Avenue Q Lights up the Stage
by Kat Feary on Friday, October 25th, 2013
With the first semester well under way, this year’s main fall production, the musical Avenue Q, is in full swing. Created by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Avenue Q follows multiple characters as they struggle to find themselves under the additional stress of entering adulthood. Throughout the story, the realities of adulthood and the lies of childhood hit them, and they realize they cannot do everything they had once dreamed of. Milton is producing the musical version of the story and will be showcasing many of the high school’s finest singers. As the story progresses, many musical numbers commence, including others with unexpected titles such as “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today.” The quirkiness of the songs compliments the play’s individuality. People often find themselves with these songs stuck in their heads days after the show ends, laughing at the silliness but also fully appreciating the satire and slyness of the play.
In addition to the interesting songs, the musical is unique in its puppetry. Such props are a production in themselves, for each puppet of a Broadway production costs a large sum of money and requires a great deal of time to create. The puppets, rented from MTI, were first created by original cast member Rick Lyon. His company worked to produce the puppets used for all of the North American productions and several other international productions.
The musical and other pieces of work of Avenue Q have been nominated for many awards, including various categories of the Drama Desk Award, Tony Award, Theatre World Award, and Grammy Award. It has even won multiple categories of the Tony Award and Theatre World Award.
Given all of the different aspects of the musical, Milton’s own production should be one worth seeing. The musical will open Thursday October 31st, at 7:30, and will run the following Friday, at 7:30, and Saturday at 7:00.
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