Avenue Q plays final performance on Broadway
After 6 years on Broadway the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q will play its final performance on 13 Sep 2009 at the John Golden Theatre. It will have played 2,534 regular performances and 22 previews, surpassing 'The Producers' (on 17 Aug 2009), 'Annie,' 'Oklahoma!' and 'Pippin,' among many others to become the 20th longest running show in Broadway history.
The musical began previews on Broadway on 11 Jul 2003, opened on 31 Jul 2003, and went on to win three 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical.
The musical is about 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 show opened to mostly excellent reviews from the popular press: ï¿½Eminently likable.ï¿½ (New York Times);ï¿½Has so much to recommend it.ï¿½ (New Yorker); ï¿½Good dirty fun.ï¿½ (New York Post); ï¿½Warmth and wit that will disarm the most jaded grown-ups.ï¿½ (USA Today); ï¿½Hip new musical comedy.ï¿½ (Time Magazine).
Avenue Q has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, and is directed by Jason Moore. Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, with puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon, Avenue Q has 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 is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, The Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.
"We will miss our furry friends on 45th street but are very proud of their longevity," stated Avenue Q producer Robyn Goodman. Of Rod, the Avenue Q puppet who is a lifelong member of the Republican party, Goodman adds "a disappointed Rod was hoping for an Obama bail out and swore he would turn Democrat if it happened."
Avenue Q stars Jennifer Barnhart (Mrs. T, Bear & Others) and Ann Harada (Christmas Eve), both original cast members, and also features Christian Anderson (Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Bear and Others), Nicholas Kohn (Brian), Danielle K. Thomas (Gary Coleman), Robert McClure (Princeton, Rod) and Anika Larsen (Kate Monster, Lucy & others).
In addition to its long run on Broadway, Avenue Q spawned a 2005 Las Vegas production; a 2006 West End production - which concluded its run at the Noel Coward Theatre in March 2009 only to re-open at the Gielgud Theatre in June 2009; and a U.S. national tour - which recently concluded a successful two year run in May 2009.
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