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Last modified: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tony Award-winning musical 'Avenue Q' comes to IU Auditorium

WHAT: Broadway musical Avenue Q [for mature audiences]
WHEN: April 27 and 28, 8 p.m.
WHERE: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St.
TICKETS: $19-$40 for IU Bloomington students with a valid ID and $37-$59 for general public, on sale now. Individual tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, as well as through, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The IU Auditorium Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 7, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q will debut at IU Auditorium April 27 at 8 p.m. with an additional performance April 28.

Avenue Q

Photo by John Daughtry

Puppets and their people appear in Broadway's "Avenue Q," coming to IU Auditorium April 27 and 28.

This puppet show for adults tells the story of a puppet named Princeton, a wide-eyed recent college graduate who moves to New York City with big dreams and very little money. The only apartment he can afford is on Avenue Q, where former child star Gary Coleman is the doorman and the neighbors are quirky: There's Trekkie Monster, an Internet addict; Christmas Eve, a therapist with no clients; Rod, a repressed broker; and Kate, a cute nursery school teacher. Ultimately, Princeton discovers that everyone is looking for the same things he is -- a decent job, a stable relationship and a "purpose" -- and he learns that the real world isn't so bad after all.

With music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Avenue Q opened on Broadway in 2003 and won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical. Avenue Q has a sketch comedy vibe and has been reviewed as similar to such shows as "The Office," "Family Guy," and "Saturday Night Live."

"This cutting-edge, hilariously irreverent show is not for the kids, but it is for anyone who has ever struggled with finding their 'purpose' in life -- which is, of course, pretty much everyone," said Doug Booher, director of IU Auditorium. "It will bring much of our audience right back to their post-college days."

The New York Times called Avenue Q " ... a breakthrough musical of a very different stripe. Savvy, sassy and delicious!" and Entertainment Weekly dubbed it "one of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see!"

More information on Avenue Q and all shows on IU Auditorium's 2009-2010 season can be found at The Web site features video clips and a selection of songs from this season's performances, in addition to podcasts and a direct link to the IU Auditorium Facebook Fan Page and Twitter page, whose members receive exclusive benefits throughout the year.

Avenue Q is sponsored by Bloomington Bagel Company, Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau and Indiana University Residential Programs and Services. The IU Auditorium 2009-2010 season is presented by Curry Auto Center, B97, The Herald-Times, Indiana University Document Service Center, Indiana University Residential Programs and Services and Ivy Tech Community College.

Avenue Q features adult situations and language. For more information about Avenue Q, contact the IU Auditorium Box Office at (812) 855-1103.