Avenue Q now booking to 28 July 2007

Avenue Q now booking to 28 July 2007

Avenue Q, has announced a new 6 month booking period at the Noël Coward Theatre - tickets now on sale to 28 July 2007.

Also, from 20 Nov 2006, Naoko Mori will take the role of Christmas Eve. (Replacing original Broadway cast member Ann Harada)

A successful TV presenter in her native Japan, Naoko Mori is perhaps best known to British audiences as Saffy’s best friend Sarah (AKA Titicaca) in Absolutely Fabulous. She was also the first Japanese national to play a lead role in the West End when she played Kim in Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She has made numerous appearances on British TV including parts in Dr Who, Thieftakers, Bugs, Psychos and Spooks and is set to become a household name when she stars in the new series Torchwood in the role of Toshiko Satoin.

Avenue Q opened at the Noël Coward Theatre 28 June 2006, following previews from 1 June, to excellent notices from the popular press: MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "it had delighted me sufficiently." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Enjoyable production." DOMINIC CAVENDISH for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Light-weight affair." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "There’s something almost refreshing in several of the jaunty-sounding songs." NICK CURTIS for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Very well executed and sporadically hilarious " BRIAN LOGAN for TIME OUT says, "Very easy to enjoy."

Avenue Q currently features Jon Robyns (Princeton and Rod), Ann Harada (Christmas Eve, from 20 Nov 2006 Naoko Mori takes over role), Simon Lipkin (Nicky and Trekkie Monster), Julie Atherton (Kate Monster and Lucy The Slut), Clare Foster (Mrs T.) , Sion Lloyd (Brian), Giles Terera (Gary Coleman), Luke Evans, Matthew J Henry, Gloria Onitiri, Gabriel Vick and Yanle Zhong.

It has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Book by Jeff Whitty. Directed by Jason Moore , designed by Anna Louizos, lighting by Howell Binkley, choreography by Ken Roberson, costumes by Mirena Rada.

Puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon.

Avenue Q started its life in 2002 with an off-Broadway run at the 200 seat Vineyard Theatre, where it was extended four times. It then opened at the Golden Theatre on Broadway in July 2003.

Avenue Q is not the most upmarket of New York streets, and is about as far away from Park Avenue as you can get, but it is home to some lively and off the wall characters performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets! Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate, has just moved to this neighbourhood as he desperately tries to follow his dreams and discover his ever-elusive purpose in life. A tiny bank balance, the distraction of a busty blonde and a variety of weird and wonderful friends and neighbours lead Princeton on a hilarious story of self-discovery. Life may suck on AVENUE Q but being jobless, homeless, politically incorrect, having sex (whether hetero, homo or porno… and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in then songs of this show.

It is produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre, The New Group and Cameron Mackintosh

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