Avenue Q Stars Go Puppetless at Musicals Tonight! Show Empty-Handed, June 14

News   Avenue Q Stars Go Puppetless at Musicals Tonight! Show Empty-Handed, June 14 Cast members from Avenue Q will perform in Empty-Handed a special Musicals Tonight! presentation of songs by the actors sans their puppet alteregos, June 14.

From Top: Stephanie D'Abruzzo, John Tartaglia, and Jen Barnhart
From Top: Stephanie D'Abruzzo, John Tartaglia, and Jen Barnhart

The one-night-only evening of song will play at The West 45th Street Theatre, June 14th at 8 PM.

Tony Award nominees Stephanie D'Abruzzo and John Tartaglia joined by fellow Avenue Q resident Jen Barnhart will perform songs of Betty Comden and Adolf Green, Jules Styne, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, Tim Rice and Benny Andersson, William Finn and many others.

Empty-Handed is produced by Mel Miller and Musicals Tonight! Alan Muraoka ("Sesame Street") directs the show with musical direction by Gary Adler (Avenue Q), choreography by Jamie Harris and material written by D'Abruzzo and Craig Shemin. Stephen DeAngelis is credited with the original concept.

Tickets to Empty-Handed at The West 45th Street Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. (between 8th and 9th Ave.) can be reserved by calling (212) 362-5620 or send an email to musicalstonight@aol.com. Tickets are $25.

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Avenue Q was honored with six Tony Award nominations for creators Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (composers/lyricists), Jeff Whitty (bookwriter), Jason Moore (director), stars John Tartaglia and Stephanie D'Abruzzo as well as for the top prize of Best Musical.

The new musical sends up popular children's television shows such as "Sesame Street" and "The Electric Company," while serving up a bounty of pop culture references and solving the mystery of the whereabouts of former "Diff'rent Strokes" child star Gary Coleman. The production bears the warning: "Full puppet nudity, not suitable for children."

Avenue Q is presented on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.

Avenue Q plays at the Golden Theatre, 252 West 45 Street. For more information, visit www.avenueq.com.