'Avenue Q' Musical to Close After 16-Year Run

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The production premiered in 2003 and quickly made a name for itself, beating out 'Wicked' for best musical at the 2004 Tony Awards.

After a nearly 16-year run in New York, Avenue Q will close in April.

The comedy examines human behavior via puppets, chronicling their post-collegiate journeys as they navigate everything from racism to porn.

The show's producers — Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group — made the announcement Monday, saying, "We are incredibly proud of the fact that Avenue Q transformed the careers of so many people in our company throughout its run. 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."

Avenue Q premiered off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in February 2003 before transferring to Broadway's John Golden Theatre in July of that same year. The show went on to win three Tony Awards, including an unexpected best musical honor in 2004, toppling the mega-production Wicked. The show moved to off-Broadway's New World Stages in 2009, where it has played for more than nine years. 

After the final performance April 28, Avenue Q will have been seen more than 6,500 times. On Broadway alone, the show's box office totaled $121.9 million.