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Avenue Q Starts Tonight at Wynn Las Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Saturday, 27th August 2005 12:02pm
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John Tartaglia and Rick Lyon will reprise their profane puppetry in Las Vegas on August 27th, when the Tony Award-winning Avenue Q begins previews at the Wynn Las Vegas' Broadway Theatre. Opening on September 8th, the show will play on a 10-show-per-week schedule (with two dark nights) from September 3rd, with performances at both 6:30 PM and 10 PM.

Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group, who produced the show on Broadway (where it continues to run), will join forces with the Wynn to bring the irreverent musical to Sin City. The Broadway Theatre, which boasts 1,200 seats and costs $40 million, was built specifically to house Avenue Q.

A send-up of Sesame Street and other children's shows, Avenue Q mixes obscenity and tenderness in its story of wordly but still hopeful puppets and humans looking for love, success and purpose. The show won the Best Musical Tony in 2004, as well as Best Book (Jeff Whitty) and Best Score (Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez). Jason Moore directed the Broadway production, and Garry Adler served up the musical direction. Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Ann Harada, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Jordan Gelber and Jennifer Barnhart were among the other puppeteers and performers of the original cast; all remain in the current cast with Barrett Foa and Christian Anderson as co-stars. Lyon was the conceiver and designer of the show's puppets.



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