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Has anyone been to Avenue Q?

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Has anyone been to Avenue Q?

We are going to this show on Saturday, originally we said we wouldn't go but our friends went ahead and included us in their group booking anyway. I've googled it and found some reviews but would be interested to know if anyone has been and what they thought.

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Excellent, thanks Jack!

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I saw Avenue Q last month when I was in London. It wasn't my choice - seems rather a waste for me to see Broadway shows in London, when I can catch them closer to home - but the friend I was going to the theatre with really wanted to see it. I ended up enjoying myself and laughing a lot, though I must admit, I can't remember much of the show now. My British friend didn't catch some of the US pop-culture references - for example, who Gary Coleman was. We both enjoyed the show, and were amused that we were by far the oldest people in our section of the stalls - where median audience age seemed to be about 20!

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I saw Avenue Q last Friday night, the second of two performances that night. I would put it into the v. good, but not great category. To a certain extent, it is an x-rated Sesame Street insofar as it depicts puppets bonking on stage (but this is inoffensive given that they have no bits) and there are a few risque songs about porn on the internet, homosexuality and relationships generally. But none of the risque element is new to the London stage ; Let My People Come, a musical which first appeared in 1975, was far more ahead of its time than Avenue Q.

Viewed from another perspective, however, Avenue Q bears no relationship to Sesame Street. This is because human characters hold the puppets throughout the performance. There are times when you forget about the human characters and focus on the puppets. But there are also times when the humans predominate. So, for example, the second of the two female actresses (i.e the non-lead actress) is an amazingly talented and attractive woman and I found my eyes drifting away from her puppet characters in her direction instead. You may experience the same sensation, londongirl, in relation to some of the other actors.

All in all, however, it's one of those life-affirming musicals. You will find yourself identifying with the characters (regardless of how old you are). The puppets are brought to life with skill and brio. And there's also a 'feel good' element to it which persists after the show has ended.

One of the two authors of Avenue Q has struggled with manic depression (not unlike Stephen Fry) and he thanks lithium in his programme notes. But both authors do not have the same wit as someone like Mel Brooks. I laughed myself sick during his musical, the Producers. I also laughed during Avenue Q ; but my laughter was more restrained because the dialogue was not as pitch perfect clever as the words emanating from the characters in the Producers.

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Wow, thanks for your detailed replies. It sounds like if I go with an open mind I should enjoy myself, and I'm not too far off that median age you mentioned either!

I think I will also struggle with some of the American references as I have no idea who the person you mentioned is. Perhaps I'll need to do a bit of research before I go :o)

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All that you need to know about former child actor Gary Coleman is contained in the first line he sings onstage:

"I'm Gary Coleman, from TV's 'Diff'rent Strokes. I made a lot of money that got stolen by my folks."

He's a punchline now, a cautionary tale.

In the Broadway and Vegas productions, his appearance was even funnier because the role was played by women. In London, I understand he is played by a man. He's still a target for mass schaudenfraude, though. But that's a whole other song, one which I will leave unspoiled for you.

You'll enjoy it!

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You've nailed it in one, Opie. And "Diffr'nt Strokes" aired on several television stations in the U.K. and Ireland. So the allusion to Gary Coleman is not as unfamiliar to older audiences as one might have thought. But British and Irish audiences in their early twenties would not have seen "Diffr'nt Strokes" ; but, if they had a scintilla of intelligence, they would be able to work out the Gary Coleman from the opening line quoted by you.

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Sorry.. that should be 'work out the 'Gary Coleman reference from'...

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