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Broadway marks the end of an era


For five long years, Broadway’s “Avenue Q” — a take-off on “Sesame Street,” except with extremely randy and profane puppets — has closed the show with a song titled “For Now.” Nothing lasts forever, the characters sing. Sex: It’s only for now. Your hair? Only for now. George Bush? “Only for now!”

I have often idly wondered while listening to the cast album, in that state of mind that only an aficionado of Broadway lyrics can really appreciate, what would happen when George Bush wasn’t in office anymore. Nothing lasts forever, after all.

Well, I have my answer. According to, the producers of “Avenue Q” are testing four possible replacement lyrics for the song:

The first of the contest lyrics — “Recession is only for now” — will be performed in the Tony-winning show Jan. 20 at 8 PM after President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. The other contenders are: “Prop 8,” “This show” and “Your mother-in-law.”

All I know is that a whole ton of people on Broadway are probably surprised that “Avenue Q” lasted LONGER than President George Bush. Speaking of Bush and Broadway, have you heard about Will Ferrell’s limited-run one-man show? It’s titled “You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush.” According to the New York Times:

It features Ferrell-as-Bush reminiscing about the last eight years and mounting an impassioned defense of his administration.The evening begins with Mr. Bush dropping onto the stage, apparently from the Marine One helicopter after it carries him away from the lawn of the new Obama White House.

The first preview performance is — you guessed it — tonight.

Responses to "Broadway marks the end of an era"

will says:

omg!!! what an awesome topical blog post. i, too, have wondered what they would do.

when i saw it, i knew it was coming, but the line still got a huge laugh (not from my dad, mind you).

i like “prop 8″ (but it may be too regional), but “this show” and the “mother-in-law” ones are funny.

that reminds me, it’s my mother-in-law’s birthday. i should call her.

Ace says:

O-Bama would fit and be a better choice.

MsJoey says:

I really wanted to see this show!

SamEyeAm says:

They should leave it the way it is, ala Conan O’Brien’s “In the Year 2000″ bit.

will says:

@ace: you should see the show

Ace says:

I have seen the show. I have worn out my copy of the CD. I have seen an original bootleg of the show. Any President is just “For Now”. Recession and Prop 8 would have to be changed when those go away. To remind everyone that politicians will go away eventually is a good thing, even the ones that are near messianic. The Bad Idea Bears would agree with me on that.