(The production officially disclaims any connection with either Sesame Workshop or The Jim Henson Company.) All of the characters (puppet and human) are young adults who face real-world adult problems with uncertainty of how they will solve these dilemmas, as opposed to the simplistic problems and invariably happy resolutions faced by characters on children's television programming.Much of the show's ironic humor emerge from its contrasts with Sesame Street, such as illustrating the differences between innocent childhood and the difficult adulthood.Kate dreams of starting a "Monstersori" school for young "people of fur".Princeton innocently asks Kate if she and Trekkie are related, since they are both monsters, but Kate angrily pronounces his assumption racist.To assist in the illusion, the puppeteers wear plain gray clothing in contrast to the human characters' colorful costumes.One puppeteer sometimes voices two or more puppets simultaneously.
The Bad Idea Bears suggest that Kate and Princeton order some "harmless" Long Island Iced Teas, and once Kate is totally inebriated, that Princeton takes her home to bed.
2003 Off-Broadway 2003 Broadway 2005 Las Vegas 2006 West End 2007 National Tour 2007 Stockholm 2007 Israel 2009 Australasian Tour 2009 2nd National Tour 2009 Off-Broadway 2009 Rio de Janeiro 2009 São Paulo 2010 Madrid 2010 Argentina 2011 UK Tour 2011 Denmark 2012 Paris 2012 Netherlands 2012 UK Tour 2013 Edinburgh 2013 Hong Kong 2013 Shanghai 2013 Mexico 2013 Vancouver 2013 Denmark 2014 Chicago 2014 Poland 2014 UK Tour 2015 UK Tour 2015 Australian Tour 2015 Fortaleza 2016 UK Tour 2016 Fortaleza 2017 Portugal Avenue Q is an American musical in two acts, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics.
The book was written by Jeff Whitty and the show was directed by Jason Moore.
Marx interned at the program early in his career, and all four of the original cast's principal puppeteers—John Tartaglia, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jennifer Barnhart and Rick Lyon—were Sesame Street performers (D'Abruzzo returned to Sesame Street after leaving Avenue Q).
Three of the puppet characters are direct recognizable parodies of classic Sesame Street puppets: Roommates Rod and Nicky are a riff on Bert and Ernie, while Trekkie Monster bears the distinctive voice and disposition of Cookie Monster, though not his obsession with baked goods.