For Now: Bush and Kerry Debate in Times Square Courtesy of Broadway's Avenue Q

News   For Now: Bush and Kerry Debate in Times Square Courtesy of Broadway's Avenue Q
 
Presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry will meet for the first debate on the evening of Sept. 30, but Broadway's Tony Award winner Avenue Q will offer New York City a chance to witness a heart-"felt" debate with Presidents, people and puppets earlier that day.

In a free event open to the public, Avenue Q will present their version of the political dialogue, Sept. 30 at 1 PM in Times Square's Duffy Square on 46th Street and Broadway.

The event — which heeds the warning "Please Note - Any similarity between puppets and actual Presidential candidates is purely coincidental" — will feature the candidates singing. The presentation also promises free popcorn, cotton candy, balloons, hands will be shaken and babies will be kissed.

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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."

The show's creators Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx earned a Tony for their score as did bookwriter Jeff Whitty and the musical itself garnered the top Best Musical prize at the 2004 Tony Awards. The show launched its own campaign — complete with buttons, posterboards, and a red-white-and-blue-ribboned marquee facade — prior to the Tony Awards, urging voters to "Vote Your Heart" and "Don't Suck, Vote Q." (To view photos, click here.)

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

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