Avenue Q Will Remain Open for Four More Weeks After Surge in Demand
Avenue Q, the 2004 Tony-winning Best Musical, will delay its final performance at New World Stages due to renewed popular demand. The show previously set an April 28 closing date for its long-running off-Broadway mounting, but will now run four more weeks through May 26.
Produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre, and the New Group, Avenue Q will have played a total of 6569 performances upon closing, from its first Broadway preview on July 14, 2003 to its final performance at New World Stages on May 26.
Written by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty, Avenue Q opened off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre on March 20, 2003, before moving to Broadway's Golden Theatre, where it officially opened on July 31 of that year under the direction of Jason Moore. The show went on to win three 2004 Tony Awards: Best Book, Best Score, and Best Musical. The Broadway production closed on September 13, 2009, and reopened off-Broadway at New World Stages on October 21, 2009.
The current cast includes Katie Boren, Grace Choi, Matt Dengler, Jamie Glickman, Imari Hardon, Jason Jacoby, Nicholas Kohn, Veronica Kuehn, Lacretta, Michael Liscio, Jr., and Rob Morrison.
Avenue Q is described as a "timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet entrepreneur), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman), and other new friends! Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life."