"Spelling Bee" To Come To A Close

Mo Rocca, far right, with cast members in a scene from "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Be."
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"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is packing up the alphabet and closing shop.

The little musical that made it big on Broadway will bring down the curtain Jan. 20 after 1,136 performances at Circle in the Square Theatre.

"Spelling Bee" was first done in 2004 at Barrington Stage, an enterprising theater company in Massachusetts. Directed by James Lapine, it had its New York premiere in February 2005 at off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre before moving to Broadway the following May. It won two Tonys.

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The musical, which has a score by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, follows the tribulations of six quirky school children, played by adult actors, who attempt to spell their way through a parade of difficult words and emerge the winner.