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A musical everyone must see at least once in their lives!
Member Name: lizbsn
Date: 30/05/10, updated on 20/06/10 (33 review reads)
Advantages: Hilarious, great singing and acting, witty script, just brilliant in every way!
I first saw Avenue Q (now showing at London's Wyndham's Theatre, beside Leicester Square tube) a little over three years ago, and saw it for the second time last night, and both times were without a doubt two of the funniest nights in my life!
Avenue Q tells the story of a group of people living on New York's fictional "Avenue Q". There is a couple in their thirties (American Brian and his Japanese wife Christmas Eve), housemates Rod and Nicky (whose characters bear a strong resemblance to those of Bert and Ernie), a young, idealistic montessori teacher called Kate Monster, and another (completely porn-obsessed) monster, Trekkie Monster (reminiscent of Sesame Street's Cookie Monster), a recent university graduate name Princeton who is new to Avenue Q, and the late Gary Coleman, portrayed as having fallen from child stardom to become a handyman. All except Brian, Christmas Eve and Gary Coleman are puppets (the puppeteering is fantastic!).
The show pokes fun at all the not-so-nice things that surround us in our daily lives - bills to pay, failing in life after graduating, racism, homophobic attitudes, the widespread availability of porn on the internet, and most of all, doing stupid things inspired by the "bad idea bears", two adorable little bears who try to persuade Princeton and Kate Monster to do very silly things - much like that unsavoury part of your conscience you sometimes wish didn't exist.
Avenue Q is witty, somewhat true to life and, most importantly, a fantastic musical. The songs are great and the actors are all stunning. It hadn't lost its touch the second time I saw it, and I would gladly watch it again tonight.
All in all, a hilariously funny, absolutely fantastic musical. Not suitable for children due to strong language and puppet sex!
Thanks for reading. This review is also published on ciao.co.uk under the same username.
Summary: An absolutely brilliant musical, I would recommend it to everyone.
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