The Tony Award-winning songwriting team Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx sing their hit songs from Avenue Q, along with some unknown "trunk songs" at Birdland. This will be the first time the duo performs a full concert in public. They will also be joined on stage by some Extremely Special Guests! This evening is part of The Winter Season, presented by Jim Caruso in association with TheaterMania.com, which features top Broadway and cabaret performers at the world-class music room.
Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx created and wrote all the songs for the hit Broadway musical Avenue Q, which recently won the 2004 Tony Awards for Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Musical. Before it moved to Broadway, Avenue Q enjoyed a sold-out run Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, where it received the season's Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. In 2000, Bobby and Jeff won the coveted Ed Kleban Award for Lyrics for Kermit, Prince of Denmark, a proposed Muppet Movie based very, very loosely on Hamlet. They wrote and orchestrated two shows for Theatreworks/USA (Reading Rainbow and Ferdinand The Bull), plus a handful of children's songs for The Disney Channel. They are currently working on a musical comedy film for Universal Pictures, a reality show/documentary-meets-musical series they are creating for VH1, and a stage musical based on a religion (which they prefer not to disclose), with Matt Stone and Trey Parker from South Park. They are also in negotiations to turn Avenue Q into a television series for a major big-three network. The writing team is eagerly anticipating the September 2005 opening of a second company of Avenue Q in Steve Wynn's new hotel, Wynn Las Vegas. Jeff and Bobby both write lyrics and they both write music, together, in the same room, at the same time. They met in 1998 in the BMI Workshop, which they recommend highly to any aspiring musical theater writers.