Avenue Q: Catch a Bit of Broadway in Durango

The cast of Avenue Q. Photo by: Carol Rosegg
The cast of Avenue Q. Photo by: Carol Rosegg

If you haven’t seen it yet, now’s your chance. The Tony award-winning musical Avenue Q  opens at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, this weekend and will be showing through April 13.

Avenue Q is a two-act musical that uses puppets alongside human actors in a sarcastic, satirical, saucy coming-of-age story about a recent college graduate. The musical tackles the issues and anxieties that accompany entering adulthood, but it does so in a way that is reminiscent of children’s show — basically Sesame Street for grown-ups. The long-running Broadway show has won Tonys for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Although there are plenty of puppets in Avenue Q, with songs like “Everybody’s a Little Bit Racist” and “It Sucks to Be Me,” the show isn’t, er, really appropriate for young children. It’s great for adults — and older teens — but save your money on a kid’s ticket and put it toward getting a sitter. As the Avenue Q website says:

Avenue Q is great for teenagers because it’s about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children … 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. But we promise you this — if you DO bring your teenagers to Avenue Q, they’ll think you’re really cool.

The eight performances of Avenue Q will wrap up with a matinee on Sunday, April 13. Get your tickets online — and while you’re at it, be sure to book your room at the Durango Quality Inn to make a night of it.

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