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A com­edy mu­si­cal star­ring a va­ri­ety of colour­ful char­ac­ters. CAMILLA GOOD­MAN re­views Av­enue Q

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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.

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