Nicky puppet from Avenue Q

Nicky puppet from Avenue Q

Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description
Nicky puppet used in the original Broadway production of the musical Avenue Q. Avenue Q is a popular and acclaimed work of musical theater, unique in the recent history of American theater for its use of puppets and visible puppeteer/performers. The show was created by composers Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics, along with book writer Jeff Whitty and puppeteer Rick Lyon. Originally conceived as a television series, the creators adapted their idea of a “grown-up Sesame Street” to the stage for a 2002 National Music Theatre Conference, and it opened Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in 2003. The popular production outgrew its theater and moved to Broadway’s John Golden Theater in July 2003, where it won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score in its first year.
The show tells the story of several residents of the eponymous avenue in New York City as they grapple with issues faced by young urban adults, including employment, housing, racial discrimination, sexuality, and identity. Through their interactions with each other, many of the characters learn more about themselves and the world around them, and celebrate their revelations in song. Drawing on the style and characteristics of Jim Henson’s Muppets, especially as they are used in Sesame Street, Avenue Q plays on the audience’s expectations and subverts that series’ tame tone with adult themes and humor. Indeed, the show's central premise is its contrast with Sesame Street, as it humorously explores the gulf between innocent childhood and difficult adult problems. The show is notable for its use of visible puppeteers, requiring suspension of disbelief from the audience, as the puppet characters interact without acknowledging the puppeteers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
puppet
date made
around 2003
maker
Lyon, Rick
place made
United States: New Jersey
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 28 in x 18 in x 9 in; 71.12 cm x 45.72 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
2019.0094.01
accession number
2019.0094
catalog number
2019.0094.01
Credit Line
Rick Lyon
subject
Theater
Theater, Puppetry
Puppetry
Musical Theater
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission is temporarily unavailable while we make improvements to the site. We apologize for the interruption. If you have a question relating to the museum's collections, please first check our Collections FAQ. If you require a personal response, please use our Contact page.