Avenue Q's Same-Sex Puppets Rod and Ricky Will Tie the Knot; Engagement Photo Released (Photo)

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20 Jul 2011

Avenue Q producers have announced that Rod and Ricky, the same-sex puppets from the Tony Award-winning musical, are engaged and will tie the knot July 24—the first day same-sex couples can be legally married in the state of New York.




Having met and fallen in love on stage 3,267 times since Avenue Q opened on Broadway in 2003 before transferring to New World Stages two years ago, the two grooms will join countless other men and women who will line up at City Hall in New York City July 24 to exchange vows on this landmark day. After saying "I do," the happy couple will race back to the theatre district for the 3 PM matinee performance of Avenue Q at New World Stages.

"To have this finally happen for us—especially so soon after Will and Kate—is unbelievable to me," said Rod in a statement. "I realize there are a lot of broken hearts out there now that Ricky and I are off the market—step back, all you chorus boys!—but I've known since day one that Ricky is the husband for me. He's the furry fellow I want to spend my life with both on and off the stage."

The couple has yet to determine when and where they might take a quick honeymoon trip on their one day off from the show, nor have they determined where they will be registered for wedding gifts.

In the musical, Rod, a Wall Street banker, and Ricky, a "Chelsea boy," meet through an online personal ad placed by Rod's best friend and slacker roommate Nicky. It is love at first sight—and the rest is soon to become history!

The couple's official engagement photo:

Avenue Q