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Avenue Q


Jan 14, 2018 – 3:00 PM

(on various days)

340 W 50th Street
New York, NY 10019 Map

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Avenue Q
New World Stages: Stage 3, New York, NY
Avenue Q: Picking up at a point in life where Sesame Street leaves off, the hit Broadway (now Off Broadway) musical Avenue Q is delighting adults of all ages. Apart from Jeff Dunham, never before has innocent looking puppets dealt with such adult issues, mainly the transition from the carefree world of Sesame Street to the harsh realities of the real world. Then again, never before have these issues been presented in such a hilarious, irreverent manner either. After finishing its hugely successful run on Broadway, Avenue Q is playing Off Broadway in New York, with 2011 tour dates in the UK.

Avenue Q was developed by Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon)and Jeff Marx, and premiered Off Broadway in 2003. It opened at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway later in the year and quickly one three Tonys. It closed in 2009, just a month before it reappeared at its current home of New World Stages Off Broadway. Avenue Q has also run for five years on London's West End, as well as shorter runs in Sweden, Mexico, Israel, Italy, and Tokyo. The musical recently finished tour dates on its second North American tour and tour dates for the first UK tour are ending in July.

The plot of Avenue Q centers on recent college graduate, Princeton, and his struggles to find his place in the world. After finding a cheap apartment on Avenue Q, he meets his wacky neighbors: Teacher's assistant Kate Monster; struggling comedian Brian and his Asian therapist fiancee, Christmas Day; slacker Nicky and his Republican banker roomate, Rod; internet junkie Trekkie Monster; retired child actor, Gary Coleman; and the incorrigible Bad Idea Bears. None are happy with their lot in life and have put aside their dreams in favor of complacency. Princeton develops feelings for Kate (and Rod for Nicky) but insecurities and fears stop them. Will the residents of Avenue Q reach for the stars, or continue to watch cable TV in the gutter?

Avenue Q is currently playing at the New World Stages in New York, with concert dates at a few smaller play houses around the US. There are a few 2011 tour dates left in the UK, with concert dates wrapping up on July 9 in Northampton. After hugely successful runs around the world, Avenue Q is slowly leaving theaters, so be sure to catch the remaining tour dates in 2011.

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