At Wynn Las Vegas, the Curtain Rises on Avenue Q
The hilarious and edgy Avenue Q has been a success since the Broadway’s opening 2 years ago. In fact, it was recognized as a wonderful show, and even gained a Tony Award for Best Book, Best Musical and Best Score back in 2003.
Then, unexpectedly, Steve Wynn, a casino magnate of Mega888, struck a deal. He included it as a headlining show at Wynn Las Vegas, his new resort. This is obviously, nothing the Strip has ever witnessed before.
Are you familiar with Jeff Whitty? He has been instrumental to this show’s success, and a Tony award winner himself. Read his views about this acclaimed production, and its journey to Las Vegas’ Strip’s heart.
Avenue Q’s Progression to Las Vegas
The big move sparks an interesting perspective. There is overwhelming support from the casino people.
The Origins of Avenue Q
They always wanted to communicate an amazing story about dreams never coming true. Where do people go from there?
This show uses outrageous elements. From the very start, the goal is to make many people care about the puppets. It is the most subversive aspect of the show.
We started an experimental, daring show. There were plenty of workshops with the puppets and music stands. When the people saw the show’s structure, it’s undeniable that they loved the ways of the traditional Broadway musical.
Las Vegas Show Adjustments
Those who watched the New York shows wouldn’t really notice a big difference. However, Lucy, the lead female puppet, got a new ending. It was a very nice ending.
Also, initially, we wanted the puppets to be the primary characters. Then, the humans as part of a supporting cast. At the end, we showed the puppeteers onstage with all the puppets. Several people said that they became emotional during the second act. They can’t believe that they were moved by the unique concept.