Saucy Puppets to Sing in Chicago
By Tim State in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 11, 2007 5:04PM
The saucy singing puppets of the Tony Award-Winning Avenue Q will finally be coming to Chicago, but not for a long run. And it’s going to be a while before they call Chicago home. As part of their national tour, which began this July, the puppets will spend two weeks from May 27 to June 7, 2008 at Cadillac Palace Theatre as part of the Broadway in Chicago series.
Inspired by Sesame Street, the show’s puppets take on a 20- and 30-something persona. But rather than learning to spell, they confront adult problems, like sexuality or porn, as each character searches for a life purpose, through songs like, “What do you do with a B.A. in English?”, “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist,” and “The Internet is For Porn.” Finally, a musical we can relate to.
Avenue Q first opened Off-Broadway before moving to a Broadway production in 2003, where it’s been running ever since. Avenue Q has won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show’s producers signed a deal with the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas in 2005, but the show quickly went dark, unable to appease the Vegas set. An international production in London’s West End, opened in 2006, and continues its run.
Photo Noel Coward Theatre by Timothy State.