Kevin McCollum Considering Film Version of Avenue Q

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and Andrew Gans
02 Aug 2013

Veronica Kuehn and
Veronica Kuehn and "Lucy"
Photo by Carol Rosegg

The 2004 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q could be developed for the screen, according to a Wall Street Journal interview with producer Kevin McCollum.

"It's something I'm very, very motivated to make happen with the author's blessing," he said. "Film is much more of a brand business whereas on Broadway you can do complete unknowns and have hits. I think we're at that point where it is time to really look seriously at bringing Avenue Q to film."

Avenue Q opened on Broadway July 31, 2003, at the John Golden Theatre. It recently celebrated its tenth New York birthday at its current Off-Broadway home, New World Stages.

The musical won three 2004 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical, and gave 2,556 performances (including 22 previews) prior to its move in October 2009 to New World Stages.

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, 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."