Avenue Q will end its 15-plus-year run in New York City on April 28, 2019, producers have announced. Upon closing, Avenue Q will have played a grand total of 6,537 performances from its first Broadway preview on July 14, 2003, to its final show at New World Stages next year.
Avenue Q, written by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty, 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 Nicholas Kohn, Jason Jacoby, Matt Dengler, Gizel Jimenez, Lacretta, Jamie Glickman, Michael Liscio Jr., Imari Hardon, Katie Boren, Rob Morrison and Grace Choi. Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Avenue Q's puppets are conceived and designed by Rick Lyon, with musical supervision by Stephen Oremus, choreography by Ken Roberson, scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Mirena Rada, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, musical direction by Brian Hertz, animation design by Robert Lopez, and incidental music by Gary Adler.