Broadway's "Avenue Q" to close after six years

Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:53am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Tony Award-winning musical "Avenue Q," which features singing puppets and adult-flavored comedy, will close in September after six years on Broadway, the producers said on Monday.

The quirky musical about a neighborhood of diverse New Yorkers pulled off an upset at the 2004 Tony Awards to win Best Musical over top-nominated show "Wicked."

The producers said it had grossed $117 million by June, 2009, and had spawned productions in Las Vegas and London, as well as a national tour of the United States.

"Avenue Q" will play its final performance on September 13, by which time it will be the 20th longest running show in Broadway history. As well as best musical, it won Tony Awards for best score and best book of a musical.

(Reporting by Claudia Parsons; editing by Patricia Reaney)