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Avenue Q's 11th Anniversary

An interactive social media performance of Avenue Q, celebrating the Tony award-winning musical comedy's 11th anniversary.

Typically, audience members are asked to turn off all cell phones prior to the start of a show. That was not the case at last night's unique, interactive social media performance of Avenue Q, celebrating the Tony award-winning musical comedy's 11th anniversary.

Avenue Q the Musical

Cousin Kat and I were encouraged to share our experience on social media with the hashtag #AVENUEQLIVE and treated to a post-show reception with the puppets and previous cast members.

I can't believe it took me so long to see Avenue Q and I'm really glad I did. The show is clever, entertaining, and left us in stitches:

AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named PRINCETON who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets KATE (the girl next door), ROD (the Republican), TREKKIE (the internet sexpert), LUCY THE SLUT (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help PRINCETON finally discover his purpose in life!

The story is somewhat of a parody of Sesame Street, which you will find particularly hilarious if you're forced to watch Elmo + gang every morning at 7 a.m. like am.

I have to mention the one element of the show I didn't like that still perplexes me-- Gary Coleman. The deceased former childhood star is parodied in Avenue Q as an actual character named "Gary Coleman" and presented in his likeness. There was jab after jab at Coleman's misfortunes and after the first few laughs it felt sad to me. If you care to remember, the real Coleman had a viciously scrutinized and troubled life then fell down the stairs and died at 42 years old. My uncomfortable feelings about this aspect of Avenue Q are compounded by the revelation that Coleman was unhappy about this portrayal and wanted to sue the producers. There's funny inappropriate and then there's just inappropriate. The whole Gary Coleman bit falls into the latter category for me. Fortunately, the show in its entirety is so funny, I'm able to overlook it.

In case the character "Lucy the Slut" doesn't tip you off, Avenue Q is not appropriate for young audiences. If I had to assign it a movie rating, it would be Rated-R but Broadway for me is best enjoyed after bedtime anyway.

Tickets for Avenue Q (starting at $72.50) are available for purchase in person at the New World Stages box office (340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), online at, or by calling Telecharge at 800-432-7250 or 212-239-6200.

{Tickets provided for review.}