Why See Avenue Q?
closed October 30th 2010
A modern classic, Avenue Q is the brash, ballsy and outrageous parable of figuring out life after college, falling in love, finding a job and paying the bills, with puppets!
Currently on hiatus, Avenue Q's West End past has seen the Broadway crossover smash records, finding it's home first at the Noel Coward in March 2006, followed by a short stay at The Gielgud and finally settling at The Wyndhams Theatre until October 2010.
what is is about?
For a generation blighted by messages from saccharine, well meaning television, telling them they're a special snowflake, and to follow their dreams, it's always a shock to realise you may just be, normal. Imitating the most famous kids show of all, Sesame Street, we meet the community that live on the crummy Avenue Q. Cheap and cheerful, this outer-outer borough of New York houses a plethora of colourful and foul mouthed residents who's opinions on life, the internet and everything are passed on to the earnest Princeton, a new graduate with a B.A in English and not much else.
In search of his purpose, he navigates this new and scary landscape, aided by well meaning and lonely Kate, closet case Rod and his house mate Nicky, Gary Coleman, down on his luck child star turned janitor, porn addled Trekkie Monster and swayed by the sweet, but sinister Bad Idea Bears, who won't let a little thing like responsibility get in the way of having fun.
With original, politically incorrect songs that cover a range of hilarious topics, (such as 'The Internet is good for porn' and 'I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today') Avenue Q has found a comfortable home in the theatre fan canon!
did you know?
Many of the original cast of this Sesame street send up were actually puppeteers on the show!
Opening night: 4 November 2009
AVENUE Q contains scenes which may be unsuitable for children under 12. Children under 5 are not admitted. It is safe to say that if you are an adult with a good sense of humour, then AVENUE Q is right up your street.
Is it appropriate for kids? Er, well, this is where it gets a bit fuzzy. If your teenager is mature enough to see a musical about issues such as sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn, then they'll probably love AVENUE Q too! Only you can judge. It's hard to say what exact age is right to see AVENUE Q - parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But we promise you this - if you do bring your teenagers to AVENUE Q - they'll think you're really cool!
2 hours 15 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Cast and Creative
CastPaul Spicer as Princeton/Rod
Jacqueline Tate as Christmas Eve
Delroy Atkinson as Gary
Rachel Jerram as Mrs T / Bear / Others
Christopher Fry as Brian
Mark Goldthorp as Nicky / Trekkie Monster
Julie Atherton as Kate Monster / Lucy the Slut
Cassidy Janson as Kate Monster / Lucy the Slut (from 5th October)
CreativeMusic and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Directed by Jason Moore
Puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon
Choreographed by Ken Roberson
What we thought
Funny INCREDIBLE AND ENJOYABLE
I don't think it's possible to see this show and not enjoy the incredible vibe
For all the insight and the depth however, first and foremost this show is funny: sometimes cringe-worthy, sometimes make you laugh till you pee a little bit.Read full review
What you thought
11 reviews, average rating: (4.4 Stars)
Seen it 3 times now, loved it every time. funniest show I've seen, beat... more
I have seen the London production of Avenue Q 4 times alone so far and... more
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