The departure will leave New York without Kate Monster, Lucy The Slut and the Bad Idea Bears for the first time in 15 years.
“We are incredibly proud of the fact that Avenue Q transformed the careers of so many people in our company throughout its run,” said producers Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group. “The show gave audiences the opportunity to laugh, escape from the outside world for two hours and have tons of fun. Avenue Q proved to be timeless and we learned that sometimes it takes a puppet to make us realize how remarkable, complicated and messy it is to be human.”
When it closes next spring, the triple-Tony winning musical will have played 6,537 performances from its first Broadway preview on July 14, 2003, to its final performance at Off Broadway’s New World Stages.
In addition to the 2004 Best Musical Tony, Avenue Q scored trophies for Jeff Whitty’s book and the Robert Lopez-Jeff Marx score.
The Broadway production recouped its $3.5 million investment in 10 months. After six years at Broadway’s John Golden Theater, the musical took up residence at the five-theater New World Stages complex in Hells Kitchen.
Avenue Q, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, with puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon.