John Golden Theatre, (7/31/2003 - 9/13/2009)

First Preview: Jul 10, 2003
Opening Date: Jul 31, 2003
Closing Date: Sep 13, 2009
Total Previews: 22
Total Performances: 2534

Category: Musical, Comedy, Puppets, Original, Broadway
Setting: An outerborough of New York. The present.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)

Produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre (Douglas Aibel: Artistic Director; Bardo Ramirez: Managing Director) and The New Group (Scott Elliott: Artistic Director; Geoff Rich: Executive Director); Associate Producer: Sonny Everett and Walter Grossman

Music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; Book by Jeff Whitty; Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; Musical Director: Gary Adler; Incidental music by Gary Adler; Music arranged by Stephen Oremus; Music orchestrated by Stephen Oremus

Directed by Jason Moore; Choreographed by Ken Roberson

Puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon; Scenic Design by Anna Louizos; Costume Design by Mirena Rada; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners and Nevin Steinberg; Associate Scenic Design: Todd Potter

General Manager: John S. Corker; Company Manager: Mary K. Witte

Production Stage Manager: Evan Ensign; Technical Supervisor: Brian Lynch; Stage Manager: Christine M. Daly

Conducted by Gary Adler; Musical Supervisor: Stephen Oremus; Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Associate Conductor: Mark Hartman; Music Copying: Emily Grishman and Alex Lacamoire; Synthesizer Program Consultant: Andrew Barrett; Keyboard: Gary Adler; Keyboard/Synthesizer: Mark Hartman; Tenor saxophone/Flute/Clarinet: Patience Higgins; Drums (traps)/Bongos: Michael Croiter; Acoustic & electric bass: Maryann McSweeney ; Acoustic & electric guitar/Banjo: Brian Koonin

Animation design by Robert Lopez

Casting: Cindy Tolan; Press Representative: Sam Rudy Media Relations; Marketing: TMG - The Marketing Group; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Nicholas Reuchel and Carol Rosegg; Web Design: Situation Marketing

Supported by a residency and staged reading at the 2002 O'Neill Music Theatre Conference of The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center

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Opening Night Cast

Jennifer BarnhartMrs. T
Bear
Other Characters
Natalie Venetia BelconGary Coleman
Stephanie D'AbruzzoKate Monster
(Jul 10, 2003 - Dec 24, 2005)
Lucy the Slut
(Jul 10, 2003 - Dec 24, 2005)
Other Characters
(Jul 10, 2003 - Dec 24, 2005)
Jodi EichelbergerEnsemble
Jordan GelberBrian
Ann HaradaChristmas Eve
(Jul 10, 2003)
Peter LinzEnsemble
Rick LyonNicky
(Jul 10, 2003 - Oct 29, 2006)
Trekkie Monster
(Jul 10, 2003 - Oct 29, 2006)
Bear
(Jul 10, 2003 - Oct 29, 2006)
Other Characters
(Jul 10, 2003 - Oct 29, 2006)
John TartagliaPrinceton
(Jul 10, 2003 - Jan 30, 2005)
Rod
(Jul 10, 2003 - Jan 30, 2005)

Understudies: Jennifer Barnhart (Kate Monster), Jodi Eichelberger (Bear, Nicky, Princeton, Rod, Trekkie Monster), Carmen Ruby Floyd (Gary Coleman), Aymee Garcia (Bear, Kate Monster, Lucy the Slut, Mrs. T), Peter Linz (Bear, Brian, Nicky, Princeton, Rod, Trekkie Monster), Erin Quill (Christmas Eve) and Matt Schreiber (Bear, Brian, Nicky, Princeton, Rod, Trekkie Monster)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2004 Best Musical [winner] 

Produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre (Douglas Aibel: Artistic Director; Bardo Ramirez: Managing Director) and The New Group (Scott Elliott: Artistic Director; Geoff Rich: Executive Director)

winner 2004 Best Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book by Jeff Whitty

winner 2004 Best Original Score [winner] 

Music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

 2004 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

John Tartaglia

 2004 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Stephanie D'Abruzzo

 2004 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Jason Moore

Drama Desk Award

 2003 Outstanding New Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Vineyard Theatre (Douglas Aibel: Artistic Director; Bardo Ramirez: Managing Director) and The New Group (Scott Elliott: Artistic Director; Geoff Rich: Executive Director)

 2003 Outstanding Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Jeff Whitty

 2003 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Stephanie D'Abruzzo

 2003 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

 2003 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Theatre World

winner 2004 Award [recipient] 

Stephanie D'Abruzzo

winner 2004 Award [recipient] 

John Tartaglia

Songs

music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

ACT 1 Sung By
The Avenue Q Theme
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Company
What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Princeton
It Sucks To Be Me
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Brian, Kate Monster, Rod, Nicky, Christmas Eve, Gary Coleman and Princeton
If You Were Gay
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Nicky and Rod
Purpose
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Princeton and Company
Everyone's a Little Bit Racist
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Princeton, Kate Monster, Gary Coleman, Brian and Christmas Eve
The Internet Is For Porn
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Kate Monster, Trekkie Monster and The Guys
Mix Tape
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Kate Monster and Princeton
I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Brian
Special
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Lucy the Slut
You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love)
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Gary Coleman and Company
Fantasies Come True
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Rod, Kate Monster, Nicky and Princeton
My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Canada
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Rod
There's a Fine, Fine Line
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Kate Monster
ACT 2 Sung By
There is Life Outside Your Apartment
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Brian and Company
The More You Ruv Someone
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Christmas Eve and Kate Monster
Schadenfreude
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Gary Coleman and Nicky
I Wish I Could Go Back To College
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Kate Monster, Nicky and Princeton
The Money Song
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Nicky, Princeton, Gary Coleman and Company
School for Monsters
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Trekkie Monster and Company
The Money Song (Reprise)
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Trekkie Monster and Company
There's a Fine, Fine Line (Reprise)
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Princeton and Kate Monster
What Do You Do with a B.A. in English? (Reprise)
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
The Newcomer
For Now
(music by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx )
Kate Monster, Brian, Gary Coleman, Nicky, Rod, Christmas Eve, Trekkie Monster, Lucy the Slut, The Bad Idea Bears, Princeton and Company

Reviews


AP: "Avenue Q: Dingy Detour Off Sesame Street"

Oh, those cheerfully misogynistic puppets and other demented denizens of "Avenue Q"!

Their insecurities are on view again, and they remain as entertaining as  they were last spring, when these hang-ups, put-downs and struggles with growing up were first displayed at off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre.

Now, it's on Broadway, where a scenically enhanced and slightly tweaked version of "Avenue Q" opened Thursday to what should be, if there is any justice, a rapturous reception

The show, on view at the Golden Theatre, has a sassy charm, a quirky sense of humor that successfully negotiates two very different styles that take these Muppet-style creatures much further than Jim Henson ever went.

Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, the creators of "Avenue Q," have fused the chirpy, ever-peppy world of musical theater with the jaded, iconoclastic and raunchy environment of twentysomethings who were weaned on "Sesame Street," reruns of '80s sitcoms such as "Diff’rent Strokes" and the Internet.

Not many musicals would open with a tuneful little ditty that has the entire cast proclaiming, in the most joyous manner possible, "It Sucks to Be Me."

The score by Lopez and Marx serenades and sends up musical conventions at the same time. Sort of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" meets "South Park," complete with four-letter words.

Whitty's loosely constructed book, which uses puppets and real live actors, is a series of conflicts that revolve around the residents of Avenue Q, a rundown street in an outer borough of New York. Director Jason Moore keeps the plot bubbling quite nicely.

Much of the action centers on recent college grad Princeton, an earnest young man, er, puppet, in search of what he fondly calls his "purpose."

Along the way, Princeton gets sidetracked by a sweet yet furry kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate Monster and a voluptuous vixen with the telltale name of Lucy T. Slut, who starred in "Girls Gone Wild" (Parts 2, 5 and 7).

All three puppets are operated, for the most part, by either John Tartaglia and Stephanie D'Abruzzo, two veterans of the real "Sesame Street." Both are musical-theater finds. Tartaglia's eager, All-American demeanor is appealing and he sings well, too. D'Abruzzo gets even more of a vocal workout, alternating between the gentle Kate and the jazzy, buxom Lucy.

After a few too many Long Island iced teas, Princeton and Kate Monster go to bed. Sex and all the problems that relationships entail are just part of the confusing life on Avenue Q. And in keeping with the recent trend toward more nakedness on Broadway, there is a bit of full frontal puppetry nudity. Miss Piggy would not be pleased.

The rest of the cast - played by both actors and puppets - is a veritable mock-rainbow coalition. They include a closeted, gay Republican investment banker; a Japanese therapist with the unlikely name of Christmas Eve; a hairy creature obsessed by Internet porn; a frustrated Jewish standup comedian; the investment banker's slacker, yet straight roommate, and Gary Coleman the diminutive star of "Diff’rent Strokes."

Well, not the real Gary Coleman but rather the buoyant Natalie Venetia Belcon who impersonates Coleman. In the musical, the former child actor is now working as a superintendent on Avenue Q. Hey, times are tough.

Special mention should be made of Rick Lyon, who designed the puppets and also operates several of them, most effectively the porn-obsessed Trekkie Monster.

Designer Anna Louizos' setting is a row of dilapidated brownstones augmented by two large video screens on either side of the stage. These screens are used for the display of homey, instructional messages as well an explanation of such words as "schadenfreude," German for "happiness at the misfortune of others."

"Schadenfreude" also happens to be the title of one of the evening's more catchy numbers, a tune in which one of the characters rejoices at the apparent demise of a rival. A listing of other songs will give some idea of the show's off-kilter humor: "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist," a clever bit at undermining bigotry through laughter, and "The More You Ruv Someone," a torch song full of soulful advice and fractured English, delightfully delivered by Ann Harada who plays the Asian shrink.

"Avenue Q" may not be such a bad place to live, after all.


AP
07/31/2003

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


John Golden Theatre

(7/31/2003 - 9/13/2009)
Lighting Design by Frances Aronson; Assistant Lighting Design: Ryan O'Gara; Associate Lighting Designer/Programmer: Timothy F. Rogers.

Assistant Co. Mgr: Andrew Jones; Company Manager: Nick Lugo(Jul 2006 - ?).

Production Stage Manager: Robert Witherow, Beverly Jenkins(Oct 15, 2007 - ?); Assistant Stage Mgr: Sharon Wheatley(Jul 23, 2007 - ?), Matt Schreiber; Stage Manager: Alex Lyu Volckhausen.

Conducted by Michael Patrick Walker; Keyboard: Michael Patrick Walker; Associate Conductor: Randy Cohen; Keyboard/Synthesizer: Randy Cohen; Tenor saxophone/Flute/Clarinet: Jimmy Cozier; Acoustic & electric guitar/Banjo: Brien Brannigan; Associate Conductor: Dorothy Martin; Keyboard/Synthesizer: Dorothy Martin; Keyboard: Paul Masse; Associate Conductor: Paul Masse; Reeds: Patience Higgins; Drums: Michael Croiter; Guitars: Brian Koonin; Bass: Maryann McSweeney .

Dance Captain: Aymee Garcia, Sharon Wheatley.

Cast

Carey Anderson
Kate Monster (Jul 8, 2008 - Sep 27, 2008)
Lucy the Slut (Jul 8, 2008 - Sep 27, 2008)
Kate Monster (Nov 26, 2008 - Jul 5, 2009)
Lucy the Slut (Nov 26, 2008 - Jul 5, 2009)
Christian Anderson
Bear (Jul 5, 2005 - ?)
Nicky (Jul 5, 2005 - ?)
Other Characters (Jul 5, 2005 - ?)
Trekkie Monster (Jul 5, 2005 - ?)
Natalie Venetia Belcon
Gary Coleman (Dec 24, 2005 - ?)
David Benoit
Bear
Nicky
Trekkie Monster
Leo Daignault
Ensemble
Mary Faber
Kate Monster (Dec 26, 2005 - Oct 28, 2006)
Lucy the Slut (Dec 26, 2005 - Oct 28, 2006)
Other Characters (Dec 26, 2005 - Oct 28, 2006)
Carmen Ruby Floyd
Ensemble
Barrett Foa
Ensemble (Dec 26, 2003 - Jan 30, 2005)
Princeton (Feb 1, 2005 - Jul 2, 2006)
Rod (Feb 1, 2005 - Jul 2, 2006)
Ann Harada
Christmas Eve (circa. 2005 - Nov 29, 2005)
Christmas Eve (circa. Dec 24, 2005 - Feb 26, 2006)
Christmas Eve (Jul 6, 2009 - Sep 13, 2009)
Evan Harrington
Brian (Jan 24, 2006 - ?)
Heather Hawkins
Bear (May 18, 2008 - Jun 1, 2008)
Mrs. T (May 18, 2008 - Jun 1, 2008)
Other Characters (May 18, 2008 - Jun 1, 2008)
Sala Iwamatsu
Christmas Eve (circa. Nov 30, 2005 - Dec 23, 2005)
Nicholas Kohn
Brian
Anika Larsen
Kate Monster (Jul 6, 2009 - Sep 13, 2009)
Lucy the Slut (Jul 6, 2009 - Sep 13, 2009)
Robert McClure
Bear (Oct 30, 2006 - ?)
Nicky (Oct 30, 2006 - ?)
Other Characters (Oct 30, 2006 - ?)
Trekkie Monster (Oct 30, 2006 - ?)
Princeton (Jul 6, 2009 - Sep 13, 2009)
Rod (Jul 6, 2009 - Sep 13, 2009)
Carla Renata
Gary Coleman
Christy Carlson Romano
Kate Monster (Sep 29, 2008 - Nov 23, 2008)
Lucy the Slut (Sep 29, 2008 - Nov 23, 2008)
Jonathan Root
Ensemble (Jul 3, 2006 - ?)
Ann Sanders
Christmas Eve (Feb 27, 2006 - ?)
Kelli Sawyer
Kate Monster (Oct 30, 2006 - ?)
Lucy the Slut (Oct 30, 2006 - ?)
Benjamin Schrader
Ensemble
Matt Schreiber
Bear
Ensemble
Nicky
Other Characters
Trekkie Monster
Rashidra Scott
Gary Coleman (Dec 17, 2007 - ?)
Howie Michael Smith
Ensemble (? - Jul 2, 2006)
Princeton (Jul 3, 2006 - ?)
Rod (Jul 3, 2006 - ?)
Sarah Stiles
Kate Monster (Nov 29, 2007 - Jul 6, 2008)
Lucy the Slut (Nov 29, 2007 - Jul 6, 2008)
Danielle K. Thomas
Gary Coleman (Jul 6, 2009 - ?)
Haneefah Wood
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman (circa. Nov 30, 2005 - Dec 23, 2005)



Understudies: Angela Ai (Christmas Eve), Becca Ayers (Bear, Kate Monster, Lucy the Slut, Mrs. T), Jennifer Barnhart (Lucy the Slut), Minglie Chen (Bear, Christmas Eve, Mrs. T), Leo Daignault (Bear, Brian, Nicky, Trekkie Monster), Carmen Ruby Floyd (Bear, Mrs. T), Barrett Foa (Bear, Nicky, Princeton, Rod, Trekkie Monster), Aymee Garcia (Christmas Eve), Sala Iwamatsu (Bear, Christmas Eve, Mrs. T), Hazel Anne Raymundo (Christmas Eve), Jonathan Root (Bear, Brian, Nicky, Princeton, Rod, Trekkie Monster), Ann Sanders (Christmas Eve), Benjamin Schrader (Bear, Nicky, Princeton, Rod, Trekkie Monster), Howie Michael Smith (Bear, Nicky, Princeton, Rod, Trekkie Monster), Jasmin Walker Broadway debut (Gary Coleman), Sharon Wheatley (Bear, Kate Monster, Lucy the Slut, Mrs. T), Chandra Wilson (Gary Coleman), Darryl D. Winslow (Brian).


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