Avenue Q – The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Orchestration and Arrangements by Stephen Oremus
Directed by Edward Reichert
Winner of the Tony Award(R) “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart.
WARNING: Full Puppet Nudity! (Parental discretion advised)
Featuring the naughtiest puppets in town, Avenue Q will bring hilarity, heart & life by the USM School of Music musical theatre ensemble cast of 19 direced by faculty member Edward Reichert. Avenue Q is a Tony Award(R)-winning musical about growing up, dreaming big, and finding your purpose in life. You’d be a muppet to miss it!
The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
The cast includes Taylor Gervais of Hermon as Princeton, Rachel Grindle of Portland as Kate Monster, Samuel Allen of Harpswell as Nicky, Sean Arsenault of Scarborough as Rod, Drew Masse of Lewiston as Brian, Sarah Flagg of Hampden as Christmas Eve, Ali Sarnacchiaro of Saugus, Mass. as Gary Coleman, Matty Boyd of Medford, NJ as Trekkie Monster, Sara O’Connell of Watertown, MA as Lucy, Meg Ward of Bangor as Bad Idea Bear #1, Andrew Carney of Millinocket as Bad Idea Bear #2, Lauren Tudor of Scarborough as Mrs. Thistletwat. Performing in the Ensemble and various other roles are Lauren Tudor, Ricky Brewster of Lewiston, Shelby Caraway of Old Orchard Beach, Jacklyn Condon of Houlton, Chris Figaratto of Portland, Megan Mayfield of Marborough, Mass., Tori Osman of Dixmont and Benjamin Walker Dubay of Kennebunkport.
Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and USM alumni, and $5 for students. Purchase tickets online at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice, or by calling 207-780-5555.
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Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, firstname.lastname@example.org. Hearing impaired: call USM’s telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.
Avenue Q is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 42 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Tel: (202) 541-4684, Fax (212) 397-4684 www.MTIShows.com
The world premiere of AVENUE Q was presented by the Vineyard Theatre and The New Group, New York City, February 2003. AVENUE Q premiered on Broadway at the Golden Theater on July 31, 2003, produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.
Disclaimer: Avenue Q has not been authorized or approved by the Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content