Are Avenue Q's Bad Idea Bears Behind the Controversial AT&T Ads? | Playbill

News Are Avenue Q's Bad Idea Bears Behind the Controversial AT&T Ads? Long-running Off-Broadway musical Avenue Q has released a video in response to the recent controversial advertisements and tweets by wireless provider AT&T, appearing to promote cell phone use in the theatre. The ads caused members of the theatre to community to speak out in defense of keeping the theatre a cell phone-free zone.

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The satirical video from Avenue Q is the latest in a string of responses from the theatre community in light of the AT&T advertisements and tweets; see the AT&T ad and more details here

Many theatre artists spoke passionately via their social media accounts, and Patti LuPone issued a passionate statement to "To the AT&T spokesperson: What altered reality do you live in? And why do you assume I live there, too?" read the statement. Read LuPone's full response here. The two-time Tony Award winner drew much support from fellow actors when she snatched a cell phone from an audience member during a performance of her show Shows For Days earlier this summer. 

The current cast of Avenue Q includes Elizabeth Ann Berg, Kerri Brackin, Grace Choi, Ben Durocher, Jason Jacoby, Nick Kohn, Danielle K. Thomas, Katie Boren, Imari Hardon, Michael Liscio, JR and Jed Resnick. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the comedic and heartfelt show currently plays New World Stages Off-Broadway. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

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