Barnhart Will Be Kate/Lucy in Broadway's Avenue Q June 14-16

News   Barnhart Will Be Kate/Lucy in Broadway's Avenue Q June 14-16
Jennifer Barnhart, the original Avenue Q cast member who plays an assortment of characters in the Tony-winning musical — including a morally challenged Bad Idea Bear and the ultra-strict kindergarten teacher Mrs. Thistletwat — will step into the role of Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut June 14-16.
Jennifer Barnhart with Mrs. T in Avenue Q
Jennifer Barnhart with Mrs. T in Avenue Q Photo by Nick Reuchel

"I'll be playing Kate/Lucy to cover our current lead's vacation," Barnhart said in an e-mail. "I also know that some of you have already seen me do the role — and for that I thank you for your past support! But I just thought I'd give a shout out about it anyway. I feel like my work in the role has grown, and I've been having a great time with it."

Avenue Q will mark its sixth anniversary on Broadway July 31.

The cast currently features Howie Michael Smith as Princeton/Rod, Carey Anderson as Kate/Lucy, Christian Anderson as Nicky/Trekkie Monster, Nicholas Kohn as Brian, Carla Renata as Gary Coleman and Ann Sanders as Christmas Eve.

Avenue Q features music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, a book by Jeff Whitty and direction by Jason Moore. The musical is produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, The Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.

Puppets were conceived and designed by original cast member Rick Lyon. The production 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. After an acclaimed Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre, Avenue Q began previews at the Golden Theatre July 10, 2003, and officially opened July 31. The original cast included Jennifer Barnhart, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jordan Gelber, Ann Harada, Rick Lyon, John Tartaglia and Natalie Venetian Belcon. The musical won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Jeff Whitty) and Best Original Score (Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx).

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9 to 5's Ann Harada, who created the character of Christmas Eve in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, will return to that role in the acclaimed production at Broadway's Golden Theatre July 6. That day will also welcome several cast members from the show's recent national tour: Anika Larsen (Xanadu, All Shook Up, Rent; the upcoming Shafrika, the White Girl) will be Broadway's new Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut, Robert McClure (I'm Not Rapport) will assume the roles of Princeton/Rod and Danielle K. Thomas will play Gary Coleman.

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