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Friday, May 16, 2014

Tony Winner ‘Avenue Q’ closes season at 4th Wall Theater in Bloomfield

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4TH WALL THEATRE closes its 17th season with the musical comedy Avenue Q. Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, and Best Book by Jeff Whitty, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. This hilarious modern musical focuses on a group of unique 20-something’s making their way in the big city.

The production features Michael Campbell of Jersey City, Tara Haight of Little Falls, Gonzalo Valencia, Danny Egan and Kate Hoover of Bloomfield, Tom Schopper of Bloomingdale, Lynette Sheard of West Orange, Jacob Haury of Paramus, and Madeline Fansler, Johnny Vento and Asami Tsuzuki of New York.

Avenue Q tells the story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Audience members will note the show’s similarity to a beloved children’s show, however, on Avenue Q, the character’s lives are full of grown-up obsessions and problems, uncertain outcomes, and extreme irony; the search for purpose is a difficult one.

4th Wall Artistic Director, Kate Swan, helms this production and she is joined by Markus Hauck as Musical Director. The two have teamed on numerous 4th Wall productions. Kathi Iannacone, formerly of West Orange, and Gwen Ricks-Spencer, formerly of Montclair are the Production Managers, and Liana Romano of Hawthorne serves as the Stage Manager.

Of the show, Swan says “4th Wall is so excited to bring this crazy show to our audiences! In the same way that Sesame Street addresses the challenges of childhood with care and humor, Avenue Q does the same thing for adulthood. It is silly and sweet to watch puppet characters talk about how tough it is to be a college graduate with no idea how to move forward in the world. There is a cheeky, irreverent naughtiness to watching puppets on a first date, innocent-looking puppets who love very adult things. I think the show will leave the audience in stitches, as long as they know what they are getting themselves into beforehand, as the show does contain a good amount of blue language and subject matter.”

NOTE: Adults love Avenue Q, it may not be appropriate for young children because the show addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. It's hard to say

what exact age is right to see Avenue Q, - parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children.

Avenue Q will play at the Westminster Center for the Arts on the campus of Bloomfield College in Bloomfield and runs June 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 8, 15 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are only $25, and discount tickets are available for students and seniors. Tickets may be reserved by calling 973-566-9255. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. Tickets may also be purchased online and additional information is available at

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