Synopsis Summary of “AVENUE Q”
Directed by Jerry Zimmerman, Assisted by Linda McClure with Musical Direction by Dee Hartsock Fisher
Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical and written by the composer of The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q is a hilarious adult-themed spoof of Sesame Street. Part flesh (human), part felt (puppets) and packed with heart, Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton, a recent college grad who moves into a shabby NYC apartment in the only neighborhood he can afford, all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that the residents of his building are not your ordinary neighbors. Together, Princeton and his new friends struggle to find decent jobs, stable relationships and a purpose in life, but ultimately realize the real world isn’t so bad after all.
Run Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes – CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE AUDIENCE GUIDE
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Jerry Zimmerman as PRINCETON, a recently graduated English major who wouldn’t find his purpose in life
Jamie Allen as KATE MONSTER, a lovelorn kindergarten teaching assistant who wishes to create a school for monsters; a parody of Prairie Dawn
Mark Sampson as ROD, a Republican investment banker who is secretly gay; a parody of Bert
Roger Rex as NICKY, Rod’s roommate and a messy slacker; a parody of Ernie
Merry Thomas as LUCY THE SLUT, a nightclub singer who is as slutty as her name suggests; Lucy’s like what might happen if Prairie Dawn on Sesame St. had grown up and gone bad
Prentis Moore as GARY COLEMAN, the former star of Diff’rent Strokes, is the building superintendent of Avenue Q; a non-puppet character
Nick McClellan as BRIAN, a down-on-his luck Jewish 32 year old who has trouble keeping steady employment and dreams of being a stand-up comedian. He is engaged to Christmas Eve. This is also a non-puppet character
Kristin Lee as CHRISTMAS EVE, a Japanese immigrant and Brian’s Fiancee. She is a therapist who has no clients. This is a non-puppet character
Chance VanFleet & Emily Klir as THE BAD IDEA BEARS, the two adorable and sinsister bears who can convince anyone to do something bad in the most adorable way
Dan Basinger & Joshua Mullenkamp as TREKKIE MONSTER, a lovable monster who spends most of his time on the internet looking at porn; he is parody of Cookie Monster
Amy Boley as MRS. LAVINIA THISTLETWAT, a kindergarten teacher with Kate as her assistant.
Tina Kowalski, Maggie Markward, & Joshua Mullenkamp as THE BOX PUPPETS
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