I can’t believe I never saw Avenue Q until last week. It’s celebrating its 11th anniversary! How can that be? I’m such a huge fan of one of its composers, Robert Lopez, that I have been clamoring to see it.
It was on July 31, 2003 that Avenue Q opened on Broadway, going on to win 3 Tony Awards – for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score – and ran over 6 years at the John Golden Theatre. In October of 2009, it moved to its current home at New World Stages. It’s played over 4,500 performances in New York, in addition to countless performances across the country and around the world.
Avenue Q is about a group of 20-somethings living in New York City — it features people and puppets alike — who move to the city with big dreams and small bank accounts. They’re all looking for their purpose in life.
Yes, that was me once. I, too, moved to NYC from Atlanta with a suitcase filled with clothes and big dreams of my own to get a job and make it on my own. I remember those days well (after all, they were the best of my life) and enjoyed watching similar experiences being played out on stage.
In this case, I was played by Princeton, a recent college grad who can only afford to live on Avenue Q (I shared a tight space on the Upper West Side). His neighbors are eclectic as mine were back then: there’s Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fianceé Christmas Eve; Nicky the slacker and his roommate Rod — a Republican investment banker with a secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate.
Oh, and the apartment building’s superintendent is called “Gary Coleman” (and the actress playing him has an uncanny resemblance to the real life actor). There are a lot of other American pop cultural references alluded to throughout the show that appealed to the culture vulture part of me.
The play was ahead of its time 11 years ago, addressing issues such as coming out, racism and interracial romance. It’s just as relevant now as it was then. Besides, aren’t we all looking for the meaning of life?
Avenue Q performs Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at New World Stages at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased through at Tele Charge 212-239-6200 or www.telecharge.com. A limited number of rush tickets for $26.50 are available at the box office for each performance.
Avenue Q Ticket Giveaway
I’m giving away a pair of tickets to Avenue Q at New World Stages!
To win, just comment below and let me know if this will be your first time seeing the show and/or how many times you’ve seen it. Also, you must follow the Culture Mom Facebook page (no need to tell me, I can check).
Winner will be selected randomly. Each winner will receive two tickets, which will be held at the box office day of show in your name. This giveaway will end on Tuesday, August 19th at 12pm EST. Winner will be posted here, on the Culture Mom Facebook page and via email and will have 24 hours to accept their prize.
Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post but received complimentary tickets to facilitate the review. Giveaway is courtesy of Avenue Q.