Preview: Avenue Q @ Theatre Royal
By Glen Keogh on May 22, 2012 in Stage
After long-running spells on Broadway and London’s West End, the award-winning, hugely successful Avenue Q is embarking on its first UK tour and will take in Newcastle’s Theatre Royal later this month.
If you’re not familiar with the concept, this musical comedy features a cast of performers and puppets causing all sorts of mischief. A swift YouTube search later and I was watching a furry orange creature singing about internet porn. Instantly hooked.
Hilariously controversial and wonderfully colourful, Avenue Q is set on a fictional street in New York and follows Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who has just moved to the neighbourhood and is desperately trying to follow his dreams and discover his ever-elusive purpose in life.
A tiny bank balance, the distraction of a busty blonde and a variety of weird and wonderful friends and neighbours lead him on a story of self-discovery.
Originally conceived as a TV show way back in 1999 by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Avenue Q opened on Broadway three years later and went on to scoop three Tony Awards before transferring to London.
Catch it while you can on its brief run outside the capital from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th May.
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