Avenue Q, comedy, Crest Theatre, Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Delray Theatre, Entr'Acte Theatrix, musical comedy, Puppets, Robert Lopez
-The New York Times
“WICKED FUN FOR GROWN-UPS!”
-The New Yorker
Delray Beach FL, May, 2014:
Avenue Q has been called the ‘funniest dirty musical’ or ‘the dirtiest funny musical’ ever. Written by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Frozen) the Tony Award-winning show is a clever and irreverent look at the world through the eyes of the residents of Avenue Q as they explore and address the issues associated with growing up in the ‘real’ world, rather than the one their parents – and Sesame Street – described to them. Using a unique combination of humans and puppets, the musical chronicles its characters’ struggles to find decent jobs, stable relationships, and their purpose in life.
Entr’Acte Theatrix will present Avenue Q at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts (Crest Theater) from June 19 – 29.
“This play is a particularly appropriate one for Entr’Acte Theatrix”, says producer Vicki Halmos. “Our mission is to provide performance opportunities for emerging theatre artists, who – just like the characters they will portray, are taking the ‘next step’ from classroom to career.” Halmos has been involved with Avenue Q almost since its inception. She was an original investor in the Broadway, London, and Las Vegas productions, as well in its current off-Broadway incarnation, and was at the Tony Awards when the show won for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score ten years ago.
Avenue Q’s director Darrick Penny, has just graduated with an MFA from Florida Atlantic University. He recently directed The Fantasticks, and starred as Sir Robin in Entr’Acte’s 2013 production of Monty Python’s Spamalot.
Entr’Acte’s company of actors are all seriously pursuing careers in theatre or the arts, and a number of them have already appeared on area stages. Cast members Christian Ortega (Princeton), Sahid Arnaud-Pabon (Nicky), and Luis Herrera (Rod, Bad Idea Bear) are students at The New World School of the Arts; Seth Trucks (Trekkie) is a graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (his father is Butch Trucks, drummer for the Allman Brothers Band); and Joanna Mandel (Kate Monster) appeared in Entr’Acte’s productions of Hair and Cabaret. The rest of the cast includes Greg Halmos (Brian), Elaine Flores (Christmas Eve), Kalli Courakos (Lucy the Slut), Samantha Streich (Mrs. Thistletwat, Bad Idea Bear), and Chasity Hart (Gary Coleman).
All the cast members attended a two week puppet ‘boot camp’ in order to learn the intricacies of manipulating, singing, and dancing with their puppet counterparts. (Click HERE to see a short video of an Avenue Q cast performing La Macarena) Musical numbers include: “What do you do with a B.A. in English?”, “It Sucks to Be Me”, “If You Were Gay”, “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist”, and “The Internet is for Porn”.
Avenue Q will run from June 19th through June 29th only, at the Crest Theatre at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square. The theatre is located at 51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, 33444. Tickets are on sale now, and are available by calling 561-243-7922. Tickets are $20; $15 for groups of 15 or more with the 16th ticket free and are on sale now. $10 Student Rush tickets will be available ½ hour before curtain only, with valid ID. (Not suitable for children under the age of 15) Tickets can be purchased on line at:
http://delraycenterforthearts.org or by phone at: 561-243-7922, ext. 1.
Avenue Q has adult themes, and ‘full-frontal puppet nudity’, so parents are advised that this production may not be suitable for young children.
For more information about Entr’Acte Theatrix or Avenue Q visit www.entractetheatrix.org.
Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book: Jeff Whitty
Groups of 15 or more: $15
Student Rush – ½ hour before curtain: $10 – with valid ID
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays – 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday – 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 22 – 8 p.m.
Delray Beach Center for the Arts / Crest Theatre
Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach 33444
Box Office: 561-243-7922, ext. 1
Direct link for on-line ticket purchase:
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