Ave Q - New York

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Sesame Street for Adults that is.

    

Well I can tell you. Just go to midtown Manhattan hang a left on Broadway then head over to "Ave Q". There you will find a group of friends both of the human and puppet variety. They are telling the story of their daily struggles in a hilarious hit show called "Ave Q".

Playing to sold out audiences most every night. This show strikes a chord with Gen X adults. Full of themes like overeducated, underemployed college graduates with no prospects but plenty of idealism ready to make a big a difference in the world.  Newcomers Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx have written music and lyrics that are one part happy pop anthems and another part filled with self loathing and adult situations, like  "It Sucks To Be Me" , "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist. " and the giggle shocker "You Can Be As Loud As the Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love)."

    


then there's  lonely and single Kate -  personified by Stephanie D'Abruzzo  who has hot puppet sex with Princeton - portrayed by John Tartaglia (Barrett Foa) on the night I attended) with a preppy puppet on his forearm. And Nicky, the closeted-gay accountant - embodied by puppetmaster Rick Lyon - who has a crush on his roommate.

    

Jeff Whitty's book follows the journey of Princeton, the newest arrival on Avenue Q, who wanders onto the only street he can afford and sings, "What do you do with a BA in English?" Animated images on hanging TV screens around the theatre asking questions like , "What's a Purpose?" and explaining things like a one- night stand and even giving  lessons like on Schadenfreude - taking pleasure in someone else's pain.

    

An example of Schadenfreude is written into the story and it's Gary Coleman. His career and lack of career has been made into an official running joke. In "Avenue Q," he's the building super and played by a woman, Natalie Venetia Belcon, who bats her eyes and grins in a caricature of Coleman.

Trekkie Monster is a shut in who doesn't often come out of his flat, but has one of the catchiest songs in the show  "The Internet Is for Porn."  If that doesn't intrigue you then how about the two snuggly Bad-Idea Bears, who, with wide innocent eyes appear from nowhere to encourage everyone to forget their "higher purposes" and have another Long Island Ice Tea. 


     


This hilarious romp whose run keeps getting extended is filled with catchy tunes, full frontal puppet nudity, sex, ethnic and sexual diversity.  As well as important messages like living for the moment, having interspecies tolerance for monsters and lots and lots of laughs.
Directed by Jason Moore
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Choreographer Ken Roberson
Puppets Conceived and Designed by Rick Lyons
Set by Anna Louizos
Costumes by Mirena Rada
Lighting by Howell Binkley
Sound by Acme Sound Partners
Animation Design by Robert Lopez
Music Direction and Incidental Music by Gary Adler

Starring  - Jennifer Barnhart, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Stephanie D'Aruzzo, Jordan Gelber, Ann Harada, Rick Lyon, and John Tartaglia

Playing at the Golden Theatre 252 w. 45th street
AvenueQ.com
Tickets at Telecharge.com/avenueq  -  800 223-7565

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