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Archive for Avenue Q

Ave Q closed on Broadway, but announced a transfer to Off-Broadway!

At the final Broadway performance for Avenue Q, one of the show’s producers announced to the cast, crew and audience members that they need not bid the show goodbye – it is transferring Off-Broadway to the New World Stages on Oct 9!

This is one of the first shows (if not the first) to make the transition from Broadway to Off-Broadway and I personally could not be more thrilled that visitors to NYC will still be able to see it.

Casting has not been announced for the Off-Broadway version, though the same set, puppets and creative team will be used for the new staging.


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Broadway Musicals are Dominating TV News

Broadway musicals are dominating TV news right now! Check it out:

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Burn the Floor on ABC’s Good Morning America

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Shrek on MSNBC’s The Today Show

And tomorrow, August 13, the cast of Avenue Q will appear on “Good Day New York” with a performance of “The More You Ruv Someone” (WNYW, Channel 5, from 7-10 AM ET) and on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” with “The Internet is for Porn” (NBC at 12:35 AM ET.)

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Catch Some Broadway Musical Stars Off-Stage

Can’t make it to a Broadway show? Luckily for you, you can still catch the stars performing some of their stuff off-stage.


On Tuesday, July 14 at 4:30 PM, the stars of 9-5 are scheduled to perform at the Barnes & Noble on Broadway and 66th Street. Rumor has it that you may even be able to score a copy of the new CD before they’re released to the general public on the 28th…


And if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your home, flip on the TV. Ann Harada and Anika Larsen, co-stars in Avenue Q, will perform on the July 9 broadcast of CW11 Morning News, airing in the New York metropolitan area on Channel 11 from 7-9 AM ET. They’ll be singing “The More You Ruv Someone” and “There’s a Fine, Fine Line.”

Not in New York? Tough luck. Start saving your pennies or pray for another movie like Rent Filmed Live on Broadway.

Harada, Larsen, McClure, Thomas, Chase, Harris, Bareett & Ryan join Broadway casts; Epstein a national tour

July marked a whole lot of casting changes for Broadway and touring productions. Here are some of the biggest changes:

 

Original and Touring Stars Head to Broadway for the End of the Avenue Q Run

Ann Harada (9 to 5), who created the character of Christmas Eve in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, returned to the show yesterday alongside several cast members from the show’s recent national tour: Anika Larsen (XanaduRent), Robert McClure and Danielle K. Thomas.

Will Chase Joins Billy Elliot Broadway Cast

Will Chase (The Story of My Life, The Full Monty, Aida, Rent, Miss Saigonreturns to Broadway today in Elton John’s Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical.

Epstein Joins Tour Cast for Spring Awakening

The national tour of the Tony-Award-winning musical Spring Awakening welcomes Degrassi: The Next Generation star Jake Epstein to its cast tonight at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Harris, Bareett and Ryan Take Over Chicago on Broadway

Samantha Harris, Brent Barrett (Annie Get Your GunWest Side StoryCandideand Roz Ryan (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dreamgirlsbegin performances as Roxie Hart, Billy Flynn and Matron “Mama” Morton tonight in Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre.

Avenue Q to Close on Broadway on September 13

It’s a sad day on Broadway. Producers just announced that the critically acclaimed Avenue Q will close its run at the John Golden Theatre on September 13, 2009.

When it closes, the Tony-award winning Best Musical will have played 22 previews and 2,534 performances.

If you haven’t seen it yet – get your tickets now or forever regret it.

“We will miss our furry friends on 45th Street but are very proud of their longevity.” – Goodman, producer


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