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Avenue Q, Tony Winner for Best Musical, Makes Penn State Debut October 6 and 7

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The people-and-puppets musical comedy Avenue Q—winner of three Tony Awards for best musical, score and book—makes its Centre County debut in two performances Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 6 and 7, at Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium.

Section one and two tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $55 and $49 for an adult, $40 and $34 for a University Park student and $50 and $44 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Tickets Downtown (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

A hilarious show full of heart and hummable tunes, Avenue Q has been called “one of the funniest shows you’re ever likely to see” by Entertainment Weekly. The musical comedy features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risqué and entertaining way. The New Yorker calls it “subversive and uproarious.”

Avenue Q’s protagonist is Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who moves to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The only apartment he can afford is way out on Avenue Q, where everyone's looking for the same things he is—a decent job, a stable relationship and a purpose in life. Eventually, Princeton learns to embrace the ups and downs of city life and realizes the real world isn’t so bad.

Avenue Q, with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, pays homage to children’s television. The show imparts life lessons for adults about things such as paying bills, getting a job and finding love.

Visit to hear a Center for the Performing Arts interview with Jeff Whitty, who won a Tony for best book of a musical for his work on Avenue Q. The interview features an excerpt of “The Internet is for Porn,” one of the songs from the show.

Avenue Q includes mature themes and language. The show has not been authorized or approved in any manner by The Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content.

Kish Bank sponsors the presentation. FOX 8, ABC 23 and 95.3 3WZ are the media sponsors. AT&T underwrites touring Broadway presentations. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring visiting artists, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before each performance and is free for ticket holders. Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for the Oct. 7 performance at no extra charge to ticket holders.


Contact: Laura Sullivan, 814.863.6379