Long way from Sesame Street

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

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.

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