Harada Returns to Avenue Q July 6; Larsen, McClure and Thomas Also Join Cast

News   Harada Returns to Avenue Q July 6; Larsen, McClure and Thomas Also Join Cast 9 to 5's Ann Harada, who created the character of Christmas Eve in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, returns to that role in the acclaimed production at Broadway's Golden Theatre July 6.
Ann Harada in Avenue Q.
Ann Harada in Avenue Q. Photo by Carol Rosegg

The 8 PM performance also welcomes several cast members from the show's recent national tour: Anika Larsen (Xanadu, All Shook Up, Rent; Shafrika, the White Girl) is Broadway's new Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut, Robert McClure (I'm Not Rapport) assumes the roles of Princeton/Rod and Danielle K. Thomas plays Gary Coleman.

They all join a cast that includes Christian Anderson, Jennifer Barnhart and Nicholas Kohn.

Avenue Q will mark its sixth anniversary on Broadway July 31 and will play its final performance at the John Golden Theatre Sept. 13.

Avenue Q features music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, a book by Jeff Whitty and direction by Jason Moore. The musical is produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, The Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.

Puppets were conceived and designed by original cast member Rick Lyon. The production has musical supervision by Stephen Oremus, choreography by Ken Roberson, scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Mirena Rada, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.

After an acclaimed Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre, Avenue Q began previews at the Golden Theatre July 10, 2003, and officially opened July 31. The original cast included Jennifer Barnhart, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jordan Gelber, Ann Harada, Rick Lyon, John Tartaglia and Natalie Venetian Belcon. The musical won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Jeff Whitty) and Best Original Score (Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx).

For more information visit www.avenueq.com. For tickets call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.

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