Ann Harada Begins Filming "Feel" Nov. 29; Departs Q in February

News   Ann Harada Begins Filming "Feel" Nov. 29; Departs Q in February Ann Harada, who plays Christmas Eve in the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, begins a one month leave of absence from the puppet-friendly musical Nov. 29.

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Harada is set to begin filming a featured role in "Feel," an independent film written and directed by Matt Mahurin. During her absence from Q, her role will be played by Sala Iwamatsu. Harada will return to the Golden Theatre Dec. 24. "I will be back in Q just time in time for Stephanie [D'Abruzzo]'s last show on — of course — Christmas Eve," Harada told Playbill.com. "I couldn't not do that show, and the shooting schedule cooperated!"

Harada will make her own exit from the award-winning musical in 2006. Her final performance as Q's wisecracking therapist is set for Feb. 26.

Ann Harada created the role of Christmas Eve in the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q. She has also been seen on the Main Stem in Seussical and M. Butterfly, and her other theatrical credits include Falsettoland; The Moment When; 1,2,3,4,5; Working; Golden Child; Scapin; and Das Barbecü. Harada was also part of the benefit concerts of Chess and Children of Eden.

Avenue Q continues to play the Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street.