AVENUE Q, The musical

Kevin McCollum, Robyn Good man, Jeffrey Seller
Vineyard Theatre and The New Group
Present


AVENUE Q
The Musical


Music & Lyrics by ROBERT LOPEZ and JEFF MARX
Book by JEFF WHITTY
Based on an Original Concept by ROBERT LOPEZ and JEFF MARX
With

CHRISTIAN ANDERSON, JENNIFER BARNHART, NICHOLAS KOHN
ANN SANDERS, RASHIDRA SCOTT, HOWIE MICHAEL SMITH, SARAH STILES

Directed by JASON MOORE
Puppets Conceived and Designed by RICK LYON
Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations by STEPHEN OREMUS
Choreographer: KEN ROBERSON
Set Design: ANNA LOUIZOS
Costume Design: MIRENA RADA
Lighting Design: HOWELL BINKLEY
Sound Design: ACME SOUND PARTNERS
Animation Design: ROBERT LOPEZ
Music Director & Incidental Music: GARY ADLER
Music Coordinator: MICHAEL KELLER
General Manager: JOHN CORKER
Technical Supervisor: BRIAN LYNCH
Production Stage Manager: BEVERLY JENKINS
Press Representative: SAM RUDY MEDIA RELATIONS
Casting: CINDY TOLAN
Associate Producers: SONNY EVERETT, WALTER GROSSMAN, MORT SWINSKY

The John Golden Theatre
252 West 45th Street (between Broadway & Eighth Avenue)
(212) 239-6200 or www.telecharge.com
Opening Date: July 31, 2003

Electronic Link reviewer, Kessa DeSantis, caught AVENUE Q, The Musical, when it was still a revolutionary Off-Broadway production, and she predicted a rosy future. And right she was. Now on Broadway for several years, I thought it might be time to revisit the musical and see how it is holding up. Often, promising works do not easily make the transition from Off Broadway to On Broadway. Not to worry with this adventuresome piece. Clever, clever, clever is all you can say about the precious, down-to-earth, sometimes rude and rowdy, shockingly sarcastic, and almost always hilarious puppets that rule this show. We won’t even get into their behavior. Let’s just say “Leave the kids at home.”

No matter what the topic – racism, homosexuality, unemployment, downsizing, porn, or politics - there’s a song full of sophisticated humor and creative puppet/people choreography that will deliver a powerful punch line bolstered by lots of laughs. Songs like “It Sucks To Be Me” are current, topical, and downright hysterical. AVENUE Q – you will be glad you visited and will find yourself thinking about a return trip.

- Laurie Lawson -

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