• Adult Language
  • Adult Themes
  • Comedy
  • Musical
  • Puppets

Avenue Q

Book by Jeff Whitty

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez

Directed by Sydney Parks Smith

March 30 - April 27, 2019

"Hilarious, insightful entertainment - an exuberant blast of fresh air!” Theater Review

Winner of the 2004 Tony Award “Triple Crown” (Best Score, Best Book, Best Musical) Avenue Q is part flesh, part puppet, and packed with heart. This laugh-out-loud musical tells the story of a bright-eyed college grad who goes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account.  Moving to the only place he can afford - all the way out on Avenue Q - he meets an odd assortment of offbeat friends who struggle to find jobs, dates, and an ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor, biting satire, and a delightfully catchy score, Avenue Q is likely the most irreverent musical you’ll ever see. Mature audiences only due to language and sexual humor.

Adults love AVENUE Q, but they seem a little, er, fuzzy on whether it's appropriate for kids. We'll try to clear that up. AVENUE Q is great for teenagers because it's about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children because AVENUE Q addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. It's hard to say what exact age is right to see AVENUE Q - parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But we promise you this - if you DO bring your teenagers to AVENUE Q, they'll think you're really cool.

Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre, 417 West Magnolia Street

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"Sweetly satiric and surprisingly fresh"- New York Times

The Story

This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Brian (the out-of-work comedian), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet sexpert), Gary Coleman (Yes, that Gary Coleman), Lucy The Slut (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life.

Photo Credit: Uark Theatre

The Experience

Humans and puppets interact in this tale of twenty-somethings learning how to live and love in New York City. Think "Sesame Street" with adult themes and humor. Avenue Q is a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned. Get ready to wheeze with laughter at OpenStage’s production of this audience favorite!

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The Creators

Music & Lyrics:

Robert Lopez is an American songwriter of musicals, best known for co-creating The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q, and for composing the songs featured in the Disney animated films Frozen and Coco. He is the youngest of only twelve people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award, the quickest (10 years) to win all four, and, as of 2018, is the only person to have won all four awards more than once. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lopez

Jeff Marx is an American composer and lyricist of musicals. He is best known for creating the Broadway musical Avenue Q  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Marx


Jeff Whitty is an American playwright and actor. For the stage musical Avenue Q, he won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Whitty

Performance Schedule and Ticket Options


  • Fab Friday
  • Matinee Performance
  • Pay What You Can
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  • Student/Educator Night
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