Road Closed: Avenue Q Ends Tony-Winning Broadway Run Sept. 13

News   Road Closed: Avenue Q Ends Tony-Winning Broadway Run Sept. 13
Everything in life is only for now, indeed. The little show that could and did, Avenue Q, ends its six-year, Tony Award-winning run Sept. 13 at 7 PM at the John Golden Theatre.

When it closes, the puppet-friendly musical about young men, women and their furry friends searching for purpose while exploring the ups and downs of life will have played 22 previews and 2,534 performances.

After an acclaimed Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre, Avenue Q began previews at Broadway's Golden Theatre July 10, 2003, and officially opened July 31. The original cast included Jennifer Barnhart, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jordan Gelber, Ann Harada, Rick Lyon, John Tartaglia and Natalie Venetia Belcon.

Original cast member Barnhart remained for the show's entire run. Ann Harada, who triumphed as Christmas Eve, recently returned to the production for the final weeks. The last Broadway cast also includes Anika Larsen (Xanadu; All Shook Up; Rent; Shafrika, the White Girl) as Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut, Robert McClure (I'm Not Rapport) as Princeton/Rod, Danielle K. Thomas as Gary Coleman, Christian Anderson as Trekkie Monster and Nicholas Kohn as Brian with ensemble members Minglie Chen and Seth Rettberg.

In a recent statement producer Robyn Goodman said, "We will miss our furry friends on 45th Street but are very proud of their longevity." About Republican puppet Rod, Goodman added, "A disappointed Rod was hoping for an Obama bail out and swore he would turn Democrat if it happened."

Capitalized at $3.5 million, Avenue Q recouped its full investment in ten months on Broadway. As of June 21, the musical had grossed $117,009,852 and had returned $23,500,000 to its investors to date. Major productions have also played Las Vegas, London, Australia and the road. 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.

Puppets were conceived and designed by original cast member Rick Lyon. The production 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 won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Jeff Whitty) and Best Original Score (Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx).

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As the Tony Award-winning Jeff Marx-Robert Lopez-Jeff Whitty musical Avenue Q ends its six-year run at Broadway's Golden Theatre, we thought we'd take a look back at the musical via its coverage.

What follows are links to various Avenue Q-related news articles, special features, photo calls and audio and video offerings that have appeared on since the puppet-friendly musical's Off-Broadway debut at the Vineyard Theatre.

We hope you enjoy traveling down Avenue Q.

Once-TV-Bound Avenue Q Evolves Into New Off-Broadway Musical

Puppets and People Sing in New Musical Avenue Q Off-Broadway, Feb. 20

Brought To You by the Letter Q: Puppet Musical Avenue Q Opens Off-Broadway, March 19

THE LEADING MEN: A ‘Phantom’ phenom—McGillin, Tartaglia & Gurland

Audio: Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez talk about the idea for Avenue Q plus a song from the show's demo recording

Audio: Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez talk about the song, "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," the plot of Avenue Q and the possible future of the show. Another demo track is played as well.

Avenue Q to Move to Broadway's Golden July 31

Uptown-Bound: Director Moore Preps Avenue Q for a Broadway Upgrade

Puppets Take Manhattan as Musical Avenue Q Opens on Broadway, July 31

DIVA TALK: Ecstasy on Avenue Q Plus Buckley and Carmello on Disc

Toys 'N' the Hood

DIVA TALK: A Chat with Avenue Q's Stephanie D'Abruzzo Plus News of Egan, Holliday and MORE

Fantasies Come True: Broadway's Avenue Q Cast Recording Released Oct. 7

ON THE RECORD: Q, "Boston" and Herman

DIVA TALK: Avenue Q and Fiddler Spread Joy at Easter Bonnet

Give Us Your Money! Musical Avenue Q Recoups Investment on Broadway; Tour Next

Fantasies Come True


Wife, Avenue Q, Assassins, Henry IV Are 2004 Tony Award Winners; Mays, Menzel, Jackman, Rashad Golden

Avenue Q to Play Vegas, Not the Road

PHOTO CALL: Avenue Q Turns a Big One Year Old on Broadway


People, Puppets and Vegas

DIVA TALK: Chatting with Avenue Q's Jennifer Barnhart

Bush and Kerry (Puppets) Battle on Broadway at Times Square Avenue Q Debate

DIVA TALK: Catching Up with Avenue Q's Ann Harada

THE LEADING MEN: Tartaglia Departs

DIVA TALK: Q Gals Reminisce as Tartaglia Departs the Avenue

Tony Winner Avenue Q Is Two Years Old on Broadway July 31

Give Us Your Money! Wynn Las Vegas Bets on New Avenue Q, Run Starts Aug. 27

THE LEADING MEN: Here’s Johnny!

Still, Only For Now: Avenue Q Reaches 1,000 Performances on Broadway, Dec. 22

Kate Monster To Be Flower Girl and Nicky Ring Bearer at Avenue Q Stars’ Vegas Wedding

What You Talking 'Bout, Whitty? Avenue Q Bookwriter Reveals Character Change for London

Puppeteer, "Who Lives in Canada," Wins Avenue Q's "One Night Stand"

Whitty Whittles at Avenue Q

Avenue Q Opens in London June 28

Brought to You by the Number 3: Tony-Winning Musical Avenue Q Reaches End of Third Year on Broadway

THE LEADING MEN: Brian d'Arcy James and Howie Michael Smith

NBC's "Scrubs" to Feature Musical Episode with Songs by Q Composers

Audio: Stephanie D’Abruzzo podcast

A Furry Home Companion: "Avenue Q: The Book" Is Now Available

"Fantasies Come True": Avenue Q Plays 1,500th Broadway Performance March 4

PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: John Tartaglia


Fantasies Come True: Avenue Q Launches National Tour from San Diego June 30

"Only 4 Now": Avenue Q Hits Fourth Anniversary on Broadway

Video: Don't Quit Your Day Job: A Talk with Avenue Q's Mrs. T


PHOTO CALL: Avenue Q Set Gets Frosted on "Ace of Cakes"

Puppet Pleaser- Meet Robert McClure

Avenue Q Celebrates Fifth Birthday July 31; Alumni Invited

Audio: Christy Carlson Romano podcast

DIVA TALK: Chatting with Avenue Q's Christy Carlson Romano

PHOTO CALL: Avenue Q's Rod Urges America to Vote Nov. 4

Avenue Q Launches "Only for Now" Lyric Contest

Avenue Q "Only for Now" Lyric Contest Yields Four Possibilities

Avenue Q Creators Decide to Keep Bush Reference in "For Now" Finale

DIVA TALK: Chatting with Shafrika and Avenue Q's Anika Larsen Plus Next to Normal on CD

Avenue Q to Close in September

London's Avenue Q Extends to January 2010

Tony Winner Avenue Q Turns Six on Broadway


ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Last Stop on the Q


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