This isn’t totally new so I almost wasn’t going to post this. Almost. I just can’t stop raving about Avenue Q. It was simply hilarious, heartwarming and fun fun fun. Think of it as Sesame Street all grown up. It’s a mix of muppet puppets and humans living on the fictional Avenue Q in an outer borough of New York City. It is also full of “very adult themes” so not appropriate for the kiddies (don’t let the puppets fool you).
Loosely based on some of Sesame Streets original residents (Bert & Ernie, Cookie Monster, Prairie Dawn…), the residents of Avenue Q are in their 20s and dealing with life issues like finding their purpose (hard to do with a B.A. in english) and relationships. Some of the most well known songs include ‘The Internet is for Porn’, ‘Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist’, ‘It Sucks to be Me’ and ‘If You Were Gay’. I have had ‘The Internet is for Porn’ stuck in my head alllllll day.
I was so impressed by the cast as well. For the puppeteers, not only do they voice the character, but they also control the puppets mouth and movements and then become an extension of the puppet and act themselves. Michala Banas (McLeod’s Daughters) is so super cute and loveable as Kate Monster, and boy can she sing! Honestly though, the show belongs to Mitchell Butel who plays Princeton and Rod. He is on stage 90%+ of the show and is so animated and engaging that I think I fell a little bit in love with him. Just don’t tell my boyfriend.
Price: from $64.90 or $44.90 for students/seniors on weekdays (more on Fridays and Saturdays)
More details: Theatre Royal in Sydney until Sep 20 and then 20 Nov – 20 Dec in WA (prices vary)
Why you need to see it: It’s funny and great with catchy tunes. You will laugh out loud and have the songs stuck in your head, which is always the mark of a great night out.
Picture credit: avenueqthemusical.com.au