What You Talking 'Bout, Whitty? Avenue Q Bookwriter Reveals Character Change for London

News   What You Talking 'Bout, Whitty? Avenue Q Bookwriter Reveals Character Change for London
Though Avenue Q's setting won't change when it makes its upcoming London debut under the auspices of Cameron Mackintosh, the 2004 Tony Award-winning Best Musical will get a new character, according to Variety.

Tony-winning bookwriter Jeff Whitty told the trade mag that the musical set on a fictive street in New York City will not take child-star-turned-superintendent Gary Coleman across the pond.

"We're not moving the setting. That wouldn't make sense," Whitty was quoted. The character of Coleman, however, may not translate to the British stage. "We've all come to an agreement that it will be a character who exists more in the world of the show, who has the same arc as our famous Gary Coleman. And it's going to be played by a man this time."

Jason Moore (Steel Magnolias) directed the puppet and people-populated musical which reached its 1,000th performance Dec. 22, 2005 at the John Golden Theatre. A second production of the musical opened Sept. 8, 2005 at the custom-built Broadway Theatre in the Wynn Las Vegas casino resort.

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.

For more information on Avenue Q in New York and Las Vegas, visit www.avenueq.com.

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