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 Playbill.com, 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.