Avenue Q is Cool With Me

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I would like to take back some of the negative things I said about Avenue Q and the Broadway community at large. A couple years back, I chastised the Tony’s for being super lame (i know, shooting fish in a barrel). I couldn’t watch the heart-felt calls to the audiences and the over-emotional speeches for winning a play. At least be funny, not faux broadway funny where you quote something from another play. It’s like high school drama with tuxes and David Hyde Pierce. More after the jump.

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I would like to take back some of the negative things I said about Avenue Q and the Broadway community at large. A couple years back, I chastised the Tony’s for being super lame (i know, shooting fish in a barrel). I couldn’t watch the heart-felt calls to the audiences and the over-emotional speeches for winning a play. At least be funny, not faux broadway funny where you quote something from another play. It’s like high school drama with tuxes and David Hyde Pierce. More after the jump.

aveq.jpg

I would like to take back some of the negative things I said about Avenue Q and the Broadway community at large. A couple years back, I chastised the Tony’s for being super lame (i know, shooting fish in a barrel). I couldn’t watch the heart-felt calls to the audiences and the over-emotional speeches for winning a play. At least be funny, not faux broadway funny where you quote something from another play. It’s like high school drama with tuxes and David Hyde Pierce.

Avenue Q was guilty of one of these when one of the actors said “I’m glad to see Broadway voted with their hearts!” when they won. I turned the channel. Now fast forward to a couple years later and I was sitting in the Schad office with friend Ben Bass who started talking about the Avenue Q guys. He told us that they once sent a special song (written and recorded for the occasion) to the Broadway folks when they were up for an award. It was a creative way to get them to vote for this longshot comedy making fun of Broadway musicals. The song was called “Vote with your Heart”. It took me a second after he said it, but it all came rushing back.

The Avenue Q acceptance speech guy was giving a sly wink and nod to the audience, who had probably all heard the song. But for me in the heartland having not seen the show or have no relationship with Broadway just assumed it was a super pretentious actor saying something super pretentious to the super pretentious theater audience. But the joke is on me. I still think it was a bit insider-ey for a national broadcast, but I take back what I said about the Tonys.

Let’s make a deal. You nominate Rosie Perez, Brian D’Arcy James and do a play based on the Paula Abdul “Cold Hearted Snake” video and I’ll be back in your good graces….reluctantly. I’m watching you Broadway, like a boss watching employees during the tournament. I’m watching.

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