Tartaglia Leaves Las Vegas Avenue QDec. 11; Lyon Extends Through January 2006

News   Tartaglia Leaves Las Vegas Avenue QDec. 11; Lyon Extends Through January 2006
Original Broadway star John Tartaglia leaves the Las Vegas production of Avenue Q Dec. 11 en route to New York while his fellow star/puppet creator Rick Lyon extends his stint through Jan. 29, 2006.

Tartaglia leaves the production and heads back to New York to appear in the upcoming Newsical 2006: The Next Edition Off-Broadway.

Broadway producers Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group are joined by Wynn Las Vegas for the new run at the 1,200-seat, $40 million Broadway Theatre — built especially for the production — within the Wynn resort. Performances of the 2004 Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q began Aug. 27 and the only run outside New York opened Sept. 8 with a new cast.

Avenue Q sends up popular children's television shows such as "Sesame Street" and "The Electric Company," while serving up a bounty of pop culture references as it tells the story of recent college grad Princeton's making it out in the real world. The production bears the warning: "Full puppet nudity, not suitable for children."

The show's creators Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx earned a Tony for their score as did bookwriter Jeff Whitty and the musical itself garnered the top prize as Best Musical at the 2004 Tony Awards. Jason Moore (Steel Magnolias) directed with musical direction by Gary Adler (Altar Boyz).

Avenue Q features puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon. Musical supervision is by Stephen Oremus and choreography is handled by Ken Roberson. The design team includes Anna Louizos (scenic), Mirena Rada (costume), lighting Howell Binkley (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners (sound). Tickets for Avenue Q at the Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South in Las Vegas, NV are available by phone or online at (702) 770-7000, toll free (888) 320 7123 or www.wynnlasvegas.com. For more information on the show, visit www.avenueq.com.

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