Puppets at SCC Will Sing: "The Internet is for Porn"

The world was a much simpler place when we were children. What’s that animal? What doesn’t
belong? Big bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster had the answer then, but what if they could help us
with our new, grown­up problems now?
“Avenue Q,” the next musical production coming to SCC, presents its story in the style of
popular children’s shows that rely on puppets. In addition to dealing with current issues, the
musical explores some risqué concepts by pushing the boundaries of what many consider
taboo.
It tells a coming of age story about a young protagonist, Princeton, who has just moved to New
York City to get a taste of the world after graduating from college.
Princeton begins his apartment search on Avenue A, one of the main drags in Alphabet City, a
neighborhood in Manhattan, but soon realizes that his only affordable option is several blocks
away on Avenue Q.
Some of the song titles include: “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today” or “It Sucks to Be Me,” the
latter of which is sung by Gary Coleman who, in this alternate universe, grew up to be an
apartment manager. “It’s a Sesame Street for adults only, not for kids,” said John Nold, “Definitely one of the crazier
shows SCC has done.” Nold, who is normally the SCC theatre manager, is heavily involved with the production, both as
set director and stage manager. According to him, the set used in “Avenue Q” will be the largest
set ever used for an SCC theatre production.
It’s a popular show, as evidenced by the 900 pre­sold tickets for SCC’s run. During its Broadway
run in 2003, the show was nominated for six Tonys and took home three for Best Musical, Best
Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.
The show will debut at SCC on Oct. 23. Though it may be
recommended to plan ahead and buy them online.

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