Total Rating: 
***1/4
Opened: 
Opened July 31, 2003
Ended: 
open run (as of September 2014)
Country: 
USA
State: 
New York
City: 
New York
Company/Producers: 
Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theater (Douglas Aibel, art dir) www.vineyardtheatre.org. & The New Group (Scott Elliott, art dir; Geoffrey Rich, exec dir);
Theater Type: 
Broadway
Theater: 
John Golden (moved to off-Broadway's New World Stages)
Theater Address: 
252 West 45 Street
Running Time: 
2 hrs, 15 min
Genre: 
Musical Comedy
Author: 
Book: Jeff Whitty; Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx; Based on concept by Lopez & Marx.
Director: 
Jason Moore
Review: 

The Broadway lark, Avenue Q, is an adult kids' show -- a charming Sesame Street / Muppets singing, dancing delight. It's a clever concept performed with great charm by an outstanding cast of singing puppet characters mixed with non-puppet actors. The skill and range of Stephanie D'Abruzzo, John Tartaglia and Rick Lyon is amazing, and every cast member is Broadway level. Songs by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and book by Jeff Whitty give us a contemporary neighborhood saga full of great wit, romance and feeling, and the working-class- street set by Anna Louizos is just right.

All the grownup kids in the audience had a great time with the spicy ideas, language and political insights like "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist" stirred in with familiar puppetry. This show is a great idea, by Lopez and Marx, taken to artistic and entertainment heights.

Cast: 
Jennifer Barnhart, Ann Harada, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Jordan Gelber, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Rick Lyon, John Tartaglia
Technical: 
Puppets: Rick Lyon; Choreog: Ken Roberson; Music Sup: Stephen Oremus; Set: Anna Louizos; Costumes: Mirena Rada, Rsthetic, Inc.; Lighting: Howell Binkley; Sound: Acme Sound Partners; Music Dir/Incidental Music: Gary Adler. Casting: Cindy Tolan
Critic: 
Richmond Shepard
Date Reviewed: 
August 2003