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AVENUE Q SWINGS! Benefit at Lucille Lortel Theatre 6/27

Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, the co-creators of the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, are hosting AVENUE Q SWINGS!, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on Monday, June 27th at 7:30 pm. Proceeds from the one-night-only performance will benefit Greenwich House Music School's Piano Fund, replacing two well-worn Steinway grand pianos.

AVENUE Q SWINGS! will be a one-night-only performance by very special guest stars, featuring the songs from Avenue Q, performed in jazz, classical and other surprising arrangements. The musical director of the show will be composer/arranger Mary Ann McSweeney, who plays bass each night in the Avenue Q orchestra on Broadway.

Greenwich House Music School has a longstanding and very special relationship with Bobby and Jeff. Long before the duo created Avenue Q, which won the 2004 Tony Awards for Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Musical, Bobby studied piano at Greenwich House for over 15 years. When he began collaborating with Jeff, the two would often meet at the School to compose, working on writing many Avenue Q songs on the Greenwich House Music School's pianos. That's when they noticed the need to replace the two fifty-year-old Steinway pianos, which Bobby played in his childhood recitals. Now, the two writers have returned, with their talented friends and colleagues in tow, to lend their support to the School.

Since its creation in 1905, Greenwich House Music School has provided affordable music lessons and musical events for students and audiences of all ages. A distinguished faculty teaches beginners as well as those who are returning to musical study either as an avocation or with professional aspirations. The School also continues the tradition of providing a performance series for the community. In the Renee Weiler Concert Hall, you can hear classical music and opera as well as ethnic, jazz, contemporary and folk music.

Monday, June 27, 2005 at 7:30 pm
The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, NYC
Tickets on sale starting June 1, 2005
$75, $150 and $250 ($250 Tickets include post-show reception with cast)
Tickets available through TICKET CENTRAL
212-279-4200 or ticketcentral.com
Sponsorships available through Greenwich House Development Department
212-242-4140, ext. 231

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