The hilarious and endearing puppet porn and pop music musical “Avenue Q” is back in Minneapolis and making its way to Mixed Blood Theatre for a run from March 25th – May 1st. I am so psyched. I have been raving about this musical to everyone I know since I saw it on a date at the Orpheum Theatre three years ago.
As always, TC Jewfolk has the hook up – we’re giving two lucky TCJewfolk readers each a pair of tickets to an “Avenue Q” performance of your choice. Read on for more info. [Tickets are no longer available]
If you’ve been living under a rock… I mean… if you haven’t already heard about this hilarious, sexy and fabulously real musical, here’s the scoop.
More About Avenue Q
The R-rated musical comedy – conceived by Robert Lopez and MOT Jeff Marx, who also wrote the music and lyrics – is a coming-of-age story about an earnest, optimistic liberal arts college grad who ventures to the Big Apple with only his hopes and dreams and gets an apartment on Avenue Q, which is about all he can afford. And just like in the real world, Princeton and his neighbors struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Sound relevant? Sound a bit too familiar? That’s why Lopez and Marx jazz up the reality with memorable and shocking songs like “The Internet is For Porn,” “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.”
And there are puppets. Think Rent meets Sesame Street.
Co-creator, lyricist, composer and Member of the Tribe Jeff Marx hasn’t filled the musical with that many little Jewish tidbits (other than a joke about Jesus being Jewish, I can’t find any – am I missing some?) But in 2010, the Broadway casts of Fiddler on the Roof and Avenue Q got together to do a performance/ fundraiser for AIDS research called “Avenue J” that is hilarious if you have already seen Avenue Q, and still awesome even if you haven’t. Watch “Avenue Jew” here:
How the Mixed Blood Performance is Different – and Super Cool.
The play is one of the longest running Broadway shows, and thanks to producer Kevin McCollum and Broadway director Jason Moore, Mixed Blood is the one of the first theaters to be granted permission to stage its own version of the show, with new puppets, musical arrangements and set. Jack Reuler, Mixed Blood’s Artistic Director (and director of the show) commissioned original puppets–some naughty, some nice–who capture the audaciousness of the Avenue Q neighbors. Open Eye Figure Theatre Artistic Director Michael Sommers serves as puppet master. Twin Cities puppet artists Wayne Krefting (creator of Woodland Productions) and Maria McNamara (who worked for the Jim Henson Company for eight years) created the new breed of interspecies puppets, still retaining that special nod (and wink) to the original Sesame Street inspiration.
The list of awards the show has won is super long – including Tony Awards for Best Original Score, Best Musical, and Best Book of a Musical. Don’t believe the reviews and awards? Watch some of the videos from the Broadway production on youtube – we’ve posted one of our favorites below.
Here’s “The Internet is For Porn” from the Original Broadway Cast
Awesome. Hilarious. So… you better buy tickets. Mixed Blood is committed to access for all, with single tickets ranging from $10-$28.
But if you’re lucky, you can score one of our favorite pairs of FREE tickets. Here’s how.
Answer this question in the comments below before Thursday, March 24th at midnight to try your chance at winning a pair of the free tickets. If you could bring anyone in the world to see Avenue Q with you at Mixed Blood, who would it be, and why? There’s no right answer – we draw the winner’s name randomly. Once we let you know if you win, you can pick which show you’d like to attend between March 25 – May 1.
Enjoy the show! See you there!