What Is Schadenfreude: Las Vegas' Avenue Q Featured on Sept. 22 "Jeopardy!"

News   What Is Schadenfreude: Las Vegas' Avenue Q Featured on Sept. 22 "Jeopardy!"
The Las Vegas production of the 2004 Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q will be featured Sept. 22 on the quiz show "Jeopardy!"

Avenue Q, which recently opened in Las Vegas, with one of its beloved puppet characters will make an appearance as a clue in the "Fun Across America" category titled on the Sept. 22 telecast. (The show will air Sept. 23 on the west coast.)

"Jeopardy!" has used many Broadway and theatre-related subjects as categories in recent months. In the past, the "Clue Crew" from the hit TV show visited Broadway productions to tape a series of clues and answers concerning various musicals.

Created by Merv Griffin and hosted by Alex Trebek, "Jeopardy!" won 24 Emmy Awards since its debut in 1984. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television. For more information, visit www.jeopardy.com.

Jason Moore (Steel Magnolias) directed the puppet and people-populated musical which just entered its third year at the John Golden Theatre, still starring five original cast members (Jennifer Barnhart, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Jordan Gelber, Ann Harada and Tony Award-nominated Stephanie D'Abruzzo) joined by Barrett Foa and Christian Anderson.

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. A second production of the musical opened Sept. 8 at the custom-built Broadway Theatre in the Wynn Las Vegas casino resort. The Nevada run stars original Broadway cast members John Tartaglia and Rick Lyon — who designed and provided the show puppets.

For more information on Avenue Q in New York and Las Vegas, visit www.avenueq.com.

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