visit Telecharge.
A Little Night Music (On Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre). Tony Award winners Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch star in the revival of the romantic musical comedy about the follies of love from Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Visit Telecharge.
Closing Jan. 16, 2011
Next to Normal (On Broadway at the Booth Theatre). The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey centers on a woman coping with depression and bipolar disorder while her family hangs in the balance. Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley star. Visit Telecharge.
Closing Jan. 30, 2011
Time Stands Still (On Broadway at the Cort Theatre). Donald Margulies' Tony Award-nominated play about war correspondents returning home stars Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James, Eric Bogosian and Christina Ricci. Visit Telecharge.