Tickets are now on sale for Horizon Theatre’s summer remountings of its hit “Avenue Q,” a “PG-13” version outdoors at Piedmont Park and a more adult one indoors at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center.
Early this year, the Atlanta-based Loridans Foundation, the lead funder of the summer theater series in Piedmont Park, a favorite Atlanta rite since 2004, announced that Horizon would replace founding series company Georgia Shakespeare. As part of that announcement, Horizon said it also would transfer “Avenue Q” to the Conant, former home of the now-defunct Georgia Shakespeare, after the park run.
- “Avenue Q: PG-13 Edition” opens at the Promenade green space on Piedmont Park’s north end on June 3 for five nightly shows through June 7. The grounds will open at 6 p.m. for picnics, with the performance at 7:30.
Horizon currently has 1,000 free tickets (bring blankets or low beach chairs) and 500 reserved tickets ($15 plus tax and fees) for each evening available at www.horizontheatre.com.
The performance site is most conveniently reached from the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s SAGE Parking Facility. Bring your own picnic (neither alcohol nor glass containers allowed) or purchase from a food truck, with wine, beer, water and soft drinks also available for sale.
- The adult version of “Avenue Q” will open at Oglethorpe University on June 12 for a run through July 12. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays.
Horizon will present the PG-13 Edition, appropriate for teens, here three times: 3 p.m. June 20, 5 p.m. June 28 and 8 p.m. July 8. Neither version is recommended for small children.
The Conant’s veranda, with food and beverage service, will open two hours before showtime. Guests may bring their own picnic or order through Horizon in advance.
Regular tickets start at as low as $30 (plus tax). VIP tickets, including reserved preshow table, a drink and other perks, start at $45. (Prices change based on availability and demand, so early purchase is suggested to get the best deal.)
Horizon scored seven Suzi Bass Awards (Atlanta’s Tonys) for its 2011 production of the musical-with-puppets, which it describes as “a politically incorrect cross between ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘The Simpsons,’” co-created by “Frozen” songwriter Robert Lopez. The premiere staging and a 2012 encore both set box office records at the long-time Little Five Points theater.
Six of the eight original actors will return, joined by newcomers Molly Coyne as Kate Monster and Natalie Gray as Christmas Eve.
Tickets and information: 404-584-7450, horizontheatre.com.