Time Period - 1960s, 1950s
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
From Off-Broadway, Richard Rogers Award
WINNER! 1992/92 Richards Rogers Award
WINNER! 1997 Barrymore Award (Philadelphia) - BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! 1997 Los Angeles Ovation Award - BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! 1996 Austin Critics Table Award - BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! 1995 Kleban Award - BEST LIBRETTO
WINNER! 1993 Dallas Theatre Critics Award - BEST MUSICAL
AVENUE X is the ground-breaking a cappella musical by John Jiler and Ray Leslee.
So what makes AVENUE X such a perennial? According to composer Ray Leslee and librettist John Jiler, “The unaccompanied human voice. Audiences seem to crave it. It’s helped us to attack an ongoing issue -- racism -- with humor, passion, in an original score that ranges from Rock and Roll to gospel to bel canto.” Scott Miller in “Strike Up The Band”, a history of musical theatre, singled out Avenue X as one of the most important works of the 1990’s. He wrote, “Avenue X isn’t just a good musical. It’s smart, subtle, powerful, unconventional theatre.” The recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island and Baltimore make the story more relevant than ever.
AVENUE X has a cast of eight actors and no orchestra.
RELATED ARTICLE ON BREAKING CHARACTER:
Living on Avenue X
by John Jiller and Ray Leslee
REVIEWS:“Avenue X is what musicals are all about! Panoramic, rich, a musical feast. Bursting with the kind of talent, wit and energy that separates the living theatre from entertainment that comes in a can.”
- Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A sweet nostalgia trip.... The exuberant doo wop vocalizing turns out to be ... the brightest thing." - NY Daily News
"This musical is a compelling and thought-provoking essay on race relations, the diversification of America, and the ability for a shared interest to bring opposite sides of a volatile situation together." -Talkin' Broadway
Since its premiere at New York’s Playwright’s Horizons the show has played over 50 regional theatres such as the Tony-winning Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, The Cincinnati Playhouse, The Dallas Theatre Center, The Wilma Theatre, St. Louis Repertory, The Barrington Stage, The San Diego Rep, to name a few -- as well as Europe’s acclaimed Vienna Chamber Opera. The show has garnered nearly every award regional theatre has to give -- in addition to the Richard Rodgers, Ed Kleban, and Gilman Gonzalla-Falla Awards initially bestowed on its creators. RCA Victor/BMG Classics produced the award-winning CD, available from iTunes and CD Baby.