Avenue Q ran Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre from March through May, 2003, and won the 2003 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. It opened on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre on July 31, 2003, following previews from July 10. The show was nominated for six Tony Awards and won three, in the categories of Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Original Book. After 22 previews and 2,534 regular performances, it closed on September 13, 2009.
Original creative team members included: Jason Moore, director; Ken Roberson, choreographer; Anna Louizos, set designer; Mirenda Rada, costume designer; Howell Binkley, lighting designer; Stephen Oremus, musical director, Rick Lyon, puppet designer; and Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, and Jeffrey Seller, producers. Since its Broadway debut, Avenue Q has celebrated productions in Las Vegas, the West End, and Australia, as well as various national and international tours.
“The overschooled college graduates (some furry, some fleshy) of Avenue Q look as if they might deflate as they work their way through bouncy ditties about failure, sex and the general pettiness of life..Avenue Q shimmeringly reflects the sensibility of that demographic segment so coveted by television advertisers. For Broadway producers, who count every head in their audiences that isn’t gray as a bonus, Avenue Q qualifies as a serious blessing.” — Original New York Times review
“Amid it all, the characters grow up and move on. Puppet-on-puppet action is quite a sight, but the show’s real charm is that unlike its main characters, it has a heart.” — Time review, 2003
“There are lessons to be learned on Avenue Q: lessons about the fleeting nature of contentment and success, the highs and lows of passion, and the frustrated struggle to try and find a purpose in life. The fact that these lessons are presented by puppets that sing and dance seems clever rather than contrived.” – A review by Tom Smith from New Mexico State University, published in the Theatre Journal