Part of the current national tour, the Tony Award-winning musical will play the Illinois venue May 27-June 7, 2008. Tickets are now available for groups (of 20 or more) by calling (312) 977-1710. The show will also be open to subscribers of the 2008 Walgreens Broadway in Chicago Season Series. Individual tickets will be announced at a later date.
The whole country will soon learn why "It Sucks to Be Me" as the national tour of the 2004 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q launched June 30 from San Diego's Spreckels Theatre.
Filling the fictional street populated by people and puppets are Robert McClure (as Princeton, Rod), Cole Porter (Brian), Kelli Sawyer (Kate Monster, Lucy The Slut & others), Christian Anderson (Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Bear & others), Angela Ai (Christmas Eve), Carla Renata (Gary Coleman) and Minglie Chen (Mrs. T., Bear & others). Rounding out the ensemble are Jennie Kwan, Maggie Lakis, Seth Rettberg, Erica Robinson, Danielle Thomas and Cullen R. Titmas.
The line-up of cities (subject to change) follows:
Avenue Q began previews July 11, 2003, and opened July 31 at the John Golden to positive critical and audience response following an Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre. The show's creators, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, earned a Tony for their score as did book writer Jeff Whitty, and the musical itself garnered the top Best Musical prize at the 2004 Tony Awards. Jason Moore (Steel Magnolias) directed with musical direction by Gary Adler (Altar Boyz).
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 and solving the mystery of the whereabouts of former "Diff'rent Strokes" child star Gary Coleman. The production bears the warning: "Full puppet nudity, not suitable for children."
Avenue Q can be found on the web at www.avenueq.com.