Avenue Q is a Broadway musical that mixes the likes of puppeteering and acting together on stage. It bases itself on a street where puppets and humans alike live together. It included in its original cast several veteran Muppeteers, including John Tartaglia, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Rick Lyon and Jennifer Barnhart. It is a post-modern and Generation X-themed takeoff on Sesame Street.
The show won three Tony Awards in 2004 including the Tony Award for "Best Musical", and received a Grammy award nomination for Best Musical Show Album. At the time of its closing in 2019, it was the twenty-fifth longest running show on Broadway.
- One of the musical's songs is called "Mix Tape". In this song, Princeton (originally played by John Tartaglia) gives Kate Monster (originally played by Stephanie D'Abruzzo) a mix tape, on which one of the songs is "Movin' Right Along".
- An early song developed when the show was planned as a television series was a blatant parody of "The People in Your Neighborhood" titled "How Much Do the People in Your Neighborhood Make?"
- On May 4, 2010, the then-current cast created a video Bohemian Rhapsody" viral video, and includes a brief audio snippet from the Muppets' version. performing Queen's "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" in a response to the hit "
- In the book Before You Leap, Kermit talks about his early days with the Muppets in New York City, describing their first place together as "RENT meets Friends meets Seinfeld with a dash of Avenue Q."
- A poster in the waiting queue for Oscar's Wacky Taxi at Sesame Place features Oscar the Grouch spoofing the show as "Avenue P.U."
- John Tartaglia played Princeton/Rod in the original Broadway cast.
- Stephanie D'Abruzzo played Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in the original Broadway cast.
- Rick Lyon played Nicky/Trekkie Monster/Bear in the original Broadway cast. He also built the original Avenue Q puppets and continues to build the puppets for almost every Avenue Q production.
- Jennifer Barnhart played Mrs. Thistletwat/Bear and understudied Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in the original Broadway cast. She stayed with the Broadway production until it closed on September 13, 2009, and occasionally returned to the Off-Broadway cast.
- Peter Linz was an understudy for Princeton/Rod, Nicky/Trekkie/Bear, and Brian in the original Broadway cast.
- Leo Daignault was an understudy for Nicky/Trekkie/Bear, and Brian in the original Broadway cast.
- Anders Öjebo played Brian in the Swedish adaptation.
- Hazel Anne Raymundo served as an understudy and swing for Christmas Eve.
- Linus Wahlgren played Nicky in the 2008 tour in Sweden.
- Peter Nørgaard played Nicky in the Danish adaptation