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Fresh score, fresh puppets on 'Avenue Q'

Carol Rosegg   |   Special to the Times

Carol Rosegg | Special to the Times

Avenue Q combines puppetry and one of the best Broadway scores of recent seasons to address this perennial question in a song: What Do You Do With a B.A. in English? That and other dilemmas are faced by the 20-somethings who inhabit a cartoony neighborhood reminiscent of Sesame Street, if the Muppets had included a monster who proclaims that The Internet Is for Porn and a Republican investment banker who won't admit he's gay. The apartment superintendent is Gary Coleman — that's right, that Gary Coleman (played by a woman) from Diff'rent Strokes. In 2004, Avenue Q pulled off one of the great Tony Award upsets, beating out Wicked as best musical. It opens Tuesday and has eight shows through April 6 at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. $32.50-$72.50. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1‑800-955-1045;

Fresh score, fresh puppets on 'Avenue Q' 03/26/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 6:00am]
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