Emery Entertainment has announced that the three-time Tony Award-winning smash hit musical “Avenue Q” will extend its engagement for two more weeks at the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza. The show will now run through March 17.
Tickets range from $30-$75 and are on sale now for all performances through MetroTix at www.metrotix.com or by calling 314-534-1111. Additionally, tickets will be available at the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza box office one hour prior to show time. Groups of 10 or more should call 314-616-4455 for special rates.
“It was always our hope to extend the run, believing this talented, colorful cast of characters would win the hearts of St. Louis audiences. The overwhelming response from critics and patrons has exceeded our wildest expectations!” said Paul Emery, president of Emery Entertainment.
St. Louis critics agree that this show is a hit! “Fierce, funny and fabulously naughty” said Connie Bollinger at St. Louis Limelight. “It delivers an evening of fun and frolic.”
“Outrageously funny!” raved Calvin Wilson of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Tina Farmer from KDHX Radio called the show “whimsical and fun from start to finish!”
“Westport is the perfect venue – intimate and cozy – for this beloved brazen show,” said Tanya Seale from BroadwayWorld.com. Mark Bretz from the Ladue Newsexclaimed, “A blend of national and local talent brings zest, exquisite precision and rampant enthusiasm to this delightful version…Avenue Q is quite a fun place to visit!”
AVENUE Q garnered the “Triple Crown” (Best Book, Best Musical, Best Score) at the 2004 Tony Awards for its hilarious and heart-warming tale about real life in New York City as told by a cast of people and puppets. Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical telling the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton.
When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet entrepreneur), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends! Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
AVENUE Q features music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez.
Due to adult situations (like full-puppet nudity), AVENUE Q may be inappropriate for kids under age 13. AVENUE Q has not been authorized or approved by the Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content.
The Playhouse @ Westport Plaza is located at 635 Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights, Missouri and is a venue filling a niche for a variety of Broadway and Off-Broadway entertainment that would otherwise not find its way to the St. Louis area. Programming at the venue is offered at affordable ticket pricing so that anyone can have dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area as well as see a great show. For additional information on upcoming events and to download high resolution photos, please visit www.playhouseatwestport.com.
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Lynn Venhaus has had a continuous byline in St. Louis metro region publications since 1978. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, currently reviews films for Webster-Kirkwood Times and KTRS Radio, covers entertainment for PopLifeSTL.com and co-hosts podcast PopLifeSTL.com…Presents, and writes features and news for Belleville News-Democrat and contributes to other publications. She is a member of CCA, AWFJ and St. Louis Film Critics Association. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Theater Circle.