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Avenue Q

A musical conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

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Avenue Q: Sesame Street for Adults

  • Feb 22, 2010
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.

So what are you waiting for: go to Avenue Q!
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February 26, 2010
Great review! I saw this on Broadway a couple years ago. It was definitely a unique show and the songs are so catchy!
February 25, 2010
Valarie I whole-heartedly agree with your review of Avenue Q. Alot of people (my wife included) go into the whole experienced with a closed mind - because it is puppets. But I actually think they provide a medium to say things that someone may not be as willing to accept from a human. Sure the songs come across as light-hearted, but they truly touch upon a number of controversial topics from accepting homosexuality to just finding meaning in your life. All in all, Avenue Q is a must see.
February 24, 2010
Sesame Streets for adults?  I like the sound of that!  I also love the names of those characters, and those are some interesting names for songs.  Thanks for sharing, Valerie.  I hope they come to SF :)

By the way, I don't know if you noticed, but your review was shared on the Lunch Facebook fan page earlier today!
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review by . February 28, 2010
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 …
review by . November 08, 2009
  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 Original Broadway Cast [Explicit] / Original Cast Recording [Explicit] (MP3) / The Book          Buy …
Quick Tip by . March 05, 2010
Muppets + Sex = Muppetsex :-)
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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.
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