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Unlikely Hit: “Avenue Q”

Unlikely Hit: "Avenue Q"

With songs that include “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?,” “If You Were Gay,” “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet Is For Porn,” and You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You’re Makin’ Love),” all sung by a mixture of people and puppets, Avenue Q is an unlikely hit (not to mention the play’s catchy opening refrain, “It sucks to be me!”)

The play started in a small theater off Union Square downtown and then moved to Broadway. Tonight, in what was considered an upset, it won the Tony Award for best musical, as well as two other Tonys for best book and best score. “It certainly doesn’t suck to be us tonight,” said producer Robyn Goodman while accepting the final award of the night, live on network TV.

I caught “Q” last July, shortly before it opened on Broadway — its a blast. The play is the story of a college graduate (a puppet named Princeton) who moves to NYC unsure what to do with his life. He meets a motley crew of people and puppets on “Avenue Q,” from a neighborhood slacker and a closeted roommate, to building manager Gary Coleman and a young woman puppet who strikes his fancy.

Read more about “Avenue Q”: AP Feature | New Yorker Review | Review

Pictured (l – r): Rod and John Tartaglia. Photo by Carol Rosegg, from

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