Avenue Q: Carey Anderson to join cast on 8 Jul 2008

Carey Anderson, who recently played 'Sophie Sheridan' in the Broadway production of Mamma Mia! will play the roles of 'Kate Monster' and 'Lucy' from 8 Jul 2008 in the musical Avenue Q. Anderson assumes the role from Sarah Siles.

Carey Anderson steps into Avenue Q after having played 'Sophie Sheridan' in Mamma Mia! on Broadway and on tour. Her other New York credits include the Musicals Tonight! productions of 'The Girlfriend,' 'My Favorite Year' and 'Abbey Victoria' at Lark Theatre.

Avenue Q, the winner of three 2004 Tony Awards - including Best Musical, played its 2000th performance on Broadway 3 Jun 2008.

Avenue Q currently features Christian Anderson (Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Bear and Others), Jennifer Barnhart (Mrs. T, Bear & Others), Nicholas Kohn (Brian), Ann Sanders (Christmas Eve), Carla Renata (Gary Coleman), Howie Michael Smith (Princeton, Rod) and Sarah Siles (Kate Monster, Lucy & others).

The musical is about a charming yet rundown outer-borough neighborhood, where the residents - both puppets and humans - deal with everyday New York challenges like getting a job, falling in love and discovering their purpose in life.

Avenue Q opened at the John Golden Theatre on the 31 Jul 2003, following previews from the 11 Jul 2003.

The show opened to terrific notices from the popular press in July 2003: BEN BRENTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says �eminently likable.� HILTON ALS of THE NEW YORKER says the show �has so much to recommend it.� CLIVE BARNES of NEW YORK POST says �Good dirty fun.� ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says �warmth and wit that will disarm the most jaded grown-ups.� KATE BETTS of TIME MAGAZINE says �hip new musical comedy.�

Avenue Q is directed by Jason Moore and choreographed by Ken Roberson. It is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller.

The musical has music & Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.

Set design is by Mirena Rada with puppet design by Rick Lyon, costumes by Mirena Rada, lighting by Howell Binkley and sound by Acme Sound Partners

Avenue Q won three 2004 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.

Carey Anderson

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