When I walked out of the theatre after seeing Avenue Q, I could not contain my smile.
With a youthful spirit, brilliant puppet work, wonderful music and a brilliant cast, this show encompasses everything that makes the new musical theatre genre so wonderful.
While in search for his purpose, Princeton, a recent college graduate, finds an apartment on New York's Avenue Q alongside Kate Monster, a kindergarten teacher, roommates Nicky and Rod, Brian and his Japanese-American fiancée, Christmas Eve, and Gary Coleman - the apartment superintendent.
In Sesame Street style, some of the characters are human and others puppets - but in a wonderful treat that could only be accomplished through theatre magic - the puppeteers are fully visible to the audience and sing and act like the characters themselves as they manipulate their puppets. I repeatedly found myself torn between watching the puppets and their quadruple-threat puppeteers.
Avenue Q's songs are silly and fun and sometimes very adult (don't be thrown by the Sesame Street similarities - this is not a show to which you'll want to bring small children) with wonderful treats like "What Do You Do With a BA in English," "If You Were Gay," "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" and "The Internet is for Porn."
As detailed as I might get here, no description will do this show justice - just get yourself to the theatre to see it. Luckily for you, though the show has ended its Broadway run, it's now transferred Off-Broadway for an extended run and is also making its way around the US in a national tour.
This show really is one of the most inventive productions to hit Broadway in recent years.
The first time I saw Avenue Q, I was just finishing up college. I could not help but relate to the thought that I have no idea what I'm going to do next in my life. As one of the lyrics go, "Four years of college with plenty of knowledge, has earned me this useless degree. I can't pay the bills yet, because I have no skills yet... the world is one big scary place!" That's for sure! Avenue Q does a great job at capturing the fun and … more
Title: Avenue Q Director: Jason Moore Staring: John Tartaglia, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Rick Lyon, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Jordan Gelber, Ann Harada, Jennifer Barnhart Company: Work Light Productions Genre(s): Comedy Suggested Age Group: Mature Audiences Buy From Amazon.com: Original Broadway Cast [Explicit] / Original Cast Recording [Explicit] (MP3) / The Book Buy … more
The trials and tribulations of the people (and puppets) in the neighborhood.
Tony-winning musical Avenue Q is the hilarious and heartfelt story of a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York with big dreams and little money. He can only afford to live on Avenue Q but—good news!—his neighbors turn out to be a remarkably funny bunch of characters.