Avenue Q Ad Too Controversial for Colorado Springs

PlayBlog   Avenue Q Ad Too Controversial for Colorado Springs
It looks like Avenue Q’s Lucy the Slut won’t be making Colorado Springs, CO, feel “Special,” at least not before they get to meet her in person.

lucyadblog200The puppet temptress’ cleavage has been on prominent display on billboards and at bus stops in most areas of the country where the musical’s touring production has played. But according to the Los Angeles Times, the ads will not be running in Colorado Springs, presumably because of conservative objections to the content.

Initially, the city’s Lamar Advertising company didn’t seem to have a problem with the ads, said Kristy Maple, the marketing director for the show’s booker, NewSpace Entertainment. But eventually, things changed: “It was going to the presses, and a top executive said, ‘We can’t do this in Colorado Springs.’”

Jeff Moore, an account executive at Lamar, told the Colorado Springs Gazette, “If I have to explain it to my 4-year-old or my grandmother, we don’t put it up.”

The Los Angeles Times said that Lucy’s puppet costars would be featured in bus ads in Colorado Springs, including closeted gay investment banker Rod. (Hmmm … well, he is a Republican…)

Avenue Q won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical. Following the closing of the Broadway production this past summer, the musical re-opened Off-Broadway at New World Stages.

—Thomas Peter

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