Avenue Q School Edition Will Feature "Social Life Is Online" In Place of "Internet Is for Porn"

News   Avenue Q School Edition Will Feature "Social Life Is Online" In Place of "Internet Is for Porn"
 
When Music Theatre International begins licensing the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q for school productions, the musical will feature several changes to its script and score.

"Because the original Avenue Q has some content elements that have previously made it a difficult choice for some high school productions," MTI, according to its official website, "has worked with the Avenue Q authors to create an adaptation that maintains the dramatic intention and integrity of the piece, while editing it to make it more appropriate for high school audiences and performers."

MTI provides a list of the changes made to the musical for the School Edition; those changes follow:

The language (both dialogue and lyrics) has been cleaned-up throughout. Think of the show being rated PG-13 now rather than rated R

The song "Internet is For Porn" has been replaced with "Social Life is Online"

The songs "My Girl Friend Who Lives In Canada" and "Loud As The Hell You Want" are cut from this version The videos throughout the show are all now done live using actors

The scenes with the Bad Idea Bears have been trimmed and amended to now focus less on drinking

A few character names have been changed - Lucy T. Slut is now just Lucy, and Mrs. T. is now Mrs. Butz.

These changes, MTI states, exist to "serve the greater message of the piece by allowing its themes to reach a wider audience."

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q began previews at Off-Broadway's New World Stages on Oct. 9, 2009, and opened Oct. 21, having concluded its six-year run on Broadway on Sept. 13.

Avenue Q is produced at New World Stages, as it was on Broadway, by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, The Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.

The musical comedy with people and puppets focuses on a group of 20-somethings fresh out of college who move to New York City with big dreams and tiny bank accounts. The show has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty and is directed by Jason Moore. It's based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, with puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon.

For more information visit www.MTIshows.com.

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