Tickets are now available for "Avenue Q," the latest effort by Joe Jefferson Players. The show opens Friday, August 7, and runs weekends through August 23. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees. Tickets may be ordered through www.vendini.com. Joe Jefferson Playhouse is at 11 S. Carlen Street in midtown Mobile. For information, call 471-1534.
A press release for "Avenue Q" describes the play as follows:
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. Avenue Q is an "autobiographical and biographical" coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by children's television programs such as PBS's Sesame Street, that they were "special" and "could do anything"; but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more "special" than anyone else. The musical is notable for the use of puppets, animated by unconcealed puppeteers, alongside human actors.
Eric C. Browne directs the JJP production of Avenue Q; Jeff Clearman is music director. Jreffery Williamson is Tech Director/Scenic Design person; Stage Manager is Whitney Upton and Assistant Stage Manager is Day Peake.
The characters and their portrayers are the following roles/actors: Princeton - James Boykin; Kate Monster - Marlee Stevison; Gary Coleman - Melody Zeidan; Nicky - Will Robinson Smith; Rod - David McCune; Brian - Jason McKenzie; Christmas Eve - Jessica Head; Trekkie Monster - Pierce Cleveland; Lucy the Slut - Lesley Roberts; Bad Idea Bears - Victoria Johnson & Kip Hayes; Mrs. Thistletwat - Sarah David; Ricky - Day Peake and The Newcomer - Brian Jackson and Cuong Alex Do.