Avenue Q, the Musical

Performance Date(s): Aug 4, 2017 – Aug 20, 2017

Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez

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. This adults-only, uproariously funny puppet-packed musical will make Theatrikos audiences blush for three weekends at the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse August 4-20.

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the story of a recent college graduate 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.

Directed by theater veterans John Propster and Jan Rominger and filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score—not to mention puppets—Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has become a favorite for audiences everywhere.

This production deals with adult content and puppet sex and is not suitable for youth ages 17 and under.

“Puppets make it safe to laugh at inappropriate subject matter that one cannot laugh at publicly,” Propster said. “That’s very current in today’s political climate.”

Rominger calls the show one of her all-time favorites. “The quirky humor and now-iconic music will leave audiences still singing along when they return to work on Monday,” she said.

The cast of 12 includes Madison Butler, Nick Dietz, Chrissy Doba, Weston Duhamel, Frank Furtado, Kelsey Hontz, Sarah Kelley, Brock LaPlume, Joe Maniglia, Zachary Mauck, Stephen Root, Esther Smith, Abigail Stokely, and Dennis Verret.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays Aug. 4-20. Individual tickets for the Aug. 4 opening performance are $20­–$24 and include a post-show reception with the cast. Seating for other performances range from $18–$21. A special “First Friday” pre-show reception on Aug. 4 will feature free refreshments and artwork in the lobby.

Tickets can be purchased online at Theatrikos.com; by calling (928) 774-1662; or by visiting the theater’s box office, which is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and two hours prior to each performance.

Read this preview in the Arizona Daily Sun.