The Arkansas Repertory Theatre closes out the 2012-2013 season with the Tony winning musical Avenue Q. The production runs through June 30
Avenue Q is an adult, laugh-out-loud puppet 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), Christmas Eve, Trekkie Monster, Gary Coleman and other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life.
The cast includes Will Holly, Bailey Means, Kathleen Choe, Jimmy Kieffer, Ethan Paulini, Shaleah Adkisson, Chad Burris and Leah Monzillo. Lauren McClendon, Henry Melhorn and Mary Katelin Ward are understudies.
The production is directed by Robert Kolby Harper. Rick Lyon, who worked on and starred in the original production of Avenue Q is the puppet designer and puppet coach. The other members of the design team include Christopher Pickart (scenery), Shelly Hall (costumes), Daniel Davisson (lighting), Allan Branson (sound), Lynda J. Kwallek (properties) and Mike Nichols (technical director). Michael Rice is the music director.
Avenue Q features a Tony winning book by Jeff Whitty and a Tony winning score by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez. It was originally directed by Fayetteville native Jason Moore (who received a Tony nomination for his direction).