Last Christmas Eve: Avenue Q Star Ann Harada Exits Broadway Musical Feb. 26

News   Last Christmas Eve: Avenue Q Star Ann Harada Exits Broadway Musical Feb. 26 Avenue Q star Ann Harada, whose originated the role of Christmas Eve on Broadway, exits the Tony Award-winning musical Feb. 26. Ann Sanders replaces the actress in the role Feb. 28.

All about Eves: Ann Harada and Ann Sanders.
All about Eves: Ann Harada and Ann Sanders.

Harada had previously stepped out of the role for maternity leave then again late last year to film a movie. Sanders — previously seen on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast and on television in "As the World Turns" and "All My Children" — filled in during the first break.

Sanders now joins original cast members Jennifer Barnhart and Natalie Venetia Belcon in the current cast which also features Christian Anderson, Mary Faber, Barrett Foa, Evan Harrington. Minglie Chen, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Aymee Garcia, Matt Schreiber and Howie Michael Smith fill the ensemble and understudy.

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.

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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