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Metropolis Performing Ars Centre has announced the cast and design team for its spring production of AVENUE Q with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx, and book by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Resident Director Lauren Rawitz, the production includes Emily Bailey (Christmas Eve), Emilie Rose Danno (Kate Monster), Jordan DeBose (Brian), Joe Farrell (Bad Idea Bear/Ricky/Ensemble), Colin Funk (Newcomer/Ensemble), Josh Kemper (Rod), Aaron Lockman (Nicky), Aziza Macklin (Gary Coleman), William Marquez (Trekkie Monster), Alex Newkirk (Princeton), Emma Rathe (Bad Idea Bear/Ensemble), and Michelle Tibble (Lucy/Mrs. T).
Pictured: (top l-r): Emily Bailey, Emilie Rose Danno, Jordan DeBose, Joe Farrell, Colin Funk, Josh Kemper. (bottom l-r): Aaron Lockman, Aziza Macklin, William Marquez, Alex Newkirk, Emma Rathe, and Michelle Tibble.
The production team includes Kailey Rockwell (Music Director), Kristine Burdi-Stickney (Choreographer), Michael Patrick (Sound Designer), Robert Pinta (Scenic Designer/Technical Director), Linda Scheufler & Neil Scheufler (Props Designers), Cathy Tantillo (Costume Designer), and Matt Winstead (Lighting Designer). Metropolis Executive/Artistic Director is Joe Keefe. Metropolis Production Manager is William A. Franz, Assistant Production Manager is Sara Elizabeth Buto.
From the press release: “What exactly does a recent college graduate do with a BA in English? Well, if that graduate also happens to be a puppet they move to Avenue Q, of course. There he’ll find others like him trying to make sense of their ‘purpose’ in life dealing with careers and relationships. Tony winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, this musical is stuffed with an up-beat and incredibly witty score. Avenue Q does not intersect with that other famous Street where puppets live, as this show is entertaining, touching, and hilarious, but definitely not one for the kids.”
AVENUE Q runs May 17th – June 30th. For more information visit MetropolisArts.com.