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Avenue Q [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Avenue Q [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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Avenue Q, the thoroughly entertaining and outrageous new hit musical, is the freshest breeze to blow down the Great White Way in too many seasons. Disguised as a wry, adult send-up of Sesame Street -- complete with furry, singing puppets and affirmative life lessons -- Avenue Q brings clear-eyed humor and warmth to the denizens who live on the


Avenue Q, the thoroughly entertaining and outrageous new hit musical, is the freshest breeze to blow down the Great White Way in too many seasons. Disguised as a wry, adult send-up of Sesame Street -- complete with furry, singing puppets and affirmative life lessons -- Avenue Q brings clear-eyed humor and warmth to the denizens who live on the street "when you can't afford to live anywhere else." Composers Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and librettist Jeff Whitty aim their subversively realistic parable directly at struggling twenty-somethings, a demographic traditionally overlooked on Broadway. Thorny themes such as racism, sexuality, relationships, the high cost of living, and finding one's purpose in life are handled with sensitivity, wit, and a delicious streak of vulgarity. A vibrantly talented cast of newcomers, led by the incredibly versatile John Tartaglia and Stephanie D'Abruzzo, shine on the hilarious showstoppers, "It Sucks to Be Me," "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," "If You Were Gay" and "The Internet is for Porn." Listen to this terrific original cast recording, produced by Jay David Saks, and it'll always be a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"Avenue Q has not been authorized or approved in any manner by the Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content," reads a disclaimer found, among other places, inside the CD booklet for the original Broadway cast album of Avenue Q. It's an important statement to keep in mind, because, in essence, the show, with songs by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who are also credited with the "original concept," asks what would happen if you crossed the children's television series Sesame Street with the gritty, urban Broadway musical Rent. Or, to put it more plainly, suppose all the puppets on Sesame Street had potty mouths? What if, for example, Bert and Ernie (or, as they are called here, Rod and Nicky [John Tartaglia and Rick Lyon]) were closeted gays ("If You Were Gay")? What if Cookie Monster (sorry, Trekkie Monster [Rick Lyon again]) craved not baked goods, but pornography ("The Internet Is for Porn")? And what if Miss Piggy's name was, instead, Lucy the Slut (Stephanie D'Abruzzo)? It's fair to say that the viewer and listener's reaction to Avenue Q will depend on a visceral response to the "original concept" of a hard R-rated version of Sesame Street. Is it a clever idea, or does it make you want to exclaim, as Kate Monster (Stephanie D'Abruzzo again) does during the show, "Ewww!" and "That's gross!"? The question is complicated by context. Like another heavily satirical show of the early 21st century, Urinetown, Avenue Q began off-Broadway (on March 19, 2003). But then it transferred to Broadway (on July 31, 2003). In an earlier day, such shows might have stayed off-Broadway, where audiences in search of edgy work would seek them out in small theaters in Greenwich Village. Instead, they now come uptown, where it's easy to mistake them for mainstream fare, especially when they win Tony Awards, as Avenue Q did for its score and book as well as an upset victory in the Best Musical category. After those accolades, the show's producers unexpectedly announced that Avenue Q would bypass a national tour in favor of a permanent production in Las Vegas, a decision that may have upset regional theaters, but probably saves many American children from inadvertently hearing a bunch of earnest, friendly looking, familiarly fuzzy puppets proclaim, "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist." Avenue Q is for adult audiences.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patience Higgins   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Brian Koonin   Banjo,Guitar
John Tartaglia   cast
Mark Hartman   Synthesizer
Stephanie D'Abruzzo   cast
Peter Linz   cast
Mary Ann McSweeney   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Rick Lyon   cast
Gary Adler   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Music
Jennifer Barnhart   cast
Natalie Venetia Belcon   cast
Michael Croiter   Percussion,Drums
Jodi Eichelberger   cast
Jordan Gelber   cast
Ann Harada   cast

Technical Credits

Tom Lazarus   Engineer
Jason Moore   Director
Jay David Saks   Producer
Bill Rosenfield   Executive Producer
Robyn Goodman   Contributor
Rick Lyon   Illustrations,Title Art
Gary Adler   Music Direction
Mary K. Witte   Company Manager
Christine M. Daly   Stage Manager
Jeff Whitty   Book
Cindy Tolan   Casting
Evan Ensign   Production Stage Manager
Kevin McCollum   Contributor
Stephen Oremus   Arranger,Orchestration
Mirena Rada   Costume Design
Sam Rudy   Contributor
Jeffrey Seller   Contributor
Ken Roberson   Choreographer
Robert Lopez   Composer,Original Concept
Jeff Marx   Composer,Original Concept

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Avenue Q [Original Broadway Cast Recording] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who's seen this musical can't wait to get their hands on this CD, I'm sure. Anyone who hasn't seen it needs to go right away!! This is a wonderful compilation of the satires of life. Everyone can relate in one way or another. And of course the cast couldn't be better - John Tartaglia steals the show!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Avenue Q is the best musical in my collection! No wonder it won BEST MUSICAL!! It is my favorite. Now I haven't seen it yet on Broadway, but it would probably be my favorite one!! This CD rocks! Buy this NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw Avenue Q on the 2004 Tony awards. Immediately that sucks to be me song was remembered throughout the year. I rememeber how catchy the song was and eventually had to buy the CD. Now with the CD in my room, I listen to it all of the time. And even put it on my MP3 player. I reccomend this to teens because there is foul language and some sexual dialogue but besides that, the songs will be stuck in your head, and you won't sleep till midnight. That's a good thing. Go and by this right away, and you won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved it i dont know what to say. it was soo good and i lissen to it all the time. my friends get mad at me because i sing to it all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Broadway fan, and I have over 100 cast recordings. I saw this on Broadway, and loved it! So, I bought the cast recording, and it just rocks! It's the funniest musical ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this may be the worst music I have ever listened to. The lyrics are completely hideous and stupid. The melodys and harmonics in the music are so bad! I am so surprised this won the tony for the best musical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the number "It sucks to Be Me" on the Tony's. Loved the soundtrack. Deals with things that are maybe only included in tradgedies. Love the way that it deals with real issues and has humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a 14 year old who's the "innocent" one in her group of friends, I think that this show is postitively amazing. Yes, there are some lyrics that make you cringe, songs that you'd rather not have blared over your enire house, but the writing is so witty, so sharp that you have to appreciate it just for that (personally, i found the lyrics in wicked a bit lacking for sharpness and found this CD much more enjoyable) It provides a realistic look at life; the eternal optimism that we often assosiate with musicals is gone, left with a hopeful bunch of puppets who (surprisingly) are amazingly relatible. Who hasn't gone through the "I think he likes me..... but does he like me like me like I like him??" we hear in Mix Tape...... or had days when it just sucks to be you? Listen to it... if you're anything like me (and the about 10 others i have managed to infect with it) you'll love it. Also, it seems a bit Sondheim-esque.... a revolutionary, more adult kind of musical. Think of it as the 21st century's answer to Into The Woods- its taken a medium that kids relate to (puppets) but created something that an adult can enjoy.
juantabio More than 1 year ago
It's the kind of show tou see once, and that's enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album and musical is the first one since "Rent" to truely speak to today's generation. If you have a problem with the themes or lyrics go back to the 50's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh of the best I've heard (broadway wise) my presonaly favorite would be "It Sucks to be Me". But I wouldn't of even hard of it if it weren't for one of my good friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is by far the best I have listened to. The songs, especially "If You Were Gay", "It Sucks To Be Me", and "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist" were so funny, I actually fell off my chair laughing. But It also has these beautiful love songs, such as "There's A Fine, Fine Line" and "The More You Ruv Someone". In short, Princeton, Kate, Gary, Nicky, Rod, Trekkie Monster...YOU GUYS ROCK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After living based on an obsession with RENT, Avenue Q is a great way to come up for air and laugh. Rent is the best musical on broadway, but Avenue Q is definitely teh funniest!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing one of the numbers from this show on the Tony Awards presentation, I was intrigued and had to hear more. Then I got the CD and haven't stopped movin' to the music. This is the most infectious music in years. Clever, funny, naughty. I wish I could fly to NY to see this show tonight
Guest More than 1 year ago
A funny and enternaing musical and Soudtrack. My favorite song is A fine fine line and Pupose. It is a great and tottaly different musical
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephanie D'Abruzzo and Rick Lyon are great, but John Tartaglia lit up the stage! He had to voice, and portray two puppets at once, and he is a very talented man! I have a passion to be on Broadway someday, and with comedic performances like this, it makes my dream one step closer to reality!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, so, it has two good songs. "Fine, Fine Line" which I LOVE! "It Sucks to be Me" is very cathcy, but, other than that... It's awful. This show beat WICKED?! I do not see how. I understand, it's different, but, different enough to earn the hearts of Broadway critics who mostly HATED WICKED? Wicked is great. Yea, Cats is bad. But, it's better than this show, which has no mind blowing music. At least Cats is professionally written. (Sorry Webber, I LOVE your music, but why CATS?)... Overall, I think that Avenue Q is the WORST show on Broadway to ever win Best Musical or Best Score... HATE THIS SHOW! CURSES!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album, being a lover (and avid purchaser) of Musical Theater Cast Albums, not knowing what to expect. All I knew is that the track listing was hilarious and it had won this year's Tony for Best Musical. Including tracks such as "If you were gay" and "Everyone's a little bit racist", this album with it's risky, yet hilarious lyrics, phenomenal ensemble work, and amazing characterization, and Gary Coleman? shines!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So bad in the best way. Absolutely hilarious!
JameibNYC More than 1 year ago
Having seen "Avenue Q" four times, I decided to get the CD and really listen to the songs more closely; very good show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This show is great. I couldn't stop laughing from the first time I heard it. I am constantly singing along. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We saw Avenue Q in preview on Broadway and this CD captures all of the fun (and message) of the production. Definitely not for kids, the CD captures all of the puppet/human madness and life lessons the Broadway Play captures so well. Great Fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago