Setting: a fictional street in an "outer-outer borough" of New York City. His new neighbors are Kate Monster, a kindergarten teaching assistant; Rod, an anal-retentive Republican banker; Nicky, Rod's slacker roommate; Brian, an aspiring comedian recently laid off from his day job; Christmas Eve, Brian's Japanese fiancée and a therapist with no clients; Trekkie Monster, a surly recluse who surfs the Internet all day in search of porn; and Gary Coleman, the building superintendent.
That is, puppets and human characters completely ignore the puppeteers, and the audience is expected to do so as well.
This can be a challenge as puppeteering mechanics are at times complex: The same puppet may be operated by different puppeteers in different scenes, and the actor voicing the puppet may not be the one animating it.
To assist in the illusion, the puppeteers wear plain gray clothing in contrast to the human characters' colorful costumes.
One puppeteer sometimes voices two or more puppets simultaneously.
The cast consists of three human characters and eleven puppet characters who interact as if human, Sesame Street-style.
The puppets are animated and voiced by actor/puppeteers who are present, unconcealed, onstage but remain "invisible" relative to the storyline.
Princeton, taken aback, counters that Kate's Monstersori School would discriminate against non-monsters.
They and the neighbors agree that racism is an adult reality ("Everyone's a Little Bit Racist").
2003 Off-Broadway 2003 Broadway 2005 Las Vegas 2006 West End 2007 National Tour 2007 Stockholm 2007 Israel 2009 Australasian Tour 2009 2nd National Tour 2009 Off-Broadway 2009 Rio de Janeiro 2009 São Paulo 2010 Madrid 2010 Argentina 2011 UK Tour 2011 Denmark 2012 Paris 2012 Netherlands 2012 UK Tour 2013 Edinburgh 2013 Hong Kong 2013 Shanghai 2013 Mexico 2013 Vancouver 2013 Denmark 2014 Chicago 2014 Poland 2014 UK Tour 2015 UK Tour 2015 Australian Tour 2015 Fortaleza 2016 UK Tour 2016 Fortaleza 2017 Portugal Avenue Q is an American musical in two acts, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics.
The book was written by Jeff Whitty and the show was directed by Jason Moore.
Avenue Q is an "autobiographical and biographical" coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood.