Quirky comic musical Avenue Q will celebrate its 4th birthday tonight, 28 June 2010, at the Wyndhams Theatre in London.
The Cameron Mackintosh-produced show has proved consistently popular with audiences since it opened four years ago at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Cameron Mackintosh said earlier this year when the show moved to the Wyndhams: “Little did I think when I fell in love with Avenue Q in New York, that it would come to London in one of my theatres. It is just fabulous that audiences are still hysterical with laughter into our fifth year, with its witty and timely songs being as pertinent as ever.”
A new cast has recently joined the show including Paul Spicer, (Notes from New York, Taboo, Fame) as Princeton/Rod, Jacqueline Tate (Phantom of the Opera) as Christmas Eve, the award-winning Delroy Atkinson (Jihad! The Musical) as Gary and Sion Lloyd as Brian.
Avenue Q is a mischievous, charming musical about characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues: love, work, relationships and, above all, just how are you supposed to pay the bills with a BA in English?
The hilarious show features songs performed by a cast of talented performers and puppets, including It Sucks To Be Me, The Internet Is For Porn and If You Were Gay. The puppet musical won the 2004 Tony Awards for Best New Musical, Best Book Of A Musical and Best Original Score.
The Wyndham’s theatre is the third London home for Avenue Q, which opened at the Noël Coward theatre in 2006 before transferring to the Gielgud theatre in 2009. The show is directed by Jason Moore, with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and a book by Jeff Whitty.