Avenue Q Will Celebrate 1,000th Performance at New World Stages
By Michael Gioia
The Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, which played a six-year run on Broadway before moving to New World Stages, will celebrate its 1,000th performance at its Off-Broadway home March 14.
On that date, the production will reach a combined total of 3,534 performances—2,534 on Broadway and 1,000 at New World Stages.
The current cast of Avenue Q includes Lexy Fridell, Nicholas Kohn, Veronica J. Kuehn, Rob Morrison, Hazel Anne Raymundo, Jeffrey David Sears and Haneefah Wood.
Avenue Q, according to press notes, "is the Tony Award-winning musical about a group of 20-something—people and puppets alike—who move to New York with big dreams and tiny bank accounts."
The production features music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and a book by Jeff Whitty. Directed by Jason Moore, Avenue Q is based on an original concept by Lopez and Marx, with puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon.
Other members of the creative team include musical supervisor Stephen Oremus, choreographer Ken Roberson, scenic designer Anna Louizos, costume designer Mirena Rada and lighting designer Howell Binkley. Sound design is by Acme Sound Partners.
Avenue Q transferred to Broadway's John Golden Theatre in July 2003 from an extended and sold-out engagement Off-Broadway, produced by Vineyard Theatre and The New Group. At the show's final performance on Broadway in September 2009, the producers announced that the musical would resume performances in October 2009 at New World Stages. The musical won three 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical.
Avenue Q is produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, The Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.
For more information, visit www.avenueq.com.
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