Main Stage Series

SEP. 13 - OCT. 8, 2017

AVENUE Q

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez
Book by Jeff Whitty


Directed by Kyle Brand 



Winner of the Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, this puppet-filled comedy tells the timeless story of a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Avenue Q has not been authorized or approved by the Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content...because this ain't no kids' show.

"...savvy, sassy and eminently likable...breakthrough musical," - New York Times
"...an ingenious combination of 'The Real World' and Sesame Street." - The New Yorker

Warning:

This show is not appropriate for young children. Puppets reference sex, drinking, surfing the web for porn, and other emotionally scarring content.

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Performance Schedule

Previews on September 13 & 14; all seats $17.50 for Previews only. For other pricing, see our tickets page.

Opening Night: September 15 - wine and cheese reception before the show.
Performances:
Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 pm
Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm
Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm, followed by a talk back with the cast.

Special Tuesday matinee on September 26 at 2:00pm - all seats $22.50 this show only.

Open Mic Night - FREE!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Join us after the performance, sing or observe! BYOB. Pianist provided. 

Thursday, October 5th, 6:00pm
Young Professionals Night
(Ages 21-35), includes wine/appetizers, networking and a show! Only $20!




Full Calendar

Reviews

 
--CT Theater Reviews: G. Danihy
--BroadwayWorld.com
--CT Patch: Naugatuck

Media


Production Photos



Photos: Rich Wagner

Cast

EJ Zimmerman* (Christmas Eve): Playhouse on Park debut! Broadway: Ensemble/ Eponine u/s LES MISERABLES; National Tour: Swing AVENUE Q; Riverside Theatre and Arvada Center: Kim MISS SAIGON (Henry Award); NYMF: Alicia STUCK, Chen I GOT FIRED. “Love and enormous gratitude to all my people, and especially Josh.” Proud AEA member and UMD alum. www.ejzimmerman.com.

Abena Mensah-Bonsu* (Gary Coleman): Playhouse on Park Debut! NYC: Keesha WATER IS LIFE - NYMF, Harlem Ensemble RAGTIME on Ellis Island; Regional: Diva PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, ZACH Theater, Armelia AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' - Oregon Cabaret Theater; Cruise Ship: Circle of Life Vocalist DISNEY CRUISE LINE; Upcoming: Season 6 of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Abena is a NYC-area based actor/vocalist. She gives thanks to God, family/friends, and Jeremy & Dave at Daniel Hoff Agency. Isaiah 40:31. www.AbenaCMB.com

Weston Chandler Long (Princeton/Rod) is thrilled to be a part of this Avenue Q team! Playhouse on Park Debut! Off-Broadway: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW, THAT GOLDEN GIRLS SHOW. National Tour: JOHN TARTAGLIA’S IMAGINOCEAN! NYC: REUSABLE THE MUSICAL, TAKE THE PLUNGE! LUNA’S SEA. Puppetry credits include on Sesame Street and with The Muppets. Puppetry training from Sesame Workshop. Special thanks to lifelong mentor Caroll Spinney, as well as to everyone at The Luedtke Agency. “Love to my family, the Bats, and K.” Twitter/Instagram: @WestonCLong.

Colleen Welsh (Mrs. Thistletwat) originally hails from Windsor, Connecticut and is thrilled to be so close to home while making her Playhouse debut. She is a graduate of the Hartt School and currently resides in New York City. Some recent favorite shows include Charlotte A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, The Drowsy Chaperone THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, and Trinculo/Antonio THE TEMPEST.

Ashley Brooke (Kate Monster/Lucy): Playhouse on Park: Susan [TITLE OF SHOW]; John W. Engeman Theater: Gertie Cummings OKLAHOMA!, Frenchy GREASE; Stage Door Theatre: Eve Arden THE KID FROM BROOKLYN; THE DANNY KAYE MUSICAL, Debbi OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES; Allentown Shakespeare in the Park: Bianca OTHELLO. Proud Graduate of the Circle in the Square Theatre School. BA in English, Queens College.

Peej Mele (Nicky/Trekkie/Bad Idea Bear): Playhouse on Park: Hunter [TITLE OF SHOW], Bobby A CHORUS LINE, Sheldon JUNIE B. JONES, Frog A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD and others.  Off-Broadway: Peter PINKALICIOUS! THE MUSICAL. Regional: Igor YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Commercial: Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise, Zuga Dental Implants.  Peej lives in New York City with his delicious tuxedo cat, Jeffrey, and is an amateur greeting card maker. BA Japanese Studies/Theatre Arts from Gettysburg College. Many thanks to Playhouse on Park for the opportunities and creative environments they foster and much love to PBL&M for their perpetual support. www.peejmele.com

James Fairchild (Brian) - is excited to be performing again in one of his favorite shows. Playhouse on Park Debut. National Tour: BUDDY THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY; Regional: THE FULL MONTY, THE PILLOWMAN, BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, THE 39 STEPS, BIBLE ABRIDGED, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and SISTER ACT. Originally from Wisconsin, James now resides in Rock Island, IL. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Playhouse on Park. Everything in life is only for now!

Kyle Brand (Director) is very happy to return to Playhouse on Park for another show! He is a New York City based actor and director/choreographer. Regionally he has been seen in Mary Poppins (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Oliver (Pioneer Theatre Co.), Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia (Northern Stage), A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas (Hartford Stage Co.), and Lincoln in Love (Goodspeed Musicals –Festival of New Artists). He has also been in numerous productions at the Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod. He has assisted director Mark Waldrop on A Funny Thing... at Paper Mill Playhouse and The Sound of Music at the Olney Theatre Center. His directing credits include Altar Boyz (Playhouse on Park), Damn Yankees (Monomoy Theatre) and Titanic (The Hartt School). He choreography credits include Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, Cabaret (Monomoy Theatre), Spamalot (New London Barn Playhouse), Barnum and Spring Awakening (The Hartt School). He holds his BFA in Music Theatre from the Hartt School. Proud AEA member.

 

*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity, the profession union for actors and stage managers.

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