Skip Navigation

Avenue Q - Off-Broadway

Tony-Award winning musical that is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.

Diff'rent Strokes: Gary Coleman's a Guy Again for Off-B'way Avenue Q

Diff'rent Strokes: Gary Coleman's a Guy Again for Off-B'way Avenue Q

Haneefah Wood played the role of Gary Coleman on Broadway

Gary Coleman is the jive-talking superintendent of an apartment building in the show.

Congratulations, Gary Coleman. It sucks to be you a little less over at Avenue Q.

Although the role of child star Gary Coleman has been played by a handful of talented African-American women (including original star Natalie Venetia Belcon, Carla Renata, Danielle K. Thomas and Haneefah Wood) during the six-year Broadway run of the show, the production is now looking for a man to take on the part off-Broadway.

According to a casting notice, the show is searching for African-American men who are strong singers with great comedic timing for the part of the former celebrity who now lives and works on Avenue Q. Previous productions of Avenue Q have also cast men in the part, including the popular West End staging.

As previously announced, Avenue Q will start performances at New World Stages on October 9, 2009. The Tony winner for Best Musical, it ran for 2,534 performances at the Golden Theatre, becoming the 20th longest-running show in Broadway history.

No explanation was given for the change. Then again, no explanation was ever given for casting a woman in the role in the first place!

Video On Demand
Sponsored by:
This Show is in
High Demand
Tickets to Hamilton on Broadway are extremely limited and sell out quickly. If you are unable to find tickets today, keep checking back for newly released seats.