REVIEW: Avenue Q (Richmond Theatre)
Avenue Q is an adult version of Sesame Street. Puppets, learning videos and a lot of foul mouthed humour. From Trekkie Monster’s ‘The Internet Is For Porn’ to Lucy The Slut’s ‘Special’ this show is a laugh a minute musical comedy which inspired SouthPark writers Trey Stone and Matt Parker to write The Book of Mormon.
Princeton has recently graduated college and secured a job in New York City. With money being tight, he finds a place to live out of town, down on Avenue Q. It’s a friendly neighbourhood with Brian and Christmas Eve (the only ‘human’ couple that live on the block), Kate Monster, room mates Nicky and Rod, Trekkie Monster and the landlord of the building Gary Coleman (from TV’s Different Strokes).
Princeton is a lost soul in a new town and despite having a BA in English, is still searching for his purpose in life. Primary school teacher Kate Monster falls for him and they start a relationship. That is until Lucy The Slut makes a b-line for him and things take a turn for the worse.
Avenue Q covers many social issues in a comical way. From racism to coming to terms with sexuality and even just struggling to come to terms with being different, there is a very sweet undertone to this story.
Can Princeton find his purpose in life? Will he discover what is most important in life or will the naughty Bad Idea Bears lead him astray? One thing is certain, there is never a dull minute on Avenue Q.
The show which originated back in 2003, opened Off-Broadway and quickly transferred onto Broadway. London has seen a couple of successful runs and the last few years have been spent touring the UK.
Reviewed by West End Wilma
Photos: West End Wilma
Avenue Q is on tour around the UK. Click here for tour dates