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Broadway Audiences Don’t Boo at Avenue Q Puppets Over Gary Coleman

Last night’s performance of Avenue Q went on like it always does, because the show must. And luckily for producers (and the actors, and the puppets, and probably even the sound techs) the audience didn’t boo when the opening number “It Sucks to Be Me” — where the character laments about being a former child star who “made a lot of money that got stolen by my folks” — came on.

The writers only made small changes, like nixing the word “former” from the phrase “former child star” in the dialogue. If you’ve seen the show, you know how much Coleman’s life is referenced, so it’s nice to see audiences, at least last night’s, aren’t taking offense to his inspiration.

[NYT]