The Story
Avenue Q
Music & Lyrics
ROBERT LOPEZ & JEFF MARX

Book
JEFF WHITTY

Original Concept
ROBERT LOPEZ & JEFF MARX
The show is largely inspired by and is in the style of Sesame Street. Most of the characters in the show are puppets (operated by actors onstage), the set depicts several tenements on a rundown street in an "outer borough" of New York City, both the live characters and puppet characters sing, and short animated video clips are played as part of the story. However, the characters are in their twenties and thirties and face adult problems instead of those faced by pre-schoolers. The characters use profanity, and the songs concern adult themes. A recurring theme is the central character's search for a "purpose."

PHOTOS
2003 Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
John Tartaglia leads the original 2003 Broadway cast (puppets included) in a performance of 'It Sucks to be Me' at the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
It Sucks To Be Me
John Tartaglia, Stephanie D'Abruzzo & Cast
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

At the opening we meet Princeton, in a graduation cap and gown, who wonders what he is now going to do after graduation.

On a dilapidated street in an outer-outer borough of the city, Brian and Kate Monster both agree that life is not treating them fairly. He is unemployed; she is single. Joining in the chorus are embattled room-mates, Nicky and Rod; Brian's Japanese fianc?e, Christmas Eve; and finally Gary Coleman ? yes, that Gary Coleman ? who's the neighbourhood's superintendant. He helps new arrival Princeton get an apartment.

Nicky swears he'd stand by Rod though Rod protests he's not gay. Meanwhile, Princeton decides to find his role in life. He runs into Kate Monster, who declares that her purpose is to open a school devoted to Monsters. Princeton makes a racist statement about Monsters, and he and Kate explore the notion that everyone's a little bit racist.

At her teaching job, Kate is assigned an important lesson. She decides to teach the kids about the Internet, but neighbour Trekkie Monster upstages her by insisting that the internet is for porn!

Princeton asks Kate for a date that night. They go to a club, where Brian warms up the crowd. Chanteuse, Lucy The Slut, then sings that she can make anyone feel special. The trouble-making Bad Idea Bears get Kate and Princeton drunk and send them home, where they "get it on" noisily.

Meanwhile, a sleeping Rod dreams that Nicky is in love with him; in real life, Kate expresses her fondness for Princeton and he gives her a lucky penny.

Brian and Christmas Eve get married. At the reception, Nicky suggests that Rod is gay. Rod overhears and defensively brags about his girlfriend in Canada. He kicks Nicky out of the apartment. Princeton realises he's forgotten his purpose in life, and he breaks up with Kate, who recognises the fine line between love and a waste of time.


ACT TWO

A few weeks later, Princeton is in a funk. In the city, Princeton hooks up with Lucy. Kate Monster sees them together and gets upset, so Christmas Eve helpfully explains the hatred that arises. Kate writes Princeton a note asking him to meet her on top of the Empire State building. Lucy reads the note and destroys it.

Meanwhile, Nicky has no place to live, and asks Gary for help. Gary explains the concept of taking pleasure in other people's pain.

Kate waits in vain for Princeton atop the Empire State Building. She throws his lucky penny off the side, and it lands in Lucy's skull 102 stories below. Princeton, Nicky, and Kate all remember a simpler time.

Meeting homeless Nicky on the street, Princeton decides to help Kate open her Monster school, and they enlist others to help raise money. Falling very short, they turn to Trekkie Monster, who saves the day. A thrilled Kate gets her school. Rod appears and comes triumphantly out of the closet. He asks Nicky to move back in, and in return Nicky brings out someone who looks just like himself: a boyfriend he found for Rod! Meanwhile Kate, touched by Princeton's generous action, agrees to try a relationship again.

A newcomer to the street makes Princeton finally realize his purpose: to put on a show about struggling through your twenties! Everyone agrees that it's a bad idea. Seeing his sadness and frustration, his friends console him, teaching him that everything in life, good and bad, is only for now.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer KEVIN McCULLUM, ROBYN GOODMAN, JEFFREY SELLER, VINEYARD THEATRE, THE NEW GROUP
Direction JASON MOORE
Musical Staging KEN ROBERSON
Orchestrations STEPHEN OREMUS
Puppet Design RICK LYON
Scenic Design ANNA LOUIZOS
Costume Design MIRENA RADA
Lighting Design HOWELL BINKLEY
Sound Design ACME SOUND PARTNERS
Cast
Princeton JOHN TARTAGLIA
Kate Monster STEPHANIE D'ABRUZZO
Nicky RICK LYON
Rod JOHN TARTAGLIA
Brian JORDAN GELBER
Christmas Eve ANN HARADA
Gary Coleman NATALIE VENETIA BELCON
The Bad Idea Bears JENNIFER BARNHART & RICK LYON
Trekkie Monster RICK LYON
Lucy T. Slut STEPHANIE D'ABRUZZO
Mrs. Thistletwat JENNIFER BARNHART
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

The Avenue Q ThemeCompany
What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?Princeton
It Sucks To Be MeBrian, Kate Monster, Rod, Nicky, Christmas Eve, Gary Coleman and Princeton
If You Were GayNicky and Rod
PurposePrinceton and Company
Everyone's a Little Bit RacistPrinceton, Kate Monster, Gary Coleman, Brian and Christmas Eve
The Internet Is For PornKate Monster, Trekkie Monster and The Guys
Mix TapeKate Monster and Princeton
I'm Not Wearing Underwear TodayBrian
SpecialLucy the Slut
You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love)Gary Coleman and Company
Fantasies Come TrueRod, Kate Monster, Nicky and Princeton
My Girlfriend, Who Lives in CanadaRod
There's a Fine, Fine LineKate Monster


ACT TWO

There is Life Outside Your ApartmentBrian and Company
The More You Ruv SomeoneChristmas Eve and Kate Monster
SchadenfreudeGary Coleman and Nicky
I Wish I Could Go Back To CollegeKate Monster, Nicky and Princeton
The Money SongNicky, Princeton, Gary Coleman and Company
School for MonstersTrekkie Monster and Company
The Money Song (Reprise)Trekkie Monster and Company
There's a Fine, Fine Line (Reprise)Princeton and Kate Monster
What Do You Do with a B.A. in English? (Reprise)The Newcomer
For NowKate Monster, Brian, Gary Coleman, Nicky, Rod, Christmas Eve, Trekkie Monster, Lucy the Slut, The Bad Idea Bears, Princeton and Company

Parade
Himself and Nora
Spamalot
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

2003 Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

John Tartaglia leads the original 2003 Broadway cast (puppets included) in a performance of 'It Sucks to be Me' at the Tony Awards.

It Sucks To Be Me John Tartaglia, Stephanie D'Abruzzo & Cast Original Broadway Cast Recording
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