Onstage in Theatre Too at Theatre Three: Avenue Q

July 30, 2012  |  Posted by: Kathy Tyner

Avenue Q has been extended through September 15th!

Theatre Too begins with the Tony Award-winning hit puppet musical, Avenue Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty, starting off Theatre Three’s 51st season. The Official Opening Night is 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2012, but the show begins previews on Friday, June 29, 2012 and will close on September 15th.

Princeton graduated from college with a B.A. in English and is ready to start his exciting new life…but he has two problems.  First, he needs a place to live and two, he has no idea what his purpose is! Princeton rents a cheap apartment on Avenue Q and finds some friends who help him make it into home.

Nicky – a total slob, lives with his ultra-conservative, Republican neat-freak friend, Rod. Kate, one of Princeton’s friends, is pretty and smart.  She has big dreams but alas, no boyfriend.  Trekkie is a complete internet geek. Brian is engaged to a Japanese therapist who has no clients, and he also just lost his job. Gary Coleman is the superintendent. Yes, that Gary Coleman. Lucy likes sex. Princeton learns a lot about life, love, porn, racism, and finding his purpose in life with this mish-mash of new friends.

PRINCETON: I wish I could go back to college./ In college you know who you are./ You sit in the Quad/and think oh my God/I’m totally gonna go far.  — from Avenue Q

Originally conceived as a television series, the show was developed as a stage production at the 2002 National Music Theatre Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. It opened Off Broadway in March 2003, co-produced by The New Group and the Vineyard Theatre, and transferred to Broadway in July 2003 where it won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and spawned Las Vegas and West End productions, two national tours, and a variety of international productions.

With 2,534 performances, Avenue Q ranks 22nd on the list of longest running shows in Broadway history. The show ended its Broadway run on September 13, 2009, and 5.5 weeks later reopened in the New World Stages complex on West 50th Street, where it continues to play as an Off Broadway production.

About The Playwrights: Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez, and Jeff Whitty

Jeff Marx: Mr. Marx with Robert Lopez made their Broadway debut with Avenue Q (Music and Lyrics, Original Concept). They began writing Avenue Q in the BMI Workshop in 1999, thinking it was a great idea for a TV series. Three years later it was produced Off-Broadway, Broadway (with three Tony Awards), Las Vegas and London. Bobby and Jeff are currently writing the screenplay and songs for a new movie-musical for Universal Pictures as well as writing a new Broadway musical with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park. Their other works include a new Muppet movie called Kermit, Prince of Denmark (which received the coveted Ed Kleban Award) and Ferdinand the Bull, a children’s musical for TheatreWorks/USA.

Robert Lopez: Mr. Lopez’s first two Broadway musicals, Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon, have both been critical and commercial smash hits and Best Musical Tony Award winners. He shared Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book for The Book of Mormon. He also shared a Tony for Best Original Score and a Grammy nomination for Avenue Q, which he co-wrote and conceived. With wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he co-wrote Finding Nemo: The Musical (playing at Walt Disney World since 2006), the Broadway-bound original musical Up Here and songs for Winnie the Pooh (Disney feature animation, 2011). He shared two Emmy Awards for his music for The Wonder Pets and an Emmy nomination for the Scrubs musical episode. Member: BMI Workshop, Dramatists Guild, WGA, AEA, Yale grad, native NY’er.

Jeff Whitty: Mr. Whitty won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Avenue Q, which ran six years on Broadway and then moved to its current home off Broadway at New World Stages. Additional mountings include five years in London’s West End, U.S. and U.K. national tours, and dozens of international productions. This fall, his new musical Bring It On kicks off a New York bound national tour at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, with a score by Tom Kitt, Amanda Green, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Whitty’s plays include The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, The Hiding Place, The Plank Project, Balls, and Suicide Weather. Theaters mounting his work include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Alliance Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, Vineyard Theatre, and The New Group, as well as The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, which hosted developmental workshops for Avenue Q and Tales of the City.

About Theatre Three’s production of Avenue Q:

Michael Serrecchia Musical Theatre Program Chair (from KD Conservatory) will direct this production. The cast includes Megan Kelly Bates as Kate/Lucy, James Chandler as Nicky/Swing, Olivia de Guzman Emile as Christmas Eve, M. Denise Lee as Gary Coleman, Chester Maple as Brian, Matt Purvis as Princeton/Rod, and Michael Robinson as Trekkie/Swing, and Ensemble.

Musical direction by Terry Dobson. Set design by Jac Alder. Lighting & sound design by Scott Guenther. Costume design by Michael Robinson. Puppet design & creation by Dallas Puppet Theater’s Michael Robinson and Pix Smith.

About Theatre Three:

Theatre Three was founded in 1961 by Norma Young, Jac Alder, Esther Ragland, and Robert Dracup with a clear mission: Theatre Three seeks to illuminate the human experience with exemplary, intimate theatrical productions while nurturing authors, regional artists and audiences.

The Official Opening:

Official Opening Night is Monday, July 2, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. All press please R.S.V.P to Kimberly Richard at 214-871-3300, option #2 or kimberly@theatre3dallas.com.

Performance Times:

  • Regular Performances:  Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
  • Final Week of Regular Performances:  Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28 at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices:  Regular Run: $35 & $40 (July 6 – 29, 2012)

Tickets may be purchased by calling Theatre Three’s box office at 214-871-3300, option #1. Tickets may be requested online here.

Production Photos:

Photos from Avenue Q can be found online in Theatre Three’s Press Room.

To Contact Theatre Three:

2800 Routh Street, Suite 168
Dallas, Texas 75201
Phone: 214-871-3300
Fax: 214-871-3139