Avenue Q sets closing date after 15+ years in New York City

The Tony Award-winning "Best Musical" will play its final performance at New World Stages on April 28, 2019.

The Cast of Avenue Q

"For Now" you still have time to catch the Tony Award-winning "Best Musical" Avenue Q, but after a Broadway and Off-Broadway run over over 15 years, producers have now announced a closing date of April 28, 2019, at New World Stages. Upon closing, the production will have played a total of 6,537 performances since its first Broadway preview on July 14, 2003.

The producers released a joint statement: “We are incredibly proud of the fact that Avenue Q transformed the careers of so many people in our company throughout its run. The show gave audiences the opportunity to laugh, escape from the outside world for two hours and have tons of fun. Avenue Q proved to be timeless and we learned that sometimes it takes a puppet to make us realize how remarkable, complicated and messy it is to be human.”

Avenue Q features music & lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, with a book by Jeff Whitty, and is directed by Jason Moore.

Synopsis: "Avenue Q is set in a rundown outer-borough neighbourhood, where the residents - both puppets and humans - deal with everyday New York challenges like getting a job, falling in love and discovering their purpose in life."

The current cast includes Grace Choi (as Christmas Eve), Matt Dengler (as Princeton and Rod), Jamie Glickman (as Mrs. T., Bear & Others), Jason Jacoby (as Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Bear & Others), Drama Desk Award nominee Gizel Jiménez (as Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut), Nicholas Kohn (as Brian), and Lacretta (as Gary Coleman).

Ensemble members include Katie Boren and newcomer Rob Morrison, and swings include Michael Liscio, Jr. and Imari Hardon.

Avenue Q debuted off-Broadway, co-produced by The New Group and the Vineyard Theatre, in March 2003 and transferred to Broadway's Golden Theatre in July 2003. The show went on to win the 2004 Tony Awards for "Best Musical," "Best Score" (for Mr. Lopez and Mr. Marx), and "Best Book of a Musical" (for Mr. Whitty) and enjoy a Broadway run of more than 6 years, closing on September 13, 2009. The production moved to Off-Broadway's New World Stages on October 9, 2009, and officially opened on October 21. 

The creative team features puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon, musical supervision by Stephen Oremus, choreography by Ken Roberson, scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Mirena Rada, lighting design by Howell Binkley, and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.

The musical comedy is produced at New World Stages by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, The Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.

Avenue Q Tickets are available now for performances through to April 28, 2019.

(Photo by Carol Rosegg)