Tony-Winning Avenue Q Celebrates 10th Anniversary in New York July 31
31 Jul 2013
Veronica Kuehn and "Lucy"
Photo by Carol Rosegg
The Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, which is currently playing Off-Broadway's New World Stages, celebrates its 10th anniversary on New York City stages July 31. The little show that could and did played Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre before transferring to Broadway, where it won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical, and later moved to its current home.
To celebrate the milestone, beginning at 10 AM, 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 marks the 4,143rd performance of the ground-breaking musical in New York.
Avenue Q opened on Broadway 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 (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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.