Tuesday, December 28, 2010

AVENUE Q & A Part II: The "Whos" & The "Whats"

After you read the last blog entry, we know you're sitting there saying "Tell Me More! Tell Me More!"  Your "brain waves" have been coming in loud and clear and we've got more "A's" for your "Q's" about the "Whos" and "Whats."

Who lives on AVENUE Q?
  • Princeton – a recent college graduate who moves to Avenue Q to find his purpose in life
  • Kate Monster – a kindergarten teaching assistant who wants to find a boyfriend and start a special school for Monsters
  • Nicky – Rod’s roommate, a slacker
  • Rod – Nicky’s roommate, a Republican investment banker who won’t admit he’s gay
  • Trekkie Monster – a reclusive porn addict
  • Lucy The Slut – a sexy cabaret singer
  • Gary Coleman – the former child star from the sitcom Diff’rent Strokes and superintendent on Avenue Q
  • Christmas Eve – Brian’s fiancĂ©, a feisty Japanese therapist
  • Brian – Christmas Eve’s fiancĂ©, a 32-year old aspiring comedian
  • The Bad Idea BearsPrinceton and Kate’s inner devils
  • Mrs. T. – Kate’s boss, an elderly kindergarten teacher

Who is starring in the show?
AVENUE Q is an ensemble show with many talented actors.  The show features new, young and gifted performers.

Who created AVENUE Q?
AVENUE Q features music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; and is directed by Jason Moore; puppet design by Rick Lyon, musical supervision by Stephen Oremus, choreography by Ken Roberson, scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Mirena Rada, lighting design by Howell Binkley, and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.

What awards has AVENUE Q won?
  • TONY® AWARDS (2004)
    • WINNER! Best Musical
    • WINNER! Best Book of a Musical, Jeff Whitty
    • WINNER! Best Original Score, Jeff Marx
    • NOMINATED! Best Performance by a Leading Actress, Stephanie D’Abruzzo
    • NOMINATED! Best Performance by a Leading Actor, John Tartaglia
    • NOMINATED! Best Director of a Musical, Jason Moore
    • NOMINATED! Outstanding New Musical
    • NOMINATED! Outstanding Leading Actress, Stephanie D’Abruzzo
    • NOMINATED! Outstanding Book of a Musical, Jeff Whitty
    • NOMINATED! Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics (Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx)
    • NOMINATED! Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music (Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx)
    • NOMINATED! Outstanding Broadway Soundtrack
Speaking of TONY....AWARDS that is...Here's AVENUE Q performing at the 2004 TONY® AWARDS when they won 3 Awards including Best Musical! 

    Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    AVENUE Q & A Part I

    So, you may be asking "Exactly what is AVENUE Q about?"  Well, you've come to the right place to find that out!  The next few blog entries we will be talking all about AVENUE Q and the interesting people that live there.  Feel free to comment with additional questions or let us know about your experience with AVENUE Q!

    What is AVENUE Q about?
    AVENUE Q tells the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who moves to NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The only apartment he can afford is way out on Avenue Q, where everyone's looking for the same things he is: a decent job, a stable relationship, and a "purpose." Eventually, Princeton learns to embrace the ups and downs of city life and realizes that "the real world" isn't so bad, after all!

    Is AVENUE Q just a grown up version of Sesame Street?
    No.  There should never be a comparison between Sesame Street or Jim Henson’s Children’s Television Workshop and AVENUE Q.  Rather, AVENUE Q is homage to all children’s television teaching life lessons for adults such as paying bills, getting a job and finding love.

    Is AVENUE Q a puppet show for children?         
    Due to adult situations (like full-puppet nudity), AVENUE Q may not be appropriate for kids under 16.  Parental guidance is suggested.

    Here's a sneak peek of AVENUE Q!

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010

    Run & Tell That!

    If you haven't heard....AVENUE Q IS COMING TO TULSA!!!!  This is the official website (er, blogsite?) for Tulsa's engagement of AVENUE Q.  Check back daily or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates, giveaways, etc.  

    So here's the scoop on who, what, when, where, why, and how:

    WHO: AVENUE Q of course!
    WHAT: Awesomeness...?
    WHEN: April 1-2, 2011
    WHERE: Tulsa Performing Arts Center
    WHY: Because Tulsa needs a good laugh!
    HOW: Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 17th

    Tell ya kids, tell ya wife, tell ya husband, tell everybody.  Run and tell that homeboy.