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Broadway roundup: Shuffle Along closing, The Humans moving and more

Written by
David Cote

There’s never a dull moment on the Great White Way—and we’re not just talking show-stopping chorus numbers. Besides the seasonal turnover in casting—Hamilton loses Lin-Manuel Miranda, Philippa Soo and Leslie Odom Jr. on July 9—shows are closing or moving venues. Here’s the latest:

Producer Scott Rudin announced that since Shuffle Along was going to lose Audra McDonald (pictured) to maternity leave on July 24, he decided to shutter the entire production. Box office was sluggish and the show was shut out of the Tony Awards due to the Hamilton sweep.

An American in Paris has enjoyed a longer run, but it too will succumb to slow box office. The dance-filled adaptation of the Gene Kelly movie will close January 1. By then it will have played 719 regular performances and 29 previews.

Rudin’s news is not all bad: The Humans, will move to the Gerald Schoenfeld on August 9. The show plays its final performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre on July 24, and then takes a two-week hiatus. That’s an increase of about 482 seats. When’s the last time you saw a play upgrade like that?

As Adam Feldman reported earlier this week, the marvelous Fun Home posted a September 10 closing date. We are all sad to see it go, and hope to revisit it.

Another show we should see again before it’s history: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Last performance: September 4. A perfect summer outing to see a singular play.

And don’t forget this earlier post about more shows to catch this month.

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