THE AVENUE Q CREATIVE TEAM
ROBERT LOPEZ (Music and Lyrics, Original Concept, Animation Design) 2004 Tony Award for Best Score for Avenue Q, which has been produced in New York, Vegas, London, Stockholm and Helsinki and on tour! His musical version of Finding Nemo, co-written with wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, is currently playing in Walt Disneyworld. In 2007, he co-wrote songs for a musical episode of NBC’s “Scrubs.” He and his brother Billy Lopez have written music for Nick Jr’s “The Wonder Pets!” and Disney’s “Johnny and the Sprites.” Yale graduate, 1997 (B.A. in English!).
JEFF MARX (Music and Lyrics, Original Concept) wants to thank the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, which completely changed his life. He joined the free class as a young lawyer, looking for clients, and ended up leaving law and becoming a songwriter. He met Bobby there, and they brought almost every song they ever wrote together into the workshop for feedback and critique. He’s forever in debt to the BMI teachers and classmates and everyone involved with Avenue Q who has helped turn this fun, dirty little musical romp into such an amazing group achievement. Thank you!
JEFF WHITTY (Book) won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Avenue Q. Plays include The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, The Hiding Place, The Plank Project, Suicide Weather, and Balls. Theaters presenting his work include the Atlantic Theater Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Upcoming: Tales of the City: The Musical with music by Jake Shears and John Garden of the pop group Scissor Sisters, as well as Bring It On: The Musical with music by Tom Kitt, Amanda Green, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. As an actor, Jeff has appeared Off-Broadway, regionally, and in films and TV. www.jeffwhitty.com
JASON MOORE (Director) Broadway: Shrek the Musical, Avenue Q, Steel Magnolias. Carnegie Hall: Jerry Springer: The Opera. Off-Broadway: Speech and Debate, Avenue Q, Guardians, The Crumple Zone. Associate directing: Les Misérables (Broadway, national tour), Ragtime (Vancouver). Writer: The Floatplane Notebooks. TV directing: episodes of “Dawson’s Creek,” “Everwood,” “One Tree Hill” and “Brothers and Sisters.” Jason has a B.S. in performance studies from Northwestern University.
KEN ROBERSON (Choreography) NYC credits: All Shook Up, Purlie (Encores!), Harlem Song (Apollo), Freak, Jar the Floor, Stupid Kids, The Mineola Twins and Blade to the Heat. Regional credits: Purlie, Once on This Island, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Smokey Joe’s Café, Guys and Dolls. Film work includes Preaching to the Choir, HBO’s “Lackawanna Blues,” Brother to Brother. Awards include two NAACP Awards, Emmy Award nom., Lucille Lortel Award nom., Drama Desk Award nom., NYC Council of the Arts Award and AUDELCO Award.
STEPHEN OREMUS (Music Supervisor) Music Supervisor/Arranger: Wicked, Avenue Q (also orchestrator) and All Shook Up (also co-orchestrator). Vocal Arranger: High Fidelity. Off-Broadway: Music Supervisor/ Vocal Arranger/Orchestrator: tick, tick…BOOM!; Music Director: Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. Other credits: Music Director: Rent (national tour); Music Director: Rufus Wainwright’s recreation of Judy Garland’s 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall; and Music Director/Conductor: Jerry Springer: The Opera. Graduate, Berklee College of Music in Boston.
RICK LYON (Puppet Conceiver & Designer) is Avenue Q’s real triple threat: he designed all of the puppets, he and his company The Lyon Puppets built all of the puppets, and Rick created the roles of Nicky/Trekkie/Blue Bear in the original Tony-winning Broadway production! A puppeteer and designer with more than 25 years of professional experience in television, film, and theatre, Rick is proud to have supplied the puppets for the productions of Avenue Q on Broadway, in London, Las Vegas, and the First American National Tour, as well as Australia, Brazil, and Mexico – well over 200 puppets so far! Rick gratefully acknowledges the inspiration and encouragement of the late Jim Henson. Husband to Tonya Dixon, and first-time father to beautiful daughter Kennedy! Web site: www.lyonpuppets.com.
ANNA LOUIZOS (Set Design) has received Tony nominations for designs of In the Heights (2008), and High Fidelity (2007). Other Broadway: Baby It's You; Curtains; Irving Berlin's White Christmas; All About Me; To Be Or Not To Be; Steel Magnolias; Golda's Balcony. Off-Broadway/Regional: Disney's Aladdin (5th Ave, Seattle); In Transit (59E59); Sons of the Prophet; Crimes of the Heart; The Foreigner, Speech and Debate (Roundabout); Based on a Totally True Story, (MTC); Birdie Blue, Vanities (2ST); Altar Boyz; tick, tick..BOOM! Art Direction: "Sex and the City" (HBO)
MIRENA RADA (Costume Designer) Broadway: Avenue Q. Others: Big Apple Circus’ Picturesque, Dreams of a City, Carnevale, Big-Top-Doo-Wop; Collected Stories with Uta Hagen; Pera Palas; Ballet Tech’s Lincoln Portrait; Roundabout’s Moonlight; Disneyland’s Block Party Bash Parade; 2004 Irene Sharaff Young Master in Costume Design Award. She thanks her role model Tony Walton, plus her husband Anton and son Atom, who remind her daily about what’s important in life.
HOWELL BINKLEY (Lighting Designer) Broadway works include Xanadu, LoveMusik, Jersey Boys, Bridge & Tunnel, Steel Magnolias, Golda’s Balcony, Hollywood Arms, Sacrilege, Taking Sides and Grease. Off-Broadway: Landscape of the Body, Sinatra at Radio City, Bat Boy: The Musical and Radiant Baby. The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration. Parsons Dance (co-founder), Alvin Ailey, ABT, The Joffrey Ballet (Billboards). Five-time Helen Hayes Award recipient; 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier Award and Canadian Dora for …Spider Woman; 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, 2006 Outer Critics Circle Award and 2006 Tony Award for Jersey Boys.
ACME SOUND PARTNERS (Sound Design) Broadway: Legally Blonde, High Fidelity, A Chorus Line (2006), The Drowsy Chaperone, The Light in the Piazza, Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dracula the Musical, Avenue Q, Gypsy, La Bohème (Drama Desk Award), Flower Drum Song, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, Bells Are Ringing, A Class Act, Jane Eyre, The Full Monty. National: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. The partners are Tom Clark, Mark Menard and Nevin Steinberg.
RICK BERTONE (Music Director) has worked on and off Q since 2009! Broadway/First National Tour: If/Then, Porgy and Bess, Next to Normal, Chicago, Spamalot, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!, Disney’s On the Record. Muny MD highlights: Tarzan, Shrek. Other favorites: The Last Five Years, The Midtown Men. Rick is from the Chicago suburbs and graduated from NYU. Many thanks to family and friends!
CHRISTINE M. DALY (Production Stage Manager) is proud to have been a part of Avenue Q since its inception at the Vineyard Theatre. Previous credits include The King and I national tour. NYC: Eli’s Comin’, Unwrap Your Candy, Brutal Imagination, Swimming With Watermelons, The Fourth Sister (Vineyard); Music From a Sparkling Planet, The Dark Kalamazoo (Drama Dept.); Fangs (MTG). Much love and thanks to my family and to everyone at the Vineyard.
JOHN BANTAY (Stage Manager). Broadway: Lombardi, Passing Strange, Pal Joey, The Ritz. City Center Encores!: ...Superman!; Fiorello! and Finian’s Rainbow. Show Supervisor: Chippendales (US/Europe), Antigravity, West Side Story (Europe). As performer: Broadway revivals of The Ritz; Hello, Dolly!; The King and I; and the Off-Broadway revival of Pacific Overtures. Producer: Musical Mondays (Splash) 2002–2013.
CINDY TOLAN (Casting) Broadway: Avenue Q, A Year With Frog and Toad, Medea (additional casting). Off-Broadway: Belle Epoque, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Necessary Targets, Vienna: Lusthaus, Tartuffe, Tongue of a Bird, Williamstown Theatre Festival 2003 and 2004. Film: The Namesake, Kinsey, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Diggers, Duane Hopwood, Loggerheads (also co-producer), King of the Corner, Casa de los Babys, Personal Velocity, Angela. TV: “Wonderfalls” (NY casting). Member: CSA.
TRAVIS WALKER (Technical Supervisor) has production managed for Classic Stage Company, Transport Group, The Cell Theater Co., New York Television Festival, Splinter Group. Other credits at New World Stages include Die Mommie Die, Make Me a Song, Mr. Broadway and the New York Television Festival. Travis serves as an adjunct faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College and is a partner at Autonomous Production Services.
DAVENPORT THEATRICAL ENTERPRISES (General Management) is an independent theatrical production, development and consulting company based in New York City founded in 2002 by Ken Davenport. Producing credits include the Broadway productions of Oleanna, Blithe Spirit, 13, Speed-the-Plow, and Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America; as well as the Off- Broadway productions of Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom and My First Time. DTE also operates the theatrical social networking website DidHeLikeIt.com. DavenportTheatrical.com
KEVIN McCOLLUM (Producer) Broadway: In the Heights, West Side Story, Ragtime. He received Tony Awards for Best Musical for In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2004) and Rent (1996), which was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and is now a major motion picture. He also produced The Drowsy Chaperone, (five 2006 Tony Awards); Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème (2002), which won two Tony Awards; High Fidelity (2006); [title of show] (2008); the debut stage production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; and the Off-Broadway hits De La Guarda and [title of show].
ROBYN GOODMAN (Producer) Robyn Goodman was the co-founder of the award-winning Second Stage Theatre and served as Artistic Director for 13 seasons. After leaving, she was Supervising Producer of ABC's "One Life to Live" (six Emmy Awards) and Director of Artistic Development at Manhattan Theatre Club. Since forming her own company, Aged in Wood, her Broadway credits include A Class Act (Tony nominee for Best Musical), Metamorphoses, (Drama Desk Award for Best Play), Steel Magnolias and Avenue Q - the 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. Off-Broadway she produced Our Lady of 121st Street as well as Bat Boy: The Musical, Jonathan Larson's tick, tick.BOOM! and Altar Boyz - all 3 winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. She is also the Artistic Consultant at Counts Media and Roundabout Theatre Company.
JEFFREY SELLER (Producer) Jeffrey Seller is the winner of three Tony Awards for Best Musical: Rent (1996), which also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Avenue Q (2004); and In the Heights (2008). Jeffrey has also produced and/or developed: De La Guarda (1998), Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (2000), Baz Luhrmann's production of Puccini's La Boheme (2002), and High Fidelity (2006). Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
VINEYARD THEATRE (Producer) is the only theatre company to have premiered two Pulitzer Prize dramas in the last decade: Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive and Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. Notable premieres include [title of show], Nicky Silver’s Pterodactyls, Craig Lucas’ The Dying Gaul, Becky Mode’s Fully Committed and Eli’s Comin’. The Vineyard received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work and special Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Sustained Excellence. Visit www.vineyardtheatre.org.
THE NEW GROUP (Producer) Under the guidance of founding artistic director Scott Elliott and executive director Geoff Rich, TNG has garnered five Obies and two Lortels, as well as 17 Drama Desk noms. U.S. and world premieres include Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy, Goose-Pimples and Smelling a Rat; Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth; Stephen Bill’s Curtains; Betty Shamieh’s Roar; Michael Murphy’s Sin (A Cardinal Deposed); Barry Levey’s Critical Darling; the Presnyakov Brothers’ Terrorism; and revivals of Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw, Trevor Griffith’s Comedians, Wallace Shawn’s Aunt Dan and Lemon and David Rabe’s Hurlyburly.