Avenue Q Closing in West End (for now)


It was recently-officially announced that the West End , London, production of Avenue Q is closing on October 30 at Wyndham’s Theatre after a four and half years.

The show opened in June 2006 at the Noel Coward Theatre before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre in June 2009 and made a final move to the Wyndham’s Theatre in March 2010.

“We’ve had a great time, it’s been a real ball, but I think we’ve all grown up and got our sights set on living in a more up-market part of town. And Trekkie Monster wants to be somewhere with a better broadband connection,” says a humorous statement from the producers attributed to puppet character Kate Monster.

The current London cast includes Paul Spicer as Princeton/Rod, Cassidy Johnson as Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut, Sion Lloyd as Brian, Tom Parsons as Nicky/Trekkie Monster, Jacqueline Tate as Christmas Eve and Delroy Atkins as Gary.

Avenue Q debuted in March 2003 at off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre before transferring to the Golden Theatre for a six year Broadway run where it won three Tony Awards including Best Musical. When the Broadway run ended, the show returned off-Broadway to New World Stages in October 2009 where it continues to run.

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West End Live 2010


2010 marks the 6th Anniversary of West End LIVE Westminster City Council’s annual entertainment festival held in  Leicester Square

Free for all the family West End Live offers visitors a spectacular event including showcase performances from top West End shows and musical acts and experience a wonderful array of interactive exhibits from many of London’s top museums, galleries and cultural institutions.

For those of you who werent able to attend or for those who want to see it again here is an excellent video coverage of the performances via elizabethtoni

Wicked

The Lion King

Legally Blonde

Into the Woods

Avenue Q

Sister Act

Mamma Mia

Grease

Sweet Charity

Jersey Boys

Hair

Chicago

Billy Elliot

We Will Rock You

Burn The Floor

Dirty Dancing

Wicked became 20th Longest Running Show in Broadway History


Last week the Broadway smashing-hit WICKED has surpassed Avenue Q in the list of  longest-running shows in Broadway history coming into the 20th place.

Winner of 26 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

via BBW

West End Top 10 Musicals – 9th November 2009


According to Musicalverse these are the Top10 Musicals for this week.

See full post here

This Week West End’s Understudies


At Wicked, Ashleigh Gray will be on as Elphaba tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday matinee

At Sister Act this week, Katie Rowley Jones is away

At Les Miserables tonight through Wednesday, Jeff Nicholson (@Jeffjeffdejeff) will be on as Javert

Today and tomorrow at Jersey Boys, Scott Monello will be on as Frankie Valli

At Avenue Q, Daniel Boys is still away this week, meaning Princeton/Rod will be covered (mostly) by Simon Gorton

via West  End Understudies

Avenue Q Off-Broadway Production is Casting


The producers of the Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q, that will start previews on October 9th, announced the casting for the Off-Broadway (340 West 50 Street, New York) production along with the official opening night, now scheduled for October 21, 2009. A Rush Ticket policy for all performances is also announced.

The cast for AVENUE Q at New World Stages will be comprised of “Q alumni” representing the musical’s Broadway, Las Vegas and 1st National Tour companies:Anika Larsen (from the final Broadway cast and previously from the National Tour) as Kate Monster/Lucy; Seth Rettberg (Broadway and National Tour) as Princeton/Rod; CULLEN TITMUS (National Tour) as Nicky/Trekkie Monster;Danielle K. Thomas (final Broadway cast and National Tour) as Gary Coleman; Sala Iwamatsu(Broadway) as Christmas Eve; Nicholas Kohn (final Broadway company and Las Vegas) as Brian; and Maggie Lakis (National Tour) as Mrs. T/Bad Idea Bear.

via (Broadway World)