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 theSee more details below

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Rca Victor Broadway
UPC:
0828765592321
catalogNumber:
55923
Rank:
5171

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Tracks

  1. The Avenue Q Theme
  2. What Do You Do With a B.A. in English?/It Sucks to Be Me  - Ann Harada
  3. If You Were Gay
  4. Purpose
  5. Everyone's a Little Bit Racist  - Ann Harada
  6. The Internet Is for Porn  - Rick Lyon
  7. Mix Tape  - Stephanie D'Abruzzo
  8. I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today  - Ann Harada
  9. Special  - Stephanie D'Abruzzo
  10. You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love)  - Ann Harada
  11. Fantasies Come True  - Rick Lyon
  12. My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Canada
  13. There's a Fine, Fine Line  - Stephanie D'Abruzzo
  14. There Is Life Outside Your Apartment  - Jordan Gelber
  15. The More You Ruv Someone  - Ann Harada
  16. Schadenfreude  - Natalie Venetia Belcon
  17. I Wish I Could Go Back to College  - Rick Lyon
  18. The Money Song  - Jordan Gelber
  19. School for Monsters/The Money Song (Reprise)
  20. There's a Fine, Fine Line (Reprise)/What Do You Do With a B.A. in ...  - Ann Harada
  21. For Now  - Ann Harada

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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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