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Dishing out daily (or almost daily) Broadway musical news and gossip. The companion site to The Broadway Musical Home (broadwaymusicalhome.com), a directory of Broadway musicals with the story, songs, merchandise, video clips, lyrics, tickets, rights & awards for almost 200 shows.

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Opening/Closing on Broadway: Shrek, White Christmas, Finian’s Rainbow, Ragtime, Come Fly Away, American Idiot, Altar Boyz, Ragtime

As previously announced, Shrek closed on Broadway on Sunday after an admirable run of 441 performances at the Broadway Theatre. Also closing Sunday was the holiday favorite White Christmas, which played out its limited engagement at the Marquis.

And last week a shocker of an announcement hit Broadway audiences that another of the critically acclaimed productions that just opened – Finian’s Rainbow – will be playing its last performance on Jan 17. Coming on the heels of the Ragtime closing announcement, a number of big names like Matthew Broderick are doubting the lasting power of anything that’s not a “sure bet” in this economy…

But, along with the closings and bemoaning came some happier news: Producer James L. Nederlander announced that Come Fly Away, Twyla Tharp’s Frank Sinatra inspired musical, will open March 25. The musical, originally titled Come Fly With Me, played a sold-out engagement last year at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.

And it’s official: another out-of-town favorite, American Idiot, is taking over at the St. James on April 10. If you haven’t yet heard of this show, you soon will – the creative team is an incredible assembly of Broadway big-hitters, and if the reviews from its Berkely Rep run are any indication – this show may be a contender for many of those looking for one of Broderick’s “sure bet[s].”

Closing this week are Off-Broadway’s Altar Boyz and the extended run of Broadway’s Ragtime.

If we’ve learned anything from 2009 it’s this: if there’s anything on Broadway you’ve been dying to see, see it now! Unless it’s Phantom of the Opera or Wicked, there’s no guarantee it’ll be around beyond next week.

Principal cast announced for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Randy Skinner, with music supervision by Rob Berman, has announced the stars for this year’s re-mounting.

The cast will be helmed by James Clow (Assassins, Wonderful Town, Company, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers), Melissa Errico (Dracula, My Fair Lady, High Society), Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, A Chorus Line, On the Town), Mara Davi (A Chorus Line, The Drowsy Chaperone, No, No Nanette), Ruth Williamson (La Cage Aux Folles), Peter Reardon (Urinetown, Passion, Meet Me in St. Louis, La Cage Aux Folles), Remy Auberjonois, Cliff Bemis, Madeleine Yen and David Ogden Stiers.

Previews begin Friday, November 13 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 3, 2010. Additional casting will be announced shortly.


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White Christmas returns to Broadway this November, Burn the Floor extends the run through January

Today marked a couple of big Broadway announcements:

Last year’s big holiday hit, White Christmas, will begin performances at the Marquis Theatre on November 13 and run through Jan 3. Casting and schedule information will be announced shortly.

And if you’re not up for sappy holiday songs this winter, you’re in luck – the hot dance musical Burn the Floor has just announced that its run will extend through to Jan 3.  Producers have not yet announced whether or not Anya and Pasha will continue with the production through the end of the run.

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