Avenue Q Tour to Launch in San Francisco in August

News   Avenue Q Tour to Launch in San Francisco in August
 
Avenue Q — the 2004 Tony-winning musical where people and puppets live side by side — will launch its national tour Aug. 7 at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, CA, according to a press announcement.
(l-r) Book writer Jeff Whitty and composers Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx at the Avenue Q third anniversary party.
(l-r) Book writer Jeff Whitty and composers Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx at the Avenue Q third anniversary party. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The musical, which boasts a Tony-winning score by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, will play the San Francisco venue through Sept. 2. Tickets for the limited engagement will go on sale in June. For group sales information, call (415) 551-2020 or visit www.shnsf.com. The Orpheum Theatre is located at 1192 Market Street at 8th in San Francisco, CA.

Currently in its fourth year on Broadway, the show has already played a run in Las Vegas at the Wynn Las Vegas casino resort — an exclusive deal that originally kept the show from touring — and currently enjoys a run at London's Noel Coward Theatre.

Avenue Q began Broadway previews July 11, 2003, and opened July 31 at the John Golden to positive critical and audience response following an Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre. The show's creators, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, earned a Tony for their score as did book writer Jeff Whitty, and the musical itself garnered the top Best Musical prize at the 2004 Tony Awards. Jason Moore (Steel Magnolias) directed with musical direction by Gary Adler (Altar Boyz).

Set on the fictitious New York street, Avenue Q 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 can be found on the web at www.avenueq.com.

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