Veronica J. Kuehn Returns to the Cast of AVENUE Q
AVENUE Q will welcome the return of Veronica J. Kuehn beginning February 18, as Kate Monster/Lucy. Ms. Kuehn resumes the role having last performed in the production from July 20, 2011 through February 9, 2015. Shereplaces current cast member Gizel Jiménez, who will play her final performance on February 17, 2019.
Powered by its Tony for Best Musical and additional Tonys for Best Music and Lyrics to Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, and Best Book of a Musical to Jeff Whitty, Avenue Q's victory at the 2004 Tony Awards was considered an historic upset and effectively redrew the landscape for innovation, originality and success on Broadway. The musical recouped its investment in just 10 months, and with its fresh and funny tale about people and puppets just out of college looking for their purpose in life, Avenue Q has been groundbreaking in its appeal to young theatergoers who relate to the characters and the challenges they face learning adult life lessons about racism, coming out, unemployment, dating, sex and porn. The show has indeed captivated audiences of all generations with it singular, hilarious take on the traditional story of boy-meets-girl, boy-loses girl, boy tries to win girl back - except in Avenue Q, the boy and girl just happen to be puppets.
Veronica J. Kuehn was recently seen in The Old Globe/Asolo Repertory Theater's co-productions of GUYS AND DOLLS (Miss Adelaide.) BROADWAY & NATIONAL TOURS: ELF The Musical (Jovie), XANADU (swing/ Kira u/s), MAMMA MIA (Sophie u/s). OFF BROADWAY: Avenue Q (Kate Monster/Lucy), and CLINTON The Musical (Monica), both at New World Stages. Other REGIONAL: The York Theatre, MSMT, The Eugene O'Neill, New Repertory Theatre and Lyric Stage Co. Veronica has soloed at Boston Symphony Hall with the Pops (conductor, Keith Lockhart) and holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory. She can be heard on the Original Cast Album of CLINTON The Musical. Follow her @veronicajkuehn
Late last year, it was announced by the show's producers, Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group that Avenue Q will close on April 28, 2019. The show will have played a total of 6537 performances upon closing: from its first Broadway preview on July 14, 2003 to its final performance at New World Stages (340 W. 50 St.)