With more than 3,000 performances, Avenue Q ranks 24th on the list of longest running shows in Broadway history.Avenue Q's unique presentation requires substantially more suspension of disbelief by audience members than normal.Princeton, taken aback, counters that Kate's Monstersori School would discriminate against non-monsters.They and the neighbors agree that racism is an adult reality ("Everyone's a Little Bit Racist").Sure enough, he invites her on a date to the Around the Clock Café.Brian, the café's MC, does his raunchy stand-up act ("I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today").The storyline presupposes the existence of "monsters" and talking animals, and human actors sing, dance and interact with puppets, both human and non-human, as if they were sentient beings, in a light-hearted, quasi-fantasy environment.(No attempt is made to explain why seven of the human characters are played by puppets while the other three are played by actual humans.) However, the show includes a considerable amount of profanity in the dialogue as well as including intercourse with puppets.
The Bad Idea Bears suggest that Kate and Princeton order some "harmless" Long Island Iced Teas, and once Kate is totally inebriated, that Princeton takes her home to bed.
Marx interned at the program early in his career, and all four of the original cast's principal puppeteers—John Tartaglia, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jennifer Barnhart and Rick Lyon—were Sesame Street performers (D'Abruzzo returned to Sesame Street after leaving Avenue Q).
Three of the puppet characters are direct recognizable parodies of classic Sesame Street puppets: Roommates Rod and Nicky are a riff on Bert and Ernie, while Trekkie Monster bears the distinctive voice and disposition of Cookie Monster, though not his obsession with baked goods.
Kate dreams of starting a "Monstersori" school for young "people of fur".
Princeton innocently asks Kate if she and Trekkie are related, since they are both monsters, but Kate angrily pronounces his assumption racist.