DVR Alert: AVENUE Q to Be Featured on Lifetime's 'Celebrity Bucket List' on 1/25

The Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q will be featured on the Lifetime TV series "Celebrity Bucket List" on Saturday, Jan. 25th (check local listings for broadcast times across the U.S.) in a half-hour segment with best-selling author Jodi Picoult ("My Sister's Keeper"), who realizes her lifelong dream of appearing in a show on stage. In the segment, she (expertly) performs various walk-on roles as Q characters Nicky and Mrs. T.

Taped during a recent performance of AVENUE Q at New World Stages (340 W. 50 St. in NYC), this episode of "Celebrity Bucket List" is the latest in the series that offers celebrities the opportunity to experience doing something they've always longed to do. In the case of Ms. Picoult - the NY Times best-selling author with 14 million copies in print - she had always fancied appearing in a show on a NY stage.

A perenially popular novelist, Ms. Picoult's numerous books incude LONE WOLF, SING YOU HOME, PLAIN TRUTH, SALEM FALLS, MY SISTER'S KEEPER and SONGS OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE.

AVENUE Q is the internationally-acclaimed hit about a group of 20-somethings - both people and puppets alike - who live together as neighbors on a rundown street in NYC, where they learn adult life lessons about love, romance, sex, employment, unemployment and internet pornography.

Now in its 11year in New York, AVENUE Q remains one of the freshest and funniest --- and most relevant! -- shows in town. In the past 10 years the AVENUE Q cast and puppets have been featured 3 times on GOOD MORNING AMERICA (including a mock Presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry puppets live on-air), LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY (including the debut of Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa and Michael Gelman puppets), LATE SHOW WITH Jimmy Fallon, THE VIEW, JEOPARDY!, HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, $10,000 PYRAMID, ABC 20/20, numerous appearances on the Tony Awards telecast as performers and presenters, QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY, MTV, VHI, in promotional "Get Caught Reading" campaigns, FOX BUSINESS NEWS, on CBS SUNDAY MORNING, NEW YORK 1 NEWS, promotional spots for WCBS-TV 2, as color commentators for CBS-TV's national coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, CNN, etc.

Republican puppet Rod was featured in a full-length Q&A with Paul Rudnick in The New York Times coverage of the 2004 Republican National Convention in NY. AVENUE Q dealt with the death in real-life of the former child star Gary Coleman (he continues to be depicted as a character in the musical),

Most recently, AVENUE Q partnered with Logo TV in a year-long series of public service announcements promoting safe sex and HIV prevention. In July 2011, Q puppets Rod and Ricky made international headlines -- and breaking news on NY 1 News -- when they were among the first couples to be married outside City Hall with the passage of the same-sex marriage laws in New York State. AVENUE Q puppets appeared at the opening of the Gay Games in Chicago.

AVENUE Q has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, and is directed by Jason Moore. Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, with puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon, AVENUE Q has musical supervision by Stephen Oremus, choreography by Ken Roberson, scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Mirena Rada, lighting design by Howell Binkley, and sound design by ACME Sound Partners.

AVENUE Q became an overnight sensation on Broadway in July 2003 following a sold-out engagement -- extended four times -- presented Off-Broadway by Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.




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