Avenue Q is a musical-comedy with the music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and book by Jeff Whitty. The story follows Princeton, who just moved into avenue Q, trying to find purpose in his life and as he's trying, many different events happen on the 'block' with few love interests, fall outs and lots of PORN of course! Seeing the posters and looking at the photos from the show you'd think it's a little Sesame Street kind of show.... you are WRONG as the show is known mainly for its approach on topics like racism, homosexuality, and internet pornography. This show is quite hard to direct because you have human actors on stage as well as puppets... yes, puppets operated by actors wearing theatre blacks however this UK Tour of Avenue Q was polished by Cressida Carre and performed incredibly well by the cast making you totally forget you're watching puppets on stage!
The cast of Avenue Q
Lawrence Smith as Princeton
The lead role of Princeton/Rod was performed exceptionally well by Lawrence Smith who stole the show in my opinion with his angelic voice. I really liked Smith's performance as he developed both of his characters so well to the point where you didn't realise that Rod and Princeton were played by the same actor. His vocal tone is (as I mentioned before) one of the most angelic I've heard especially during Princeton's big number "Purpose" in Act One. His love interest; Kate Monster was played beautifully by Cecily Redman who also played Lucy the Sl*t. Redman also developed her characters really well and effectively, and I must admit that I was sat on the edge of my seat during Kate's big Act One finale solo "There's a fine, fine line" as it is definitely one of the hardest musical theatre songs everywritten with a massive belt section and as soon as Redman totally nailed it I sat back in shock as it was simply stunning!
Tom Steedon played Trekkie Monster/ Nicky / Bad Idea Bear and Steedon's performance as Nicky and the Bad Idea Bear was brilliant and awesome however OMG, his performance as Trekkie Monster was unbelievably spectacular and extremely hilarious! I loved every scene Trekkie was in as you knew that something mischievous will happen and what an amazing actor Steedon is with spot on comedic timing and gestures! I also have to mention his helper; Chloe Gentles who played the second Bad Idea Bear, Mrs T and 2nd Arm of Nicky and Trekkie as Gentles probably had the hardest job with not being able to speak but yet still having to react using one arm only. Gentles did an outstanding job and also had great comic timing.
As you might have seen/read before, most of the actors had to play two, three or even four (The talented Chloe Gentles) different characters and the direction of Cressida Carre but most importantly the work that the actors have put in themselves paid off totally as my mum who came to see the show with me was gobsmacked when I was explaining the multi-roling to her because she simply had no clue as each and every character was different, had different voice and moved differently.
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Please note: The show is NOT suitable for anyone under the age of 15