Photo Coverage: Bobby Lopez, Jeff Whitty & More Gather for AVENUE Q's 10th Anniversary!

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The Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, currently playing off-Broadway at New World Stages, celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday, July 31. Prior to curtain, Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver presented a proclamation from the City of New York to the musical's cast, creators and producers declaring July 31 as AVENUE Q DAY. Plenty of past cast members were there to celebrate, along with the musical's creators- Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty. BroadwayWorld was there for the special occasion and you can check out photos from the star-studded arrivals below!

The Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, and is directed by Jason Moore. Avenue Q is based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, with puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon. Now in its 10th year in New York, Avenue Q is playing at New World Stages (340 W. 50 St.) For performance and ticket information, visit www.avenueq.com.

AVENUE Q opened on July 31, 2003 at the John Golden Theatre; won three 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical; and gave 2556 performances (including 22 previews) prior to its move in October 2009 to New World Stages. Variety says, "Of all the musicals hatched in the post-2000 age of irony, this cheeky satire has remained the freshest and funniest." Entertainment Weekly called Avenue Q "Jaw droppingly hilarious," and The New York Times said the show is "inspired, with a pitch-perfect ensemble." NY1 News calls it "The funniest show in town."

AVENUE Q is the hilarious and internationally-acclaimed musical about a group of 20-somethings -- people and puppets alike -- who move to New York with big dreams and tiny bank accounts. Together they live as neighbors on a street in New York as they try to discover their purpose in life. The musical's characters include Princeton, Kate Monster, Trekkie Monster, Lucy, Nicky, Rod, Gary Coleman, Brian and Christmas Eve. The score includes such popular hits as "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," "If You Were Gay," "The More You Ruv Someone" and "Schadenfreude."

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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