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Now Closing: 5 Shows To See Before They Close in Spring 2019

Category Broadway

|by Mark Robinson |

Don’t miss your chance to see these hit shows

Broadway plays and musicals come and go. Some stay with us for a long time, and others are limited engagements or close prematurely. Here are some not-to-be-missed shows that are currently lighting up the Great White Way, but will soon be departing this spring. 

'Anastasia' will close on March 31 (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

'Anastasia' will close on March 31 (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

This Ahrens and Flaherty musical – based on the beloved animated film of the same name – has seen its fair share of rabid Broadway fans. Starring Christy Altomare, the show tells the story of an orphan named Anya who embarks on a “journey to the past” to discover the origins of her family, and runs into royalty along the way. Anastasia closes on March 25, 2019. 

Avenue Q
The Tony-winning hit recently accounced that it will depart its current Off-Broadway home this spring. This musical send-up of a Sesame Street-like children’s story – which has a score by Robert Lopez (Frozen) and Jeff Marx, and follows a recent college graduate trying to make his way in the not-so-PG world of New York City – had a Broadway run in 2003 before transferring to Off-Broadway’s New World Stages in 2009. Avenue Q will take its final, puppet-assisted bow on May 26, 2019. 

The Band’s Visit
This 10-time Tony-winning show has made quite the splash since its arrival on Broadway in 2017. Originally starring Katrina Lenk and Tony Shaloub – who both took home acting Tonys for their performances – the story follows an Egyptian police band that becomes stranded in a tiny town in Israel for an evening of unintended cross-cultural enlightement, much of which occurs thorugh the magic of music. The Band’s Visit will play its final performance on April 7, 2019. 

Kinky Boots
Arguably the hardest show for us to say goodbye to is the long-running, 2013 Tony winner for Best Musical, Kinky Boots. In an effort to save his collapsing shoe business, not to mention the jobs of his beloved employees, Charlie Price makes an unlikely partnership with the drag queen Lola. Together, they design a line of footwear for the feet of cross-dressing men, creating a bond of friendship along the way. The musical features a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. Kinky Boots closes on April 7, 2019.

The Other Josh Cohen
This romp of a musical comedy follows Josh Cohen, an average guy who receives an unexpected inheritence, as well as a visit from his future – and better-looking – self. Full of heart, musicians who double as actors and Neil Diamond fandom, this is one of the season’s Off-Broadway favorites. The Other Josh Cohen will take its final bow on April 7, 2019. 

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at


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