Broadway Fast 5: August

1. Wicked claims new spot as 8th longest-running Broadway musical
Just before the tour flew back to the Fox Cities this month, the New York production of Wicked became the eighth longest-running show on Broadway, surpassing Mamma Mia! with its 5,759th performance on August 16.

2. Broadway closings announced
As fall comes upon us, Broadway shows have begun to announce closing dates. Groundhog Day will wrap up its run at the August Wilson Theatre on September 17 and The Great Comet of 1812 will end its run Sept. 3. Ben Platt, of Dear Evan Hansen also announced his departure date, though fans have time to see the Tony-winner as Evan until November 19.

3. Frozen premiere date set, poster made, and tickets go on sale
Love Frozen? Then this was a big month for you. The an early look at the costumes was released, opening date was set, tickets went on sale and the poster art was revealed (along with this fascinating article about it in The New York Times that any Broadway lover with enjoy).

4. Tour casting announced
Some exciting announcements, especially for those who will enjoy these productions as they come through the Fox Cities this season. Touring casts announced this month include Waitress, School of Rock and Rent.

5. Bruce Springsteen on Broadway
It was confirmed this month that the boss himself will debut on Broadway this fall with Springsteen on Broadway, a solo show at the Walter Kerr Theatre, beginning Oct. 3. Originally planned to run through November 26, the show has already been extended into February 2018.
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