A comedy musical starring a variety of colourful characters. CAMILLA GOODMAN reviews Avenue Q
THINK the best way to sum up Avenue Q is Sesame Street for adults with plenty of laughs, catchy songs and doses of naughtiness. I have wanted to see Avenue Q for a long time now, so I jumped at the chance when I found out it was coming to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
Created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of Book of Mormon and writer of the songs for Disney’s Frozen) Avenue Q is a musical which tells the story of the loveable characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues.
However, make no mistake - young Sesame Street fans should be kept well away from this show, which is definitely one just for the adults with its sexual references, swearing and even racism.
Hilarious, cheeky and uproariously entertaining, with a terrific batch of songs performed by a cast of talented performers and puppets, Avenue Q is a musical like no other I have seen before.
I knew I was in for a treat when I interviewed Kate Monster ahead of the show, but it far exceeded my expectations.
Avenue Q was two hours of top class entertainment and I give it full marks in every department. The cast were extremely talented with many operating and voicing more than one puppet. As a big fan of Book of Mormon and Frozen, it was no surprise that I loved every single song in the show, which are all still completely stuck in my head.
The puppet operators are dressed in black which is a contrast to the colourful characters they operate.
At first I spent a lot of time staring at the actor and ignoring the puppet, but it is not long until you really start to believe the puppet is moving and speaking on its own, something which is not easy to achieve. However, I did force myself to look at the actors from time to time because they were truly doing a fantastic job and it felt a shame to ignore them completely.
However, the musical wasn’t all puppets and there were three ‘real life’ characters who fitted into the show really well.
Avenue Q was without a doubt one of the best shows I have ever seen, and to have the chance to see it in Bucks was amazing. I already want to go back and watch it again.
So if you want to laugh the evening away and watch a truly clever show than I would suggest you catch Avenue Q on its UK tour, because I guarantee it will not be long until it is back in the West End with tickets selling for much higher prices.
Some people have said they are reluctant to see the show because they do not like puppets. Trust me, put aside that hesitation and give Avenue Q a go, you will love it. If you don’t, then I am afraid you are a muppet.
The show is at Watford Colosseum from July 2-4. Visit www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk or Call 0845 075 3993 or book.