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Rumor: Avenue Q to end on Broadway

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by muppetinsider, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

  2. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    The tour is supposedly to end this spring (unless there has been an extension I haven't heard about) and I do know that for a fact. Maybe people are confusing the Broadway Show with the touring one?
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I hope you're right. I think maybe the tour and Vegas shows were watering down Q's appeal. When Broadway is the only rout I'm sure buisness will be healthy enough to continue the run.
  4. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    Still if something stays only there many of us would never see certain shows ever :sympathy:.
  5. rickly

    rickly New Member

    Perhaps the radio program you heard was merely someone's speculation.

    There are no plans at this time to close the Broadway production of AVENUE Q.

    The London production is scheduled to close in March but will likely tour the UK thereafter.

    The current American national tour is scheduled to close in May, but a non-Equity (non-union) national tour is planned in the fall.

    Rick Lyon
    Puppet Designer, AVENUE Q
  6. muppetinsider

    muppetinsider New Member

    There are 13 shows in the line to close, and Avenue Q is in that lineup. I do not see how they would just throw that in the list if it weren't true. Maybe that's news that's gonna hit the people involved last. That's usually the way it works.
  7. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Thanks for the update. You appear to be the most reliable source on Q. News reports get things wrong all the time.

    What can be expected with a non-Equity tour? How will it differ aside from employment structure?
  8. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie New Member

    Hello Rick Lyon!

    So nice to see you on here! I saw the show on Broadway twice and unfortunately, you were out both times. You're the only original cast member that I never got to see. Boo-hoo!

    Thanks for setting the record straight, though.

    :p
  9. Keeermit

    Keeermit Active Member

    Its not true - Avenue Q is not closing - well not according to one of the Broadway Stage Managers who I spoke to today. We can all sleep easy tonight :)
  10. Jinx

    Jinx Member


    I’m curious to know what you base this statement on. It is not terribly uncommon for a show to post a "surprise" closing notice if it is very new, particularly if it has not received positive reviews. (For instance, Glory Days which closed after opening night.).

    Thanks, Rick, for chiming in on this! We're honored to have you here!
  11. jcnegron

    jcnegron Member

    I saw a report last sunday (maybe a rebroadcast of an earlier report) on CNN about the economy and Broadway: They talked about the shows expecting to close soon, however in contrast, There was an interview with one of the executive producers of Avenue Q who said that Avenue Q will likely continue because it doesn't have such high costs as many of the other productions.
  12. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Active Member

    NooooooOOooooOOooooooOooooo0ooo0o00o0o0oO0Ooooooooo. That sucks.
  13. Jinx

    Jinx Member

    Ummm, what sucks? That your read and believe the rumor, or that there are several posts here indicating that the show is NOT closing? Posts siting the producers, stage managers, and even the creator of the Avenue Q puppets, who would actually know if the show was closing.

    This is a good illustration of just how dangerous it can be to start/spread rumors that cannot be substantiated!
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider Boston for the next tour. I sadly missed it the first time. :wisdom:
  15. wes

    wes Active Member

    That sucks, i think the Economy thing is crazy.

    I think that the Goverment invented it. to scare people. and to shut down aveune Q

    Just my two scents.
  16. Jinx

    Jinx Member

    HELLO? Is anyone doing ANY kind of research on this unfounded RUMOR?

    Come on, let's stop crying about something that has not even been announced! And does appear likely to do so any time soon. Their lyric contest is coming to a head very soon, which would indicate that they plan on running for a while yet. Also, as has been pointed out before, Avenue Q does not have as much overhead as many other shows, and it has been doing respectable numbers at the box office. Hardly a broadway death-knell!

    So stop grieving over information that has not been substantiated! RESEARCH a rumor before giving it ANY creedence.
  17. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    I think the sad thing is that alot of the shows that actually are ending only opened in the last year or so. They really haven't had much of a chance. Boeing Boeing, for instance, is a revival of a really good, classic play (and the revival's even a Tony winner) and it's sad that it has to close so soon.
  18. Jinx

    Jinx Member

    This is not at all an unusual thing. Very often a critically acclaimed show will fail to get a good footing to run.

    A number of the shows this season that are closing were only limited runs to begin with. In the case of Boeing, Boeing the producers made their money back (which is always good news) about three months ago, but much of their draw was the "star power" names in the show. They chose to close when most of their contracts expire, rather than trying to chance it without the name draw. But don't cry for them. They'll be launching a 45-city tour this fall.

    Then don't forget about stock/amateur rights to produce the show subsequently.

    We tend to blame the current economic situation, but truthfully, this is just business as usual on broadway. Shows open, shows close. There are always producers waiting for a house to become available to bring in the next new show.


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