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The Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh cast for "Avenue Q" includes (from left) Yolanda W. Rabun, Jessie R. Gephardt, Erik Floor, Maya Naff and Adam Poole (photo by Lauren Kennedy )

“Avenue Q” Wins Over Raleigh Audiences

Avenue Q is a sometimes-raunchy but always-sweet musical. While Hot Summer Nights’ production nails the sweet part, it often glazes over the raunchy bits. Yes, there is a sex scene involving nude puppets, a scene that the cast enacts with gusto, but much of the show’s raunchiness is delivered in a way that softens the blow. Swear words are mumbled and vulgar actions are hidden, as if director Richard Roland had doubts about whether or not Raleigh was ready for the show.

Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh will present "Avenue Q" on Aug. 15-19 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

HSN and TR Will Present a Zany PG-13 Production of “Avenue Q” on Aug. 15-19 in Fletcher Opera Theater

Next up for Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh is a hilarious home-grown presentation of “Avenue Q” on Aug. 15-19 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC. The Triangle production of “Avenue Q” will employ puppets originally conceived and designed by Rick Lyon for the show’s Broadway production and national tour.

"Avenue Q" played DPAC on April 19th and 20th

“Avenue Q” Delighted DPAC Patrons

Imagine what would happen if Jim Henson’s Muppets went rogue and were forcibly relocated from Sesame Street to a much less desirable neighborhood in an outer borough of the Big Apple, where they could stay up all night, talk dirty, and have unprotected puppet sex — in full view of an audience — and you have songwriters Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s basic concept for their wickedly funny 2003 Broadway musical “Avenue Q.”

"Avenue Q" plays DPAC on April 19th and 20th

“Avenue Q” Plays DPAC April 19th and 20th

The New York Times hailed “Avenue Q” as “a breakthrough musical of a very different stripe. Savvy, sassy and delicious!” and Entertainment Weekly claimed it was “one of the funniest shows you’re ever likely to see!”