Music & Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Winner of the Tony Award “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York City apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that achieving his hopes and dreams won’t be as easy as he thought. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favourite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humourous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show: a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
TotoToo produced this musical in 2015 to critical acclaim and based on popular demand we are excited to bring Avenue Q back to Ottawa audiences from June 19-29, 2019 at The Gladstone Theatre. We’re equally excited to welcome musical theatre performers to audition for this challenging and fun project.
What’s different about AVENUE Q?
In short, AVENUE Q requires performers to go beyond the acting, dancing and music to really get at the heart of the play by telling the story through puppets. The majority of the characters in this play are puppets. Unlike other puppet theatre, the puppeteers in Avenue Q are fully visible onstage with their puppets. The performance challenge is to integrate all of your musical theatre skills to give life to these puppets so their characters become real for the audience.
“If you were gay, that’d be okay!” Original Broadway Cast of Avenue Q
No, you don’t need puppeteering experience! We’ll teach you. It’s another skill to add to your resume.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME to audition for a TotoToo production. We all come in different shapes and sizes, ethnicities and religions, ages, sexual orientations and gender/identity expressions. Just be you! While TotoToo produced Avenue Q in Ottawa in 2015, all roles in the 2019 production are available to everyone auditioning, with all auditioners on an equal footing.