by guest blogger Joshua McGowen
When you were a child you learned your values every morning by visiting Sesame Street. Where is that kind of instruction for adults? Now there is a new street in town that will do just that. AVENUE Q is the international smash-hit musical about growing up, as told by a cast of people and puppets in a hilariously irreverent musical that combines Sesame Street with South Park. The Tony Award winning musical comes to The Pollard Theatre April 26th – May 18th and is the final production of the company’s 26th Season, “Choices.”
Winner of the 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q remains one of New York’s hottest tickets and most original shows in recent memory. Using risque humor, and maintaining human/puppet interaction in an homage to its inspiration, AVENUE Q is a musical treat filled with equal parts jaw dropping adult humor and good old fashioned heart.
Director Stevenson promises Pollard audiences a rare treat but warns that AVENUE Q is not for everyone. “This show has been on our wish list since it debuted on Broadway and has been so popular because at its core it’s rooted in the Sesame Street model: the idea of using puppets as a teaching tool. To be sure, the lessons in AVENUE Q are best suited for adults. Don’t let the puppets fool you—this is not a show for children. If a show can offend you this one probably will, but when it ends many people will relate to it because they’ve been there, and it feels like you’ve gone back with these familiar characters from your youth. It manages to be wildly hysterical and warm-hearted at the same time,” explains Stevenson.
The Pollard Theatre Company has assembled a powerhouse cast which includes Lane Fields as PRINCETON and ROD, Jared Blount as NICKY and TREKKIE MONSTER, Gwendolyn Evans as KATE MONSTER and LUCY THE SLUT, Crystal Ecker as MRS. T., Cristela Carrizales as CHRISTMAS EVE, Doug Ford as BRIAN and JaLeesa Beavers as GARY COLEMAN. The cast also includes Timothy Stewart and Joshua McGowen. The Pollard’s Artistic Director, W. Jerome Stevenson, directs this highly anticipated production which will feature musical direction by Todd Malicoate, scenic design by James A. Hughes, costume design by Michael James and property design by Timothy Stewart. Based on puppets originally conceived and designed by Rick Lyon, The Pollard production features puppets created by Dallas Costume Shop. AVENUE Q has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.
Tickets for AVENUE Q are $25, with senior, military and student discounts available. Student rush tickets are available one hour before the show for $10 cash, with student ID. Performances are April 26 through May 18, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Thursdays (May 9 and 16) at 8:00 pm and Sundays (May 5 and 12) at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available online at www.thepollard.org, by phone at (405) 282-2800, or at the Pollard Theatre box office at 120 W. Harrison Ave., Guthrie, Oklahoma.
If AVENUE Q can teach anything, it’s to remember that everything in life is only for now.