Avenue Q is set to welcome Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump puppets for a Town Hall-style presidential debate at New World Stages September 26 at noon. The two puppets—“I’m with Fur” vs. “Make Puppets Great Again”—will battle it out ahead of the real-life first scheduled debate between the presidential nominees.
The debate will be attended by, and briefly open to questions from select members of the public, along with members of the Avenue Q cast, including Rod, Lucy, Trekkie Monster and Christmas Eve.
As highlighted by resident director Jen Bender in a press statement, many of the themes explored in the musical comedy are hot topics in the 2016 election: race, unemployment, religion and LGBT matters. “These matters are expected to be addressed in AVENUE Q’s Town Hall debate on September 26, along with issues of hand-size, hair and emails,“ reads the statement.
The Clinton and Trump puppets have been created and designed by Rick Lyon, who conceived and designed Avenue Q’s company of puppets.
Avenue Q opened on Broadway July 31, 2003, at the John Golden Theatre and won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. It later returned to the Off-Broadway stage, where it continues at New World Stages. Tickets can be purchased through Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or telecharge.com.