Puppet Regime

Toys really are us in the new musical Avenue Q

What if the denizens of Sesame Street grew up into profane, broke, self-doubting college grads who kept some of their innocence but developed potty mouths? That's the premise of Avenue Q, the hip new musical comedy starring puppets (yep, that's puppets and hip in the same sentence) that opened last week on Broadway.

The brainchild of songwriters Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Avenue Q is the kind of place where the word of the day is schadenfreude and five nightstands rearrange themselves into a "one-night stand." Instead of spelling bees and ABCs, the characters, including Princeton, an earnest, clean-cut college grad,...

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