I saw Avenue Q a few days before it closed and it brought home to me exactly why I was so upset about its closing.
I have always said Avenue Q is a little bit like The Muppet Show gone wild. It’s a typical boy meets girl story, with a lot of laughs thrown in and a puppet sex scene which will make even the filthiest minds blush! The show is laugh after laugh all the way though and leaves you with a big smile on your face.
What I love about the show is that you start out looking at the actors and by the end you’re so caught up in the world of the puppet, you have almost forgotten that the actor is there and the puppet isn’t just an independent object. I saw the show when it originally came to London and have seen it about five times since, but this was my first time seeing anyone other than Julie Atherton as Kate Monster.
Cassidy Janson played an adorable Kate Monster who was both sassy and naive and I have always loved Cassidy’s voice having seen her in Wicked many times. Paired with Paul Spicer as a fantastically fresh Princeton, the two of them shed a new light on Avenue Q. In my opinion there is nothing worse than an actor who plays a role similarly or the same to their predecessor, so it was great to see the two leads played differently.
As always, the supporting cast of the show were hysterical, particularly the Bad Idea Bears. One line in this show that will never fail to send me into hysterics is “You’re losing money in the long run if you don’t buy in bulk.” Tom Parsons played a hilarious Trekkie Monster, picking on a member of the audience during “The Internet is For Porn” which made this normally funny song even funnier!
Needless to say, I cannot wait for this show to tour the UK. Its small set will make it easy enough to tour and I’m sure audiences all over the UK will love the show. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you catch the show as it schleps around the country and give it some well earned support. I hope that one day it will return to the West End.
Here’s one of my favourite Avenue Q Videos