Look Back at Avenue Q’s Historic Broadway Closing

Off-Broadway News   Look Back at Avenue Q’s Historic Broadway Closing
 
The unconventional musical that put an adult twist on Sesame Street, ended its six-year Broadway run September 13, 2009, after playing more than 2,500 performances at the John Golden Theatre.

The Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, the surprise hit of the 2003-2004 season, ended its Broadway run September 13, 2009.

In a dramatic reversal, producers of the Tony-winning Broadway musical took to the stage of the Golden Theatre on what was to have been the show's closing night to announce that it would take the unusual step of moving Off-Broadway, and reopen at New World Stages.

Avenue Q first opened at Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre in March 2003, before transferring to Broadway in July of that year.

Avenue Q continues its current run at New World Stages.

The original cast included Jennifer Barnhart, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jordan Gelber, Ann Harada, Rick Lyon, John Tartaglia and Natalie Venetia Belcon.

Capitalized at $3.5 million, Avenue Q recouped its full investment in ten months on Broadway. Avenue Q features music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, a book by Jeff Whitty and direction by Jason Moore. The musical was produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, The Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.

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