With all of the closings happening on Broadway at the moment, it’s hard not to think about it. Theatre is a living being. Openings are like births. Closings are like deaths. Everything that happens in between is life, and life is full of love, excitement, emotion, and heartbreak.
Recently, Howard Sherman wrote a great blog discussing the winter closings on Broadway. The upside to closings is that they make room for new shows. However, that doesn’t mean theatregoers won’t feel a loss when they lose a beloved show.
Personally, I’ve been feeling the loss of Billy Elliot as it closed on Broadway January 8 and the tour left the Kennedy Center on Sunday. Often, the more I experience a show, the more attached I become to it. Up until this past month, I had only seen Billy Elliot a few times, and each experience was separated by over a year. I didn’t feel like I truly understood the show until I saw it more repeatedly in a short amount of time. This is also true of others shows, like Les Miserables, Wicked, Rent, and Spring Awakening (to name a few). Thankfully, new shows will arise and fill the gap left by others. In the meantime, I am enthusiastically planning my next trip to London, which will include multiple trips to Les Miserables and Billy Elliot.