Avenue Q: The Musical
by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez
Directed by Jan Rominger and John Propster
Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
- New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley called it a “…savvy, sassy and eminently likable…breakthrough musical”, and compared its potential long-term influence to West Side Story and The King and I.
- The New Yorker described it as “…an ingenious combination of ‘The Real World’ and Sesame Street“. The Times described it as “…how Friends might be if it had Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy arguing about their one-night stand, but with more angst, expletives and full-on puppet sex.”
- Avenue Q made Entertainment Weekly‘s 2010 end-of-the-decade “best-of” list: “This 2003 smash musical is Sesame Street for grown-ups, with filthy-minded puppets who teach useful lessons like ‘The Internet Is for Porn.’ Somewhere, Big Bird is molting.”