What might happen if the young and innocent cast of your favorite childhood puppet show grew up, had to find jobs and generally deal with the everyday stresses of adult life? Chances are, they'd become the raunchy, cranky and downright dirty residents of Avenue Q. Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, this comedy is a satire of Sesame Street-like children’s television and takes a harsh and hilarious look at coming of age. Avenue Q currently plays Off-Broadway at New World Stages, after a highly successful six-year Broadway run that ended in 2009.
Avenue Q stars some unconventional puppets and their down-on-their-luck human friends. Together, the puppets and humans enthusiastically search for their purpose in life, yet struggle to pay the rent in their grungy neighborhood. After graduating from college, the enthusiastic young Princeton moves to New York and finds that the only neighborhood in his price range is the dumpy Avenue Q, where dreams are big but are often weighed down by the realities of day-to-day existence. Both the human and puppet characters parody stereotypes, making for hilarious and often jaw-droppingly crass encounters. The talented puppeteers of Avenue Q play multiple roles and are always visible on stage, but their presence blends into the background as the puppets come to life.
Avenue Q beat Wicked for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2004. It’s easy to see why: The show is an utterly hilarious satire of being a young adult at the dawn of the 21st Century.
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By juxtaposing childlike puppets with the issues and anxieties of adulthood, the show, written by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, mocks both a pre-supposed innocence and the struggles of growing up.
Originally intended to be a television series, Avenue Q’s songs blend the musical qualities of children’s television and standard show tunes while layering in highly inappropriate lyrics.
2 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.
Adults love Avenue Q, but they're not always sure whether it's appropriate for young kids, since there are references to sex, porn and alcohol. It's hard to say what age is too young, but parents should decide based on the maturity level of their children.
The Time Out New York Lounge offers drinks for purchase before and after the show and during intermission.
Fully wheelchair accessible.