AVENUE Q NEWS ARCHIVE

AVENUE Q SWINGS!

Playbill.com

Avenue Q's Tony-winning composers, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, hosted a special evening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre to benefit the Greenwich House Music School's Piano Fund.

The June 27 evening featured the Tony-winning Avenue Q score performed in jazz, classical and "other surprising arrangements." Mary Ann McSweeney, who plays bass in the Avenue Q orchestra, will be the musical director for the concert, which will boast a host of special guest stars to be announced at a later date... read more


LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT ON 'AVENUE Q

Yale Daily News

With graduation looming just over a month away, many nervous seniors may find that the first song in the hit Broadway musical "Avenue Q," "What can I do with a B.A. in English?" hits just a bit too close to home.

But it is at least a little heartening to know that in the case of Bobby Lopez '97, the writer of that song, the answer to that question was to become a Tony Award-winning composer... read more


Q's TARTAGLIA ADDS SECOND PUPPETRY MASTER CLASS

Playbill.com

John Tartaglia, who earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the puppet-filled musical Avenue Q , recently announced that he would offer some tricks of his trade during a five-week intensive master class in theatre and children's television-style puppetry.

Response to the master class has been so overwhelming that the young actor has added a second master class. The second class will be held on the same dates - Saturdays, May 7-June 4 - from 1:30-4:30 PM. The weekly three-hour course will focus on the types of puppetry that can be found today on Broadway and on children's television programs... read more


WHAT IS AVENUE Q? FOR $1,600


If you missed us on JEOPARDY! see if you know the answer to this Double JEOPARDY question, from the Ultimate Tournament of Champions...

The category is: "Broadway Musical Settings" $1,600...

"I'm Kate Monster, and in 'Avenue Q', atop this famous skyscraper, I sing 'I wish I could go back to college'".

The answer, of course, is the Empire State Building.


AVENUE Q NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARD


Avenue Q was nominated for the Best Musical Show Album Grammy award!
Best Musical Show Album Nomination

Avenue Q - The Musical
Jay David Saks, producer; Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording With Stephanie D'Abuzzo, John Tartaglia & Others)
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THANKSGIVING DAY Parade!


John Tartaglia and Rod appeared at the CBS (local Channel 2) anchor desk for an interview segment with weatherman (and Parade anchor) Dave Price on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2004 for CBS-TV's national coverage of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.


TONY WINNING AVENUE Q COMPOSERS JEFF MARX & ROBERT LOPEZ PERFOMRED IN CONCERT AT BIRDLAND NOV. 29, 2004



On November 29, 2004, the Tony Award-winning songwriting team Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx sang their hit songs from Avenue Q, along with some unknown "trunk songs" at Birdland (315 West 44th Street).  This was the first time the duo performed a full concert in public.  They were also joined on stage by some Extremely Special Guests!  The evening was part of The Winter Season, presented by Jim Caruso in association with TheaterMania.com, which features top Broadway and cabaret performers at the world-class music room.

Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx created and wrote all the songs for the hit Broadway musical Avenue Q, which won the 2004 Tony Awards for Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Musical.  Before it moved to Broadway, Avenue Q enjoyed a sold-out run Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, where it received the season's Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical.  In 2000, Bobby and Jeff won the coveted Ed Kleban Award for Lyrics for Kermit, Prince of Denmark, a proposed Muppet Movie based very, very loosely on Hamlet.  They wrote and orchestrated two shows for Theatreworks/USA (Reading Rainbow and Ferdinand The Bull), plus a handful of children's songs for The Disney Channel.  They are currently working on a musical comedy film for Universal Pictures, and a stage musical based on a particular religion with Matt Stone and Trey Parker from South Park. The writing team is eagerly anticipating the September 2005 opening of a second company of Avenue Q in Steve Wynn's new hotel, Wynn Las Vegas.  Jeff and Bobby both write lyrics and they both write music, together, in the same room, at the same time.  They met in 1998 in the BMI Workshop, which they recommend highly to any aspiring musical theater writers.

BIRDLAND has been a world-class music room on the Manhattan nightclub scene since 1949.  Jazz superstars Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Dinah Washington, and more recently Ann Hampton Callaway, Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli and Tito Puente have all performed on the BIRDLAND stage.  The room offers top-flight music in a world class setting, good sight lines and acoustics, and a menu featuring award-winning Southern cuisine.  Most recently, it's become the home of Jim Caruso's Cast Party, the weekly Monday late night showbiz gathering featuring impromptu performances by the Broadway, jazz and nightclub crème de la crème. 

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AVENUE Q&A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE



Bush and Kerry (Puppets) Battled it out on Broadway at Times Square Avenue Q Debate
Link: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/88733.html

Puppets to Debate - And We Don't Mean Bush and Kerry
Link: gothamist.com


AVENUE Q PERFORMED ON JERRY LEWIS TELETHON



AVENUE Q performed "For Now" on the nationally-televised JERRY LEWIS TELETHON for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004.


AVENUE Q WON THREE 2004 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL!



Congratulations to the cast and crew for receiving THREE 2004 TONY AWARDS including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.


AVENUE Q Nominated For NY GLAAD Media Award

Avenue Q was nominated NY GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding NY Theatre Broadway and Off-Broadway.


AVENUE Q's Mirena Rada Won Award for Theatrical Costume Design

MIRENA RADA, who designed the costumes for Avenue Q, was named to receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.


AVENUE Q's Tartaglia Is a Hollywood Square

John Tartaglia, who stars as both Princeton and Rod in the hit new musical Avenue Q, held a spot in the syndicated game show "Hollywood Squares."


AVENUE Q Tickets Presented on Queer Eye For The Straight Guy

Tickets to Avenue Q are presented to the straight guy as part of his cultural makeover on Tuesday, December 2 on Bravo at 10pm.


AVENUE Q Appeared on NBC's Weekend Today Program.

NBC's national Weekend Today program had a segment with Avenue Q actors and puppets as they played "Santa's Helpers," gathering gifts from the audience as part of NBC's annual Holiday gift drive on December 7, 2004.


AVENUE Q Featured on an Episode of MTV’s Made

Avenue Q was featured on MTV's Made, a show where one willing candidate desperately wants to transform his or her life, and is willing to do just about anything to achieve that transformation.


The AVENUE Q Cast Album Reached Billboard Top 20 List

The cast album for the Broadway production of Avenue Q made the top Billboard Top 20 Internet Chart!


Equity's "GYPSY ROBE" Presented to Carmen Ruby Floyd in AVENUE Q

Actor's Equity

CARMEN RUBY FLOYD is the second recipient of Actors' Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe" for the 2003-2004 Broadway season. The colorful icon was presented on the opening night (Thursday, July 31, 2003) of AVENUE Q, recreating an historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago... read more