The off-Broadway production of Avenue Q has announced its plans for World Puppetry Day 2018, set to take place on March 21.
The World Puppetry Day Spring Fling will welcome puppeteers and puppets to New World Stages on March 21 for an 8pm performance and post-show soirée. Patrons may buy tickets at the venue for a discounted price. The post-performance party will include a special puppet playlist including tunes like "I'm Your Puppet" (Marvin Gaye), "Happy Puppet" (10,000 Maniacs), "Puppet Boy" (Devo), and "No Strings Attached" (*NSYNC).
World Puppetry Day was first celebrated in 2003 and sanctioned by the Union Internationale de la Marionette. It was initiated by Iranian puppet artist Javad Zolfaghari and is marked by puppet lovers around the world each year.
Avenue Q, written by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty, opened off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre on March 20, 2003, before moving to Broadway's John Golden Theatre, where it officially opened on July 31 of that year. The show went on to win three 2004 Tony Awards: Best Book, Best Score, and Best Musical. The Broadway production closed on September 13, 2009 and reopened off-Broadway at New World Stages on October 21, 2009.
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