Long way from Sesame Street
THERE have not been many surprises bigger at Broadway’s night of nights than in 2004 when Avenue Q beat Wicked to win the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Perth music theatre performer Vincent Hooper was studying at WAAPA at the time and although he had not seen the show live, he had watched a lot of clips on YouTube.
“It was like this little show that could and a lot of the songs are popular in the music theatre world,” he said.
“The characters are awesome; it’s a bit sacrilegious and is like Sesame Street for adults.
“One of the opening lines is ‘What do you do with a BA in English?’ and then it goes from there.”
Now based in Melbourne, Hooper experienced a full Avenue Q induction when he joined the cast of the Prince Moo Productions version performed at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in August.
The show will open for a season at Crown Theatre Perth from November 26, where the 32-year-old plays three puppet characters: Nicky, Trekkie and a Bad Idea Bear.
“Nicky has a bit of a Kermit the Frog voice and is like Ernie in Sesame Street,” Hooper said.
“His friend Rod is like Bert and Rod is in love with Nicky but Nicky is straight and his role in the show is to help Rod come out of the closet.
“Trekkie Monster loves internet porn, while Bad Idea Bear is one of two bears trying to convince the leads to do terrible things.”
Hooper believes the audience will like what they see.
“I just don’t see how anyone could not like it; it’s just such a beautiful and funny show and it’s a good time to be watching a show like this.”
Trekkie Monster has some bad habits.