November 20, 2014–January 3, 2015
Granville Island Stage
Media opening: Wednesday, November 26
THE BROADWAY MUSICAL FOR ADULTS Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton (Jeremy Crittenden), a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Winner of the Tony Award “Triple Crown” in 2004 (Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score), and the 2013 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical, Avenue Q is part felt, part flesh, and packed with songs that are surprisingly poignant and only occasionally PC.
“The music is playful, the lyrics are outrageous, the script is hilarious, and the characters are delightful. Underneath its colourful fur, a big, boisterous heart beats. Avenue Q is the perfect musical comedy…unless you are under 14 years of age,” said director Peter Jorgensen. “After a 12-stop, B.C.-wide tour, I’m thrilled to be bringing our hit production back to the Granville Island Stage where our 2013 run was held over three times!”
Warning: Full puppet nudity and other vulgarities will induce laughter. This is a puppet show. However, this is not your kids’ puppet show as it sneaks a peek at raucous sexual congress, failed childhood stardom, excessive drinking, moving in and out of a slummy neighbourhood, investing, mix-tapes, cute creatures doing bad things, singing boxes, getting laid off, finding your purpose, getting fired, getting re-hired, ruvving someone but wanting to kirr them, exotic dancing, erotic dancing, exotic erotic dancing, homosexuality, racism, pornography, masturbation, interracial marriage, interspecies relationships (monsters and humans), roommates, coming out of the closet, coming out of your apartment, getting ahead in life, going to college, pan-handling, wishing you were back in college, coming out of your shell, and recycling.
Starring Jeny Cassady, Jeremy Crittenden, Kayla Dunbar, Nick Fontaine, Evangelia Kambites, Andy Toth, Selina Wong Director Peter Jorgensen Musical Director Sean Bayntun Musicians John Bews, Niko Friesen, David Sikula Set Designer Marshall McMahen Costume Designer Jessica Bayntun Lighting Designer Alan Brodie Original Sound Designer Andrew Tugwell Video Designer Michael Sider Stage Manager Louis-Marie Bournival Assistant Stage Manager April Starr Land
ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB
The Arts Club Theatre Company, founded in 1964, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Peter Cathie White, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.