Among the Puppets

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Avenue Q's final performance on Broadway Sept. 13 was your standard last-show scenario: longer entrance applause, healthier song ovations and a cheerier audience peppered with creatives (Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, etc.), celebrities (Lonny Price and Justin Bond, to name a few), former cast members (Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jordan Gelber, Sarah Stiles, more) and a lot of members of the press.

The show, which sings about the expiration of things in "Only for Now," had changed the final shouted lyric (usually "George Bush") to "This show!/Is only for now..." So, when the smiling producer Kevin McCollum took the stage among a teary crowd of former cast members — who glided across the stage in the closing number (minus notables like John Tartaglia and Natalie Venetia Belcon, represented by headshots) — the audience did not expect what was to come.

Following such parting words as "Sometimes it doesn't take a whole village, it only takes an Avenue" and a joke about re-negotiations with The Shuberts, McCollum handed over the mic to co-creators Marx (who noted "Firstly, don't I look great?") and Lopez (who took his moment back from his cut-off speech at the Tony Awards to say "I love you, Kristen [his wife.]") The producer then took back the microphone and surprisingly announced that the show was in fact NOT ending, only moving blocks away to the "Broadway-adjacent" New World Stages to start back Off-Broadway in three and a half weeks (Performances begin Oct. 9. Tickets are now on sale through and

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