25 episodes

Step into the captivating world of Broadway musicals with Closing Night, a theater history podcast unraveling the short lives of musicals and play on Broadway. In Season 1, we explored the turbulent history of the Marquis Theatre, one of Broadway's youngest venues, beginning with the controversial demolitions that birthed its legacy. For Season 2, the focus shifts to some infamous productions that closed before actually opening on Broadway. Relive the excitement and at times artistic chaos that almost brought these musicals to Broadway and what led up to their closing night. Whether you're a theater enthusiast, creative artist, or history buff, you'll enjoy the journeys of theatrical gems that have come and gone.

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    • 4.6 • 9 Ratings

Step into the captivating world of Broadway musicals with Closing Night, a theater history podcast unraveling the short lives of musicals and play on Broadway. In Season 1, we explored the turbulent history of the Marquis Theatre, one of Broadway's youngest venues, beginning with the controversial demolitions that birthed its legacy. For Season 2, the focus shifts to some infamous productions that closed before actually opening on Broadway. Relive the excitement and at times artistic chaos that almost brought these musicals to Broadway and what led up to their closing night. Whether you're a theater enthusiast, creative artist, or history buff, you'll enjoy the journeys of theatrical gems that have come and gone.

    A Night of Songs and Stories from the Marquis Theatre

    A Night of Songs and Stories from the Marquis Theatre

    Last month, Closing Night went live at 54 Below here in New York City, exploring the songs and stories of the Marquis Theatre with Broadway performers and singers—many of whom have performed in shows at the Marquis and some of them even joined us this past podcast season.

    Patrick Oliver Jones / Diego Prieto - "I Am I, Don Quixote” (Man of La Mancha)

    Jane Summerhays / Patrick Oliver Jones - "You Would If You Could" (Me and My Girl)

    John Bolton - "The Good Old Days" (Damn Yankees)

    Jonathan Shew - "What Do I Need With Love?" (Thoroughly Modern Millie)

    Lisa Howard - "Get Out and Stay Out" (9 to 5)

    Leah Horowitz - "All for Laura" (The Woman In White)

    Diego Prieto - "I Really Like Him" (Man of La Mancha)

    E. Clayton Cornelious - "Advice from a Caterpillar" (Wonderland)

    John Bolton - "Someday Baby" (Paper Moon)

    Nadina Hassan - “Gimme Gimme” (Thoroughly Modern Millie)

    Bows - “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (Annie Get Your Gun)


    And so I wanted to let you hear these stories and songs for yourself. You can also watch the concert on YouTube.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Moose Murders Becomes the Biggest Flop in Broadway History

    Moose Murders Becomes the Biggest Flop in Broadway History

    The second season of Closing Night is set to premiere this June. But while we all eagerly await the curtain rising on our next act, here's a story about a show that famously closed on its opening night. There are actual plans to do a future season about Broadway productions that only lasted one performance. But now there's one show to take off the list of potential episodes, all because of the podcast being sharing today, a podcast that feels like a time machine, whisking us away to different eras, and immersing us in captivating stories of yesteryear.
    It’s called History Daily, but it isn't your average history podcast. It's a real treasure trove of tales from the past, delivered straight to your ears every weekday. From monumental battles to the quirkiest fashion trends, from groundbreaking scientific discoveries to the drama of politics, sports, and even theater—History Daily covers it all.
    Now, back in December, the host Lindsay Graham and his production team over at History Daily featured an episode from this podcast (remember the one all about Andrew Lloyd Webber's short-lived Broadway production of The Woman in White?). Lindsay talked about that production and shared the episode with his listeners. So now it's my turn to share one of their episodes.
    Much like Closing Night, History Daily is more than just a recounting of dates and names—it's about the lives, the struggles, and the triumphs of those who came before us. And you're about to hear a tale so legendary in the world of theater that it's become synonymous with failure: a play called Moose Murders.
    So let's journey back to February 22, 1983, as we unravel the mystery behind one of Broadway's biggest flops. It's a reminder that even the darkest nights in theater history have a story worth telling.
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    • 23 min
    Closing Night Goes Live at 54 Below!

    Closing Night Goes Live at 54 Below!

    Get ready for a night of Broadway magic as 54 Below Celebrates the Marquis Theatre on March 19th! The concert will feature performances by those who were there at the Marquis, like Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. from Nick & Nora, E. Clayton Cornelious from Wonderland, Leah Horowitz from The Woman in White, and Lisa Howard from 9 to 5 and Escape to Margaritaville.
    Patrick Oliver Jones will be hosting as well as singing that night, which just happens to be his birthday, so you don't miss this exclusive one-night-only event on March 19th, where tickets start at just $35. Visit the website 54below.com to secure your seat for this fun-filled evening, whether in person or via livestream online!
    **Use code MTHEATRE5 for $5 OFF Main Dining Room and Bar Rail cover charge.**
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    • 1 min
    A Moment to Revisit The Band's Visit on Broadway

    A Moment to Revisit The Band's Visit on Broadway

    Five years ago, the enchanting musical The Band's Visit closed on Broadway (April 7, 2019) after capturing hearts with its simplicity and profound storytelling. Composed by David Yazbek and written by Itamar Moses, it emerged as a masterpiece in the 2017-2018 season, transcending contemporary Broadway norms. At the 2018 Tony Awards, this gem earned 11 nominations and secured 10 wins, including Best Musical, triumphing over big blockbuster shows like SpongeBob Squarepants, Mean Girls, and Frozen, and running for 598 performances.
    Amidst current Middle East tensions, The Band's Visit stands out as a show that explores human connection and shows how music can bridges the divides between us. So enjoy an encore presentation of my 2018 interview with Jeff Theiss, associate conductor of The Band's Visit. We delve into the musical's score, its unique storytelling, and how it transcends political divisions to focus on our shared human experiences, reminding us of our profound commonality.
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    • 25 min
    Sharon Catherine Brown Live at BroadwayCon 2023!

    Sharon Catherine Brown Live at BroadwayCon 2023!

    In an enjoyable BroadwayCon encounter this past summer, I found myself in the heart of all things Broadway, rubbing shoulders with the stars and hosting live interviews for the Broadway Podcast Network. While my conversation with Jelani Alladin about Frozen and Hercules has already been shared in a previous episode of Why I’ll Never Make It, today we delve into my interview with the talented Broadway actress Sharon Catherine Brown.
    I had the pleasure of working with her on a new musical last year, and in this bonus episode we chat about that a bit, but the primary focus is on her time with Jekyll & Hyde. We'll also explore her contributions to iconic musicals like Dreamgirls and Caroline, Or Change, gaining valuable advice for aspiring performers along the way.


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    A production of WINMI Media. CN Theme music is by Blake Stadnik. Background music is by John Bartmann and Blue Dot Sessions is used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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    • 33 min
    BONUS: Patrick Stewart Brings A Christmas Carol to Life

    BONUS: Patrick Stewart Brings A Christmas Carol to Life

    One of the most enduring and iconic tales of the Christmas season comes from famed British writer Charles Dickens. His 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol, would become his most famous work, and the character of Scrooge is part of our lexicon now, being synonymous with someone who doesn’t enjoy the holidays.
    With many so stage and screen adaptations of this story, it surprised me to find out that its first appearance on Broadway wasn’t until 1981—a musical by Michael Legrand and Sheldon Harnick. Famed British actor and Star Trek captain, Patrick Stewart, would bring a one-man version of the Dickens classic to Broadway four different times at four different theaters, with the last time being in 2001 at the Marquis Theater.
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    Closing Night is a production of WINMI Media with Patrick Oliver Jones as host and executive producer. Dan Delgado is the editor and co-producer, not only for this podcast but also for his own movie podcast called The Industry. Maria Clara Ribeiro is co-producer.
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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Paul In Wichita ,

Fascinating

Interesting concept with lots of behind the curtain dish

DJGNYC ,

What A Delight

Can’t say enough good things about this podcast…research is on point, production values are high & clearly we all need more Patrick Oliver Jones in our lives. More please!

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