One of the most celebrated productions in the Waterfront Playhouse returns next week for a three-week run.
The entire run of “Avenue Q” last season sold out.
“I’m thrilled we are bringing back this wonderful production,” said Director Danny Weathers. “Even if you saw it last year, it’s the kind of show you can see again and again. It’s such a smart, hilarious and ultimately touching musical. And it’s a joy to be working with this incredible cast. Every one of them is a quadruple threat – great singer, actor, dancer and puppeteer.”
“Avenue Q” won the “Triple Crown” of Tony Awards – Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical – beating out “Wicked.” The show is still running off-Broadway in New York and has had hundreds of productions all over the world.
“Avenue Q” is the story of a group of young Manhattanites, who have recently graduated from college and live all the way down in the shabby (and fictional) neighborhood of Avenue Q. Together, the group struggles with finding decent jobs, dates, sex and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
The musical is done through a combination of actors and puppets and has been called “Sesame Street” for grown-ups. It’s for audiences 16 and up, with adult language, themes and full frontal puppet nudity and sex. It’s hilarious, but not for kids or prudes.
The music and lyrics are by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon”), and the book is by Jeff Whitty. The songs include “It Sucks To Be Me,” “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet Is For Porn,” “I Wish I Could Go Back To College” and more. Originally intended to be a TV show, “Avenue Q” began off-Broadway where it received rave reviews. This prompted the move to Broadway in 2003, where it ran for 2,556 performances.
Michael Fauss is the musical director, and Penny Leto is the choreographer.
The entire 2017 cast has returned, including: Brian Hall (“Xanadu” and “Spamalot”); Kristen Michelle (“The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”); Susannah Wells (“Noises Off” and “The Producers”); Justin Ahearn (“Leading Ladies” and “Spelling Bee”); Jeremy Zoma (the recent hit “Hand To God” and “Forever Plaid”) and Juanita B. Green and Lora Nicolas.
The orchestra includes Fauss (conductor/keyboards), Nancy 3 Hoffman (keyboards), Celicia Slafter (reeds), Gary Rivenson and Joe Dallas (bass) and Daniel Carter (percussion).
Michael Boyer will create the onstage neighborhood of “Avenue Q.” Lighting designer is Kim Hanson. Carmen Rodriguez is the costumer. Trish Manley acts as stage manager.
“Avenue Q.” March 29-April 14; low-priced previews March 27 and 28. All shows begin at 8 p.m. at Waterfront Playhouse. Opening night of March 29 includes a catered reception following the production. Tickets at waterfrontplayhouse.org or at 305-294-5015.