Each year, the holidays dictate which shows get their pink slips for January closings. The 2012 holiday season sealed the fate for a few productions, surprising the Broadway community. Not worry, though, as some of the shows getting the axe already have National Tour productions in the works. But catch these Broadway delights if you can!
War Horse - January 6
War Horse, the show that has won the hearts of kids and adults alike will play its final performance on Broadway on January 6, 2013. This play with music was a transfer from London and quickly found a home amongst audiences along the Great White Way. The Broadway production of War Horse won the Tony Award for Best Play as well as a Special Tony for the puppet design wizardry that brought the horses to life each performance. If you didn't see the Broadway production, you can still see the show when it begins its U.S. Broadway National Tour in 2013.
Elf the Musical - January 6
A seasonal show, Elf the Musical has become an annual tradition in just the few years since the film-turned-musical hit the Broadway stage. The stage adaptation follows the storyline of the film of the same name, famously starring Will Ferrell as a full-grown man who has lived his entire life as an elf in Santa's workshop. A family-friendly show, Elf is a rollicking good time that extends the holiday cheer a little past New Year's for those still on vacation in the Big Apple.
Chaplin the Musical - January 6
The show that has quickly won over audiences and jaded theatre critics recently received the sudden announcement that the Broadway production would be coming to a close. Only the producers know why, but Chaplin the Musical was so beloved it garnered a cast album and a National Tour set for 2014. If the show does well during award season, there's a slim chance it might return to Broadway.
Dead Accounts - January 6
Not even the star power of two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz and celebrity Katie Holmes could bank on success for the new show, Dead Accounts. The show has been given an early closing of January 6th. But look for Norbert Leo Butz to star in the Chicago World premiere of the Broadway-bound musical by Andrew Lippa, Big Fish in Spring 2013.
Peter and the Starcatcher - January 20
The imaginative new telling of the familiar tale of Peter Pan, Wendy, and the gang closes January 20, 2013. Peter and the Starcatcher features a cast of 12 actors playing a hundred roles as they venture into Neverland. This audience favorite found favor with the Tony Awards, earning a trophy for Christian Borle of NBC's "SMASH" and Best Play. This beloved production has also been given a Broadway national tour set to begin later in 2013.
Evita the Musical - January 26
Go ahead and cry, Argentina. Once the well-known leads put in their notices, the dye was cast for the reworked 2012 Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's famed musical, Evita. The original Broadway production of this pop-rock and Latin-infused musical earned Tony Awards and instant thespian fame for Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. However, the 2012 Tony Award voters did not share the love for this much-hyped revival starring pop music star Ricky Martin, Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, and Argentinian Elena Roger. Catch this show before the final curtain closes January 26, 2013.