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Sassy puppet show ‘Avenue Q’ comes to Valley

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Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 12:37 pm | Updated: 3:32 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

If "Sesame Street" had been geared toward grown-ups, it’d probably look a lot like "Avenue Q" — a New York City street crammed with cheap apartments and cynical, Muppet-esque characters struggling to find decent jobs, pay bills, navigate relationships and derive some meaning from their lives.

“Avenue Q,” the comedic Broadway musical, opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at ASU Gammage in Tempe.

While it may look like something made for kids, promoters warn that its subject matter is best suited to adults or teenagers with parental guidance. The show’s characters — a recent college graduate, a kindergarten classroom helper, an investment banker and a slacker roommate, among them — grapple with sex, drinking and surfing the Web for porn. There’s even full puppet nudity.

“Avenue Q” won three 2004 Tony Awards for best musical, best book of a musical and best original score, and it was nominated for a Grammy Award for outstanding Broadway soundtrack. It’s been seen by a long list of celebrities that includes Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Billy Crystal, Ben Stiller and Hugh Jackman.

The show runs through March 14. Tickets cost $19.75-$66. They’re available at the ASU Gammage box office at 1200 S. Forest Ave., online at or by phone at (800) 982-2787.

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