Puppets from Broadway’s original production of “Avenue Q” will appear in performances on May 11-27 at Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St., Rochester.
Princeton, a recent college graduate, moves into a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q. He discovers that, although the residents seem nice, this is not an ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their purpose in life. “Avenue Q” won Tony awards for best musical, best score and best book.
The theater enjoyed the residency of Rochester native and Broadway puppet creator Rick Lyon. The cast participated in a three-day puppetry workshop, providing the most realistic and professional puppetry possible to the Rochester community.
Popular songs in “Avenue Q” include “The Internet is for Porn,” “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and “If You Were Gay.” Parental discretion is advised for mature language, themes and puppet sex.
This production is directed by Danny Hoskins, artistic and managing director, with music direction by Andy Pratt and choreography by Mandi Hassett.
“I am thrilled to be rounding out our 68th season with this Tony-winning smash hit,” Hoskins said. “Rick Lyon’s influence on the show will be felt in both the aesthetics and production caliber. We are so thrilled to share this special production with the community, and to have the Broadway puppets along for the ride.”
The cast includes Steve Cena (Trekkie/Monster), Phillip Detrick (Rod/Princeton), Lani Toyama Hoskins (Christmas Eve), Jonathan Ntheketha (Brian), Sable Stewart (Gary Coleman), Elizabeth West (Kate Monster/Lucy T. Slut) and Esther O’Leary Winter (Bad Idea Bear/Mrs. T).
Performances are at 8 p.m. on May 11, 7 p.m. on May 12, 2 p.m. on May 13, 7:30 p.m. on May 17, 8 p.m. on May 18-19, 2 p.m. on May 20, 7:30 p.m. on May 24, 8 p.m. on May 25-26 and 2 p.m. on May 27.
Tickets cost $39.50. Call (585) 454-1260 or visit blackfriars.org for information.