‘Avenue’ a little Off in Outer Critics bid

Legiter must undergo changes to qualify as B'way show

Once is not enough.

The producers of “Avenue Q” have petitioned the Outer Critics Circle to consider their tuner for best Broadway musical.

The odd thing is “Avenue Q” was nominated a year ago by the crix group for best Off Broadway musical. It lost to the long-gone “Zanna Don’t.”

“Avenue Q” transferred from the Vineyard Theater to Broadway’s Golden Theater last summer.

The musical’s spokesperson, Sam Rudy, explained, “Our rationale is that we were Off Broadway and now we’re Broadway.”

Outer Critics Circle’s prexy said that is not good enough. “Only if there are changes in the show,” said Marjorie Gunner.

Rudy continued, “Part of our petition is that there were changes from downtown to uptown.”

Now, that’s a different story, agreed Gunner. Outer Critics Circle’s exec board will decide the matter Saturday. Noms will be announced Monday.

Puppet show-and-tell

As for those aforementioned changes in “Avenue Q,” Shubert Alley wags were left to wonder, “So the puppets have more hair now?”

Outer Critics Circle does not have an illustrious record with its awards. It recently failed to nominate “Urinetown” in its Off Broadway and Broadway incarnations.

In 1996, it gave its Broadway musical award to the critically maligned “Victor/Victoria” and relegated “Rent” to an Off Broadway win even though the latter show had transferred to Broadway by the time of the noms.

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