PHOTO CALL: Broadway Puppets Get in the Debate Spirit with Special "Avenue Q and A" in Times Square

News   PHOTO CALL: Broadway Puppets Get in the Debate Spirit with Special "Avenue Q and A" in Times Square Tony-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, in continuing with the election year theme that helped them campaign for the Tony, hosted a "debate" between the candidates in Times Square on Sept. 30.

From Top: The Q and A booth, Robert Lopez (left) and Jeff Marx
From Top: The Q and A booth, Robert Lopez (left) and Jeff Marx

Rod, the closeted Republican homosexual played by John Tartaglia at the Golden Theatre, moderated the event which went on as planned despite a brief downpour.

At left is the view of the event from Times Square, as well as Avenue Q composer/lyricists Robet Lopez and Jeff Marx. Below, Sen. Kerry and President Bush square off in a heated exchange, aided by Jennifer Barnhart and Rick Lyon.

The actual first debate of the election season takes place Sept. 30 at 9 PM ET from Miami.

Photos are by Ernio Hernandez

The debate at its climax: John Kerry (with Jennifer Barnhart) and George W. Bush (with Rick Lyon)
The debate at its climax: John Kerry (with Jennifer Barnhart) and George W. Bush (with Rick Lyon)