Report: Avenue Q Looking to Run Third Production in London in 2006

News   Report: Avenue Q Looking to Run Third Production in London in 2006 Broadway's successful underdog Avenue Q is planning its next staging — in addition to the upcoming Las Vegas run — in London for next year, producer Jeffrey Seller told The Wall Street Journal.

The puppet and people-populated musical — which recouped its initial Broadway investment last year — currently plays at the John Golden Theatre. The show will be next seen in Las Vegas in the fall in a 1,200-seat ($40 million) theatre within Wynn Las Vegas Resort and Country Club, a new $2.5-billion casino resort set to open in April 2005.

Producers are currently searching for a theatre in London and considering a number of options, Playbill.com has learned. Production spokespersons could not confirm the London run or any details.

The 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, 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. 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 prize as Best Musical at the 2004 Tony Awards. Jason Moore (the upcoming Steel Magnolias) directed with musical direction by Gary Adler (Altar Boyz).

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