As part of the Department of Theatre’s production this week of the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q (February 14–16, Musco Center for the Arts), the show’s co-creator Jeff Marx will conduct a workshop on the creative process for musical theatre at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 15 in Musco Center. The workshop is open to all Chapman students, faculty, and staff and admission is free.
Originally from Hollywood, FL, Jeff Marx met his Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez in 1998 at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop as a young lawyer, looking for clients. It was there at the workshop that the idea for Avenue Q was born, and Marx ended up leaving law to become a songwriter. The show opened off-Broadway in 2003 and went on to win the 2004 Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book.
Avenue Q chronicles the story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton as he embarks upon his journey into the world of “adulting.” When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he is forced to move into a shabby apartment on the far outskirts of the city on Avenue Q. There, he meets a group of very colorful neighbors, making friends as they struggle together to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Geared toward mature audiences, the show is best known for its puppet actors and adult humor. Chapman’s production is directed by Luke Yankee, the actor, director, playwright, producer and teacher who has worked both on and off-Broadway with celebrities ranging from Stephen Sondheim to Alec Baldwin to Quincy Jones.
Tickets for Avenue Q are available at Chapman.edu/events-copa and range from $10 to $25 with reserved seating.
Workshop: Musical Theatre Creative Process
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Musco Center for the Arts