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Avenue Q

This week I finally enjoyed the opportunity to watch Avenue Q on stage in London’s Wyndham Theatre on West End. I’ve got to say: I was excited as hell. You see, Avenue Q is, without a fraction of a doubt, a fantastic musical. It’s rude and outrageous while simultaneously heartwarming and, most importantly, hilarious. From the opening songs “What Do You Do With a B.A. In English? / It Sucks To Be Me” and “The Internet Is For Porn” to the melancholic “There’s A Fine, Fine Line” and uplifting climax of “For Now”.

London’s current rendition of the musical sees a few modifications to bring it up to the times: a reference to George Bush is changed to a reference to BP, alongside a few minor removals of comments deemed slightly too racist for the show – although, as explained in the song “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist”, perhaps people are taking the show a bit too seriously if they find it racist. After all, the performance is largely carried by puppets, albeit extremely expressive ones. It’s hard to describe the visual aspect of Avenue Q; suffice it to say that it’s seamless and filled with character.

Despite the use of puppets, the show remains targeted at a mature audience, not at children; repetitive use of profanity and one explicit puppet sex scene (including a variety of types and positions) should deter you from bringing any children younger than 13 to the show, even if there is no real age restriction. All in all, I recommend Avenue Q to anyone with an open mind and a great sense of humour: it’s officially my favourite musical and it was one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen (and while I can’t speak for the Broadway production, I’m sure it’s just as good, if not better). See it now!

Written by Connor Beaton

Because Connor’s so awesome, and prone to doing things without getting prior permission from his superiors, he’s the only person on this blog with a biography. Isn’t that awesome? So, uh… Connor’s this cool, racist and sexist Scottish kid who lives in a cottage and probably eats stovies and haggis all day. Hey, it’s straight from the horse’s mouth so it must be true, right? He’s also incredibly sexy and has three girlfriends, all of whom love him for his long locks of blonde hair. That and his big junk. Can’t forget the big junk.

1 Comment

  1. Ryan Lalonde · August 6, 2010

    I’ve heard of this before but didn’t know much about it. It sounds better than I thought. I thought it was going to be a kids show type. Good to hear that they can keep up with current news as well. Haha.

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