After a run Off-Broadway and a long run on Broadway (2,534 performances), the musical Avenue Q moved back to Off-Broadway in 2009 where it continues to entertain audiences with its unique highly theatrical style, outrageous form of humor and coming of age story. Using three human cast members and a host of puppets that are manipulated by and feature the voices of those three cast members, Avenue Q is a delight. But don’t be fooled by the puppets as the humor and story are geared towards adults.
Run Information:Preview: Oct. 9, 2009 Open: Oct. 21, 2009 Status: Open run
- Avenue Q The Musical
CAST:DARREN BLUESTONE (Princeton/Rod) LEXY FRIDELL (Mrs. T., Bear & others; u/s Kate Monster, Lucy). SALA IWAMATSU (Christmas Eve) JASON JACOBY (Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Bear & others) LISA HELMI JOHANSON (Ensemble; u/s Mrs. T, Bear; u/s Kate Monster, Lucy; u/s NICHOLAS KOHN (Brian). VERONICA J. KUEHN (Kate Monster, Lucy & others) DANIELLE K. THOMAS (Gary Coleman) MICHAEL LISCIO, JR. (Swing/Assistant Stage Manager) JED RESNICK (Ensemble) TRISTA DOLLISON (Swing; u/s Gary Coleman; u/s Mrs. T., Bear; u/s Kate Monster, Lucy).
CREATIVE STAFF:Music and Lyrics Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book Jeff Whitty Director Jason Moore Puppets Conceived and Designed Rick Lyon Set Designer Anna Louizos Costume Designer Mirena Rada Lighting Designer Howell Binkley
The story of Avenue Q is in some ways as simple and human as it gets. The central character is Princeton, a recent college graduate who moves to an outer borough of New York to find a job and, hopefully,meaning in his life. Although he hopes to live on Avenue A, where folks who have money, prestige and power reside, he eventually discovers that he must settle for Avenue Q, which is peopled with colorful characters all of whom are having a hard time making it in life. Princeton’s journey includes interactions with an array of memorable, funny and poignant puppet characters who are performed in the style reminiscent of the Muppets. But these puppets have very adult problems, challenges and desires. As Princeton and his friends struggle to find work, love and meaning, they discover that they have more unresolved questions regarding life and very few real answers. All in all, Avenue Q is a sometimes lighthearted, often satirical and always innovative musical that looks at our search for significance.
- Playing at:
New World Stages Stage 3 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues) New York, NY 10019
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