Avenue Q adds Clinton, Trump puppets for mock debate
It’s been a minute since you last considered Avenue Q, the Tony-winning best musical which blasted open propriety on Broadway when the foul-mouthed Sesame Street send-up debuted in 2003.
But now the show is back in the headlines with a special mock presidential town hall on Monday at New World Stages, featuring new puppet versions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Taking place just hours before the presidential debate between the real Clinton and Trump, the puppet iterations of Clinton and Trump will face off in a town hall debate that will also feature appearances and questions from members of the public as well as characters from Avenue Q.
The town hall debate, just like the 2003 show and the 2016 election, will touch on race, unemployment, religion, and LGBT issues (as well as puppet hand-size, hair, and e-mails, which are borne more from the campaigns than the musical).
Designer Rick Lyon, an original cast member in Avenue Q and the design mind behind the show’s puppets, has created the Trump and Clinton puppets as well; he previously created George W. Bush and John Kerry puppets for a similar purpose during the 2004 presidential election.
Avenue Q currently runs Off-Broadway at New World Stages.