Tony-Winning Avenue Q to Celebrate 10th Anniversary; "Avenue Q Day" Is July 31

By Andrew Gans
11 Jul 2013

The Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, which is currently playing Off-Broadway's New World Stages, will celebrate its 10th anniversary July 31.



To celebrate the milestone, beginning at 10 AM that day, the first 100 patrons in line can purchase $10 seats (cash only) to the special 7 PM 10th anniversary performance at New World Stages (340 W. 50 St.).

At the beginning of the July 31 performance, Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver will present a Proclamation from the City of New York to the musical's cast, creators and producers declaring July 31 as "Avenue Q Day." Other surprises are in store for the evening, which will mark the 4,143rd performance of the ground-breaking musical in New York.

Avenue Q opened on July 31, 2003, at the John Golden Theatre. The musical won three 2004 Tony Awards, Including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical, and gave 2,556 performances on Broadway (including 22 previews) prior to its move in October 2009 to New World Stages.

Avenue Q, according to press notes, is the "hilarious and internationally-acclaimed musical about a group of 20-somethings -- people and puppets alike -- who move to New York with big dreams and tiny bank accounts. Together they live as neighbors on a street in New York as they try to discover their purpose in life." The musical's characters include Princeton, Kate Monster, Trekkie Monster, Lucy, Nicky, Rod, Gary Coleman, Brian and Christmas Eve. The score includes "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," "If You Were Gay," "The More You Ruv Someone" and "Schadenfreude."

The musical has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty and direction by Jason Moore. Based on an original concept by Lopez and Marx, with puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon, Avenue Q has musical supervision by Stephen Oremus, choreography by Ken Roberson, scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Mirena Rada, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by ACME Sound Partners. Musical director is Rick Bertone.

The current cast includes Darren Bluestone, Lexy Fridell, Sala Iwamatsu, Jason Jacoby, Nicholas Kohn, Veronica Kuehn, Danielle K. Thomas, Michael Liscio, Jr., Lisa Helmi Johansen, Seth Rettberg and Trista Dollison.

The musical is produced at New World Stages, as it was on Broadway, by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, The Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.

For more information visit www.avenueq.com.