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PREVIEW: Puppets Gone Wild! But love story is real in APT’s ‘Avenue Q’

by Becca Martin-Brown | September 3, 2021 at 12:44 p.m.

Whether Princeton and Kate Monster find their happy ending on “Avenue Q” is in the hands of the puppet gods — and the wacky minds who conceived a musical tale definitely not set on the street where the big yellow bird lives.

But there’s a real love story behind the scenes in the Arkansas Public Theatre production opening Sept. 10, and insiders who know about it might just enjoy the play on a whole different level.

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“Avenue Q” opened on Broadway in 2003, and in 2004 beat out “Wicked” to win the Tony Awards for Best Musical, Book and Score — one of the biggest upsets in Broadway history, says APT artistic director Ed McClure. Its puppets — all pretty normal-looking “people” except Trekkie Monster — don’t just sing about their ABCs and how to be a good friend; their topics (and song titles) are more … adult … and risque … and probably more realistic: “What do you do with a BA in English?” “It sucks to be me.” “Everyone’s a little bit racist.” And of course, the classic “The internet is for porn.”

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