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Broadway ‘Heights’ to shutter in January

Musical will have played for almost three years

Add “In the Heights” to the list of Broadway productions to announce a January closing this season, with the Tony-winning tuner set to shutter Jan. 9.

Creator-composer-performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, one of the production’s original stars, will return to the show for the musical’s final 19 perfs.

Show played a six-month run Off Broadway ahead of Main Stem perfs that began in February 2008. Musical went on to pick up four Tonys, including the top tuner trophy, that June, prompting strong summer sales that helped the show recoup its $10 million capitalization costs in about 10 months.

“Heights” also repped an initial step in Miranda’s Hollywood career. A film adaptation from Universal is in the works, with Miranda on board to star and Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical”) attached to helm, and in 2009 he landed a development deal with DreamWorks Animation. As an actor, he recently had a guest stint on “House.”

After that robust first summer, which saw weekly grosses top the $1 million mark more than once, “Heights” has seen B.O. gradually slacken, with individual weeks often rising and falling with seasonal tides of tourism.

The Broadway incarnation has so far grossed about $98 million. Last week the production brought in $539,364 and played to auds at 68% of capacity.

Every year a number of Broadway productions shutter in January in a timing strategy that allows sagging shows to take advantage of the annual holiday B.O. bounty that comes during the Thanksgiving frame and the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. This year “Promises, Promises” is also already set to close, along with limited engagements of shows including “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” “The Merchant of Venice” and “A Life in the Theatre.”

Helmed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, “Heights” follows a group of residents in uptown Manhattan neighborhood Washington Heights. Cast of the Broadway staging currently includes “American Idol” alum Jordin Sparks.

A touring production of “Heights” launched a year ago in Tampa, Fla.

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