CLEMSON — “Avenue Q,” the smash-hit Broadway musical about “real” life in New York City as told by a cast of puppets and people, will take center stage for two nights Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24 and 25, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University. Performances begin at 8.

Intended for adult audiences, “Avenue Q” tells the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who moves to New York with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The only apartment he can afford is a shabby outer-borough place on Avenue Q, a neighborhood filled with other would-be success stories.

Created by the award-winning team of Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty, “Avenue Q” features such tunes as “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English,” “It Sucks to Be Me,” “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet is for Porn” and “I Wish I Could Go Back to College.”

“Avenue Q” is the winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Book for a Musical and Best Original Score. The show was nominated for the 2003 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Musical, Outstanding Leading Actress and Outstanding Book for a Musical. “Avenue Q” also was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award for Outstanding Broadway Soundtrack.

Tickets for “Avenue Q” are $35 for adults and $25 for students. Tickets and information are available at or by calling the box office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 


Editors/news directors: The crew of Avenue Q will be in residence at the Brooks Center starting Monday, Sept. 14, through Saturday, Sept. 26, running a series of technical rehearsals before launching the nationwide tour. Students majoring in performing arts will work side-by-side with leading theater technicians, including set and costume designers, lighting and sound professionals, directors and choreographers. This unique collaboration between Clemson's performing arts department and Work Light Productions (the tour producer) offers the chance for students to learn from professionals. Several Clemson alumni work for Work Light Productions. For more information about this partnership, contact Rick Goodstein at 864-656-3043. 

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