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A funny musical led by talented puppeteers
Member Name: emily16022011
Advantages: An entertaining experience
Disadvantages: Some parts were a bit vulgar / non PC - be prepared
Last night we went to see Avenue Q. I had heard some very good reports from friends. And people that had returned a number of times to see it. I also had a few friends that were surprised we were going. We normally go to see the more 'traditional' musicals in London and elsewhere.
We really enjoyed the performance, but I wouldn't go again. One friend had seen in 4 times in a 6 month period. There are some musicals (Lion King, Cats and Lord of the Rings) that I would go again.
The musical is based on a street called Avenue Q and centred around the characters that live there.
There are 3 human characters, an actor portraying Gary Coleman from the 1980s TV programme 'Different Strokes', who is the handyman and landlord for a couple of the houses. Brian and Christmas Eve are an angaged couple that live in another house.
The puppets were truely amazing. It must takes years of practice to get the skills that those puppeteers have.
The puppets include Priceton, who is looking for a job, and meaning in his life. Kate Monster who falls in love with Princeton and wants to set up a school for montsters. Trekkie Monster (who is similar to cookie monster), Lucy the slut and Nicky and Rod (friends who live together).
I wasn't sure how it would work with the puppeteers on stage. But they are dressed in black and you tend to stay focused on the actions of the puppets. There is so much happening on stage all the time. The puppeteers mirror the actions and facial expressions of the puppets and the way they can change their voices for the different characters was fascinating.
The music and songs were funny and entertaining. Although in some parts it was difficult to understand what they were saying. Because you could not lip read the person. On some occasions a puppet would sing / talk and the human singing would be the other side of the stage.
We got our tickets for £20 from See tickets. The performance was 2 hours long and the theatre is fairly small in comparison to some others in London.
In summary I would recommend this musical to people, although be prepared for some non PC comments and songs, and some vulgar parts. The theatre was full of younger people, than the traditional 'theatre goers'.
Summary: I would recommend this to anyone, a very good show.