Monday, December 22, 2008

For Now

For Now

If you're anything like me, you've had a major concern since Election Day.

No, not on whom President-Elect Barack Obama would appoint to his cabinet or just how soon he'd be able to heal the world.

No, it's been that pesky lyric from Broadway's Avenue Q. You know the one in the closing number "For Now" in which George W. Bush's name is among the many rejoinders on what's only for now. I've been wondering what they're going to do with it after the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue leaves office.

Now we know. Apparently the creative folks at Avenue Q have also been contemplating the question. And instead of coming up with their own two syllable lyric, they've launched a contest to enable their fans to replace it.

According to the Avenue Q site:

It's of the most-loved lyrics in AVENUE Q. But starting January 20th, "GEORGE BUSH IS ONLY FOR NOW" must be replaced, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Submit your idea for a 2-syllable replacement lyric for "GEORGE BUSH" -- and you could win a bunch of cool AVENUE Q stuff, including a revised script that includes YOUR LYRIC!
To enter, click here. It's as easy as that.

According to Playbill:

The winner will be announced Jan. 15, 2009, and the new lyric will be performed in Broadway's Avenue Q at the Golden Theatre beginning Jan. 20, 2009, the day Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States.

Avenue Q producer Robyn Goodman said in a statement, "We thought it would be fun to find out what people today think is as expendable as George Bush. Audiences have cheered the line since the show opened and people are curious — what's next?"

Creator Robert Lopez added, "I've gotten so many unsolicited ideas from friends and strangers over the years that it seems only fitting that we solicit a few more."

The contest begins Dec. 22, 2009, and runs through Jan. 12, 2009. To enter visit

The winning entry will be selected by a panel that comprises Q creators Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty and the show's producers. The winner will receive a prize package including an autographed program and poster from Avenue Q, a cast recording, a copy of the Avenue Q coffee table book and an autographed copy of the revised script with the contest winner's lyric included.

Good luck!

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 22 December, 2008, Blogger Dale said...

Hilarious, I was thinking they'd need to change it last time but then you know what happened. Time to put my thinking hat on!

At 24 December, 2008, Blogger Dale said...

Hmm, I can't enter from Canada, and I was planning on winning! Now, I'll just be whinging instead.


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