“Avenue Q” could be described as Broadway’s little engine that could.
In 2004, the show reached legendary status when it unexpectedly won the Tony award for best musical over the mega-blockbuster, “Wicked.” Since then the show has gained a massive following and is considered a staple in musical theater.
The show focuses on a group of neighbors trying to adapt to the tricky life of adulthood. It should also be noted that the show is told almost entirely by foul-mouthed yet lovable puppets.
It’s a lighthearted story that addresses love, racism — and Internet porn — among other things.
Directed by SF State alumna, Laura Schultze, this production of “Avenue Q” opens Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m. and runs through Sunday, May 5 at the Little Theatre in the Creative Arts Building.
Meet the residents of Avenue Q:
Kate Monster is a kindergarten-teaching assistant by day and a passionate civil rights activist by night. She is at the forefront of the monster’s equal rights movement and plans to open a school exclusively for monsters ostracized by society.
Rod is the epitome of a suit and tie. He’s an out and proud Republican banker despite people’s criticism of his lifestyle choice. However, his personal life is a constant source of speculation among the residents of Avenue Q. He takes it all in stride and would like to dedicate this bio to his most-beloved friend and roommate, Nicky. “No homo,” he said.
Nicky is unemployed. Some would say he say he’s a slacker but in reality he exhausts most of his energy being a supportive friend to Rod. “No homo,” he said. He would like to take this opportunity to thank Rod for getting him off the streets and apologizes for not cleaning up after himself. He’ll try his hardest to get the Hot Cheetos stains off the bathtub.
Princeton is the new kid on the block. He’s a recent college grad and has no idea what to do with his English degree. He could barely afford his rent at Avenue Q but remains optimistic as to what the future holds. It’s just another step towards him realizing his purpose.