Avenue Q's Rick Lyon Brings Friends to Political Follies Concert Oct. 18 in NYC

News   Avenue Q's Rick Lyon Brings Friends to Political Follies Concert Oct. 18 in NYC The New Voices Collective's Oct. 18 Political Follies concert of songs about American politics will have guest stars John Kerry and George W. Bush — in puppet form, courtesy of Avenue Q's gifted designer-puppeteer Rick Lyon.

Rick Lyon (left) with his puppet Bush.
Rick Lyon (left) with his puppet Bush. Photo by Ernio Hernandez

The 8 PM concert in Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia is "an evening of satire and song, music both new and old, that lampoons, laments, and lambastes our democracy, from both the left and the right."

Broadway performers appearing are Rebecca Luker, Brooks Ashmanskas, Kate Baldwin, Judith Blazer, Will Chase, Destan Owens, and Alice Playten.

The evening will feature several world-premieres and includes such notable composers as Michael John LaChiusa, William Finn, Sam Davis, Peter Foley, Dick Gallagher, Steve Marzullo, Joshua Rosenblum, and Georgia Stitt. Newcomers to the New Voices family include Carmel Dean and Andrew Gerle.

Grant Wenaus accompanies the singers at the piano with Peter Sachon on cello. The concert is directed by Annette Jolles, and the evening will be hosted by Danny Burstein.

Tickets, priced at $25 ($22 for members and seniors, $15 for students), are available by phone at (212) 864-5400; online at www.symphonyspace.org; or at the box office. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.