If you’re in search of an evening of hilariously raunchy fun, head on down to Avenue Q! This award winning musical is all the fun of the Muppets you enjoyed as a kid, with themes that you’ll enjoy as an adult! Catchy tunes accompanying discussions on jobs, relationships and life in New York City will keep you laughing all night long!
As I entered the Bank of American Theatre, I couldn’t help but feel as if I had been transported back to my childhood. On stage, the backdrop was of a New York street, lined with apartments, trashcans outside the doors; lamp posts illuminating the dirty sidewalk. It looked exactly like the set of Sesame Street, one of my favorite programs growing up. Little did I know it was going to be much more than singing and dancing puppets!
Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton, a bright eyed college grad who moves to NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The only apartment he can afford is way out on Avenue Q, where everyone’s looking for the same things he is: a decent job, a stable relationship and a “purpose”. Eventually, Princeton learns to embrace the ups and downs of city life and realizes that “the real world” isn’t so bad after all.
Robert Lopez (Music, Lyrics, Original Concept, Animation Design) brings this story to life and won a Tony for his work on this production in 2004 for Best Score. He also holds a 2008 Daytime Emmy Award for his music on Nick Jr,’s “Wonder Pets”, as well as a Primetime Emmy nomination for his musical episode of the hit NBC series “Scrubs”. Directing this production is Justin Moore, an extremely accomplished Broadway director with credits such as Shrek The Musical, Steel Magnolias, Jerry Springer-The Opera and Les Miserables, to name a few as well as television programs including “Dawson’s Creek”, “Everwood”, “One Tree Hill” and “Brothers and Sisters”. Choreography is by 2004 Tony Award Winner Ken Roberson and original puppet design is by Rick Lyon.
Avenue Q is home to many colorful characters, all in search of the life they had imagined when they were in college: a good job, a boyfriend or girlfriend and a nice apartment. While they all believe it “Sucks to be Me”, they all get by with a little help from their friends and fellow neighbors: Brian (Tim Kornblum), a thirty two year old slob and aspiring comedian, his fiancé and Japanese immigrant Christmas Eve (Lisa Helmi Johnason), Kate Monster (Jacqueline Grabois), a teacher’s assistant with dreams of starting her own Monster School, Rod (Brent Michael DiRoma), an uptight businessman and closeted gay, roommate to Nicky (Michael Liscio Jr.), the porn obsessed Trekkie Monster (Michael Liscio Jr and Kerri Brackin), the washed up child star Gary Coleman (Nigel Jamaal Clark) and of course, the fresh out of college and amusingly naïve Princeton (Brett Michael DrRoma).
The Avenue Q cast will bring a smile to your face as they trek through life’s all too relatable trials and tribulations. You won’t want to miss this sidesplitting performance!
Individual tickets for Avenue Q are on sale now and range in price from $25-$75. and are available at all Broadway in Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., and 18 W. Monroe St.); the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores); and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com . Tickets are available for groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710.