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Nicky finds Rod a boyfriend—Ricky, a muscle-bound hunk who otherwise looks and sounds exactly like Nicky. The Bad Idea Bears discover Scientology.


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Lucy, recovered from her head injury, becomes a born-again Christian and takes a vow of chastity. Everybody, especially the new guy, immediately ridicules him. The cast reminds Princeton that, in the real world, many people never find their purpose, but life goes on, and everything—both good and bad—is "only for now. It was added to the Las Vegas production, and subsequently became part of the current off-Broadway show. Eight additional songs were written for Avenue Q or associated promotions, but are not part of the show itself.

Their unusually sturdy construction, with double-stitching, reinforced seams, steel boning, and custom fake fur and feathers, is necessitated by the rigors of an eight-shows-per-week performance schedule.

How to bring a puppet to life: CELL puppeteers explain their secrets ahead of Hong Kong show

Rod, Lucy, The Bad Idea Bears Rod puppets consist of a head and a torso with two arms, at least one of which is movable for gestures. The puppeteer controls the puppet's head and mouth with his or her dominant hand, and holds one or both rods in the other hand. Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Mrs. Thistletwat, Ricky Live-hands puppets require two puppeteers, each of whom contributes one hand and arm dressed with a long sleeve and glove matching the puppet's costume, which become the arms and hands of the puppet.

The speaking puppeteer controls the puppet's left hand, head, and mouth, while the second, silent operator controls the right hand. Sides are sometimes reversed if the speaking puppeteer is left-handed. During the show, one puppeteer will sometimes leave to take over another puppet, leaving the live-hands puppet with a single operator and only one functioning hand. In a variation, one or both of the puppet's hands can be attached to its torso to permit operation by a single puppeteer.

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Broadway and Off-Broadway [30]. After 22 previews and 2, regular performances, it closed on September 13, A new 1, seat theater was built especially for the show. Attendance was well below anticipated levels, due at least in part to the constant turnover of tourists in Las Vegas, which rendered the cultivation of word-of-mouth publicity virtually impossible.

In mid-January the show was cut to 90 minutes and the intermission was removed.

Hotel owner Steve Wynn promoted the show heavily, at one point decorating 20 city cabs in orange fuzz and large white "Q" letters. All such efforts were unsuccessful, and the show closed on May 28, after a nine-month run, [31] terminating the exclusivity agreement and opening the way for national tours. Several adaptive changes were made for British audiences, including portrayal of the Gary Coleman character by a male actor. The production ran 1, performances through March , then reopened in June at the Gielgud Theatre. After a further performances, the show moved in March to the Wyndham's Theatre , [32] [33] where it closed on October 30, after a five-year run.

Broadway director and choreographer Jason Moore and Ken Roberson returned in those roles, as did most other Broadway creative team members. After the show closed on Broadway, it reopened in New York at the New World Stages complex on October 9, , where it is still running today.


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A second national tour opened in Clemson , South Carolina in September under direction of the same creative team, and closed in Huntsville , Alabama on April 23, In November the tour transferred to Hong Kong. In , a revival of the musical was staged in Melbourne , Australia , as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The Portuguese production, under the title Avenida Q , opened on February 8, In early , it was announced that Avenue Q will get a German version. It premiers on September 10, under its original title "Avenue Q", with localized songs.

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School Edition , a collaboration of the creators of Avenue Q and Music Theatre International , was created to facilitate production of the musical by high school drama departments. Thistletwat and Lucy the Slut are renamed Mrs. Butz and Lucy, respectively. The scenes involving the Bad Idea Bears are altered to put less emphasis on alcohol. MTI states that these alterations make the musical easier for high schools to perform, while at the same time, maintaining the original intent and integrity of the piece.

Eighteen television networks covered the event. Lyon operated the Bush puppet, while Jennifer Barnhart operated the Kerry puppet. Each puppet sang responses to questions from Avenue Q's concerned residents, and the whole cast sang "Vote Your Heart" see Other Songs above to the rain-drenched crowd. Kate Monster welcomes them and the family expresses disbelief that a puppet is talking to them. Tevye introduces himself and his family and finally realizes that the Fiddler is with them, so he chases him away.

Princeton only says "I know, I know. If I were a human Rod begs the Matchmaker to find him a mate, and the Matchmaker, played by Mrs. Shprintze tells her father that she and Princeton want to be married, and after a very brief interior monologue "I'll be brief.

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On the other hand; on the other hand; tradition; Rod and Lazar Wolf also wish to be wed, and ask permission from the Tsar puppet, who forbids a gay marriage. Ben Brantley interrupts, asking who the real Jewish people in the cast are, and the company concludes that "everyone's a little bit Jewish" and "in theatre you can be whatever you want to be" as they celebrate Princeton and Shprintze's wedding.

Cast members appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on August 13, to promote the last month of shows, performing "The Internet is for Porn" for the first time on national television. The cast appeared on the Today Show in to promote the show's 15th year.

The album contains almost all of the music from the show, with the original Broadway cast and orchestra. Released on October 6, , it has been in the top ten of the Billboard Top Cast Album Chart since the chart's launch on January 12, New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley called it a " Avenue Q made Entertainment Weekly ' s end-of-the-decade "best-of" list: Edit this page Read in another language Avenue Q. Act I Edit Princeton, a recent college graduate, is anxious to discover his purpose in life; but first, he must find an apartment and a job, with no work experience and an English degree "What Do You Do with a B.

These descriptions come from the Characters section in the script. He lives on the Avenue, too. Principal original casts of major productions of Avenue Q: Two distinct types of puppets are used in the show: Rod puppets Edit Single Rod: Broadway and Off-Broadway [30] Broadway Edit. A German cast album was released on April 21, Avenue Q received near unanimous favorable reviews, both nationally and internationally.

Archived from the original on July 9, During early previews in the States we invited Jim Henson's widow and children and they could see that what we were doing was an homage and love letter to Sesame Street. Archived at the Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 3 June Retrieved May 29, The New York Times.

Avenue Q, the musical: Archived from the original on Retrieved July 17, Archived from the original on 12 July Retrieved October 12, Wikimedia Commons has media related to Avenue Q. He then introduces Lucy the Slut, a skanky chanteuse who wows the guys, especially Princeton, with a seductive cabaret number "Special". Kate and Princeton have enthusiastic, high-decibel sex.

Meanwhile, Rod hears Nicky say, "I love you, Rod," in his sleep, and is jubilant—but eventually realises it was he who was dreaming. The next morning, a hung-over Kate oversleeps and misses her teaching assignment. Thistletwat berates her, and Kate angrily quits her job before she can be fired.

Christmas Eve decides unilaterally that it is time she and Brian were married. At the wedding, Nicky blurts out his suspicion that Rod is gay. Rod, furious, insists he has a girlfriend named Alberta in Vancouver "My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada" and tells Nicky he is no longer welcome in their apartment. When Kate catches Christmas Eve's wedding bouquet, Princeton panics, confesses a fear of commitment, and asks Kate if they can just be friends. Kate retorts that she already has plenty of friends, and breaks off their relationship "There's a Fine, Fine Line". A despondent Princeton has been holed up in his apartment after breaking up with Kate but is coaxed out by the neighbors "There is Life Outside Your Apartment".

Lucy is looking for a place to crash and seduces the rebounding Princeton. Kate writes a note to Princeton suggesting that they rendezvous at the Empire State Building and leaves it with Lucy who promptly destroys it. A homeless Nicky laments his fate to Gary who confesses that he is deriving pleasure from Nicky's misfortune "Schadenfreude".

On the Empire State Building's viewing platform, Kate, thinking that Princeton has stood her up, throws his lucky penny away. A hundred stories below, Lucy, walking by on Fifth Avenue , is knocked unconscious by the penny. Kate and Princeton unsuccessfully try to work out their problems over Lucy's comatose body. Rod is too proud to accept Nicky's repeated apologies, despite clearly missing him, and tearfully consults Christmas Eve.

Princeton gives a still-homeless panhandling Nicky a quarter, and marvels at how fantastic he feels. Since thinking only about himself has gotten him nowhere, he decides to raise money to build Kate's Monstersori School. He solicits everyone, even breaking the fourth wall to shake down the audience, but results are disappointing "The Money Song". Then Trekkie Monster, recalling his own traumatic school experiences, donates ten million dollars—and explains to the astonished cast, "In volatile market, only stable investment is porn! Kate joyfully opens her new school. Brian lands a consulting job, and Christmas Eve finally has a paying client Rod , so the newlyweds move to a better neighborhood.

Rod finally comes out, to no one's particular surprise, and takes Nicky back in. Nicky finds Rod a boyfriend—Ricky, a muscle-bound hunk who otherwise looks and sounds exactly like Nicky. The Bad Idea Bears discover Scientology. Lucy, recovered from her head injury, becomes a born-again Christian and takes a vow of chastity. Everybody, especially the new guy, immediately ridicules him.

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The cast reminds Princeton that, in the real world, many people never find their purpose, but life goes on, and everything—both good and bad—is "only for now. It was added to the Las Vegas production, and subsequently became part of the current off-Broadway show. Eight additional songs were written for Avenue Q or associated promotions, but are not part of the show itself.

Their unusually sturdy construction, with double-stitching, reinforced seams, steel boning, and custom fake fur and feathers, is necessitated by the rigors of an eight-shows-per-week performance schedule. Rod, Lucy, The Bad Idea Bears Rod puppets consist of a head and a torso with two arms, at least one of which is movable for gestures. The puppeteer controls the puppet's head and mouth with his or her dominant hand, and holds one or both rods in the other hand.

Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Mrs. Thistletwat, Ricky Live-hands puppets require two puppeteers, each of whom contributes one hand and arm dressed with a long sleeve and glove matching the puppet's costume, which become the arms and hands of the puppet. The speaking puppeteer controls the puppet's left hand, head, and mouth, while the second, silent operator controls the right hand.

Sides are sometimes reversed if the speaking puppeteer is left-handed. During the show, one puppeteer will sometimes leave to take over another puppet, leaving the live-hands puppet with a single operator and only one functioning hand. In a variation, one or both of the puppet's hands can be attached to its torso to permit operation by a single puppeteer. Broadway and Off-Broadway [30]. After 22 previews and 2, regular performances, it closed on September 13, A new 1, seat theater was built especially for the show. Attendance was well below anticipated levels, due at least in part to the constant turnover of tourists in Las Vegas, which rendered the cultivation of word-of-mouth publicity virtually impossible.

In mid-January the show was cut to 90 minutes and the intermission was removed. Hotel owner Steve Wynn promoted the show heavily, at one point decorating 20 city cabs in orange fuzz and large white "Q" letters. All such efforts were unsuccessful, and the show closed on May 28, after a nine-month run, [31] terminating the exclusivity agreement and opening the way for national tours.

Several adaptive changes were made for British audiences, including portrayal of the Gary Coleman character by a male actor. The production ran 1, performances through March , then reopened in June at the Gielgud Theatre. After a further performances, the show moved in March to the Wyndham's Theatre , [32] [33] where it closed on October 30, after a five-year run. Broadway director and choreographer Jason Moore and Ken Roberson returned in those roles, as did most other Broadway creative team members.

After the show closed on Broadway, it reopened in New York at the New World Stages complex on October 9, , where it is still running today. A second national tour opened in Clemson , South Carolina in September under direction of the same creative team, and closed in Huntsville , Alabama on April 23, In November the tour transferred to Hong Kong.

In , a revival of the musical was staged in Melbourne , Australia , as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The Portuguese production, under the title Avenida Q , opened on February 8, In early , it was announced that Avenue Q will get a German version. It premiers on September 10, under its original title "Avenue Q", with localized songs. School Edition , a collaboration of the creators of Avenue Q and Music Theatre International , was created to facilitate production of the musical by high school drama departments.

Thistletwat and Lucy the Slut are renamed Mrs. Butz and Lucy, respectively. The scenes involving the Bad Idea Bears are altered to put less emphasis on alcohol. MTI states that these alterations make the musical easier for high schools to perform, while at the same time, maintaining the original intent and integrity of the piece. Eighteen television networks covered the event. Lyon operated the Bush puppet, while Jennifer Barnhart operated the Kerry puppet. Each puppet sang responses to questions from Avenue Q's concerned residents, and the whole cast sang "Vote Your Heart" see Other Songs above to the rain-drenched crowd.

Kate Monster welcomes them and the family expresses disbelief that a puppet is talking to them. Tevye introduces himself and his family and finally realizes that the Fiddler is with them, so he chases him away. Princeton only says "I know, I know. If I were a human Rod begs the Matchmaker to find him a mate, and the Matchmaker, played by Mrs. Shprintze tells her father that she and Princeton want to be married, and after a very brief interior monologue "I'll be brief.

On the other hand; on the other hand; tradition; Rod and Lazar Wolf also wish to be wed, and ask permission from the Tsar puppet, who forbids a gay marriage. Ben Brantley interrupts, asking who the real Jewish people in the cast are, and the company concludes that "everyone's a little bit Jewish" and "in theatre you can be whatever you want to be" as they celebrate Princeton and Shprintze's wedding. Cast members appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on August 13, to promote the last month of shows, performing "The Internet is for Porn" for the first time on national television.

The cast appeared on the Today Show in to promote the show's 15th year. The album contains almost all of the music from the show, with the original Broadway cast and orchestra.