Weathervane Adds 'Avenue Q' to the Neighborhood

Weathervane cast members pal around with their puppet counterparts from “Avenue Q.”

The musical 'Avenue Q' dazzled the imagination -- and the critics -- when it was a Tony triple-crown winner on Broadway. With kudos as Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, the musical moved to Las Vegas for a long and near-permanent run.

Now released for regional performance, the show is making its mark -- this summer's Boston engagement sold to packed houses and an extended run. And now, you can see it in the North Country when 'Avenue Q' opens at the Weathervane Theatre on Aug. 2.

For a generation raised by and with a puppeted neighborhood of another name, the appeal will be strong. The characters that populate the Avenue are, however, just a bit more quirky than those alphabet-speaking, number-counting childhood memories. These friends and neighbors sing and speak more honestly (and freely) as they confront life in the city, making a life, working, and getting along.

To start with, there's Princeton. A recent college grad, he's embarking on the adventure of so many: finding a job, an apartment, and a way to fit in. He may not be completely prepared for the New York City neighborhood in which he finds himself -- or the new neighbors he finds there. Like Kate Monster, a kindergarten teaching assistant; bickering roommates Nicky and Rod; Brian and his fiancé named Christmas Eve; not to mention the Bad News Bears, Mrs. Thistletwat, Trekkie Monster, and, oh yes, Gary Coleman and Lucy the Slut.

There are comings and goings, pairings and partings, and hip, edgy music with quick and frank lyrics as you move through the lives and loves found on 'Avenue Q' -- a road worth the trip.

The musical 'Avenue Q' joins the alternating repertory at the Weathervane, with Cole Porter's 'Kiss Me Kate', A.R. Gurney's comedy 'Sylvia', the musical '9 to 5', and a revamped 'Moose Capades' revue that recalls the silly fun of those clubhouse tv shows of youth -- seen through the reunion of a group of child stars grown up. Call 603-837-9322 for tickets; information at www.weathervanetheatre.org

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