Reviewed by Helen Noble
AVENUE Q – LAUGH OUT LOUD MUSICAL PUPPET ENTERTAINMENT FOR ADULTS!
Created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (Co-creator of Book of Mormon).
From the producers of Footloose, Flashdance and American Idiot.
Lawrence Smith – Princeton / Rod
Cecily Redman – Kate Monster / Lucy the Slut
Tom Steedon – Nicky / Trekkie Monster / Bad Idea Bear
Megan Armstrong – Mrs T / Bad Idea Bear / 2nd Arm
Oliver Stanley – Brian
Saori Oda – Christmas Eve
Nicholas Mclean – Gary Coleman
Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate Monster (the girl next door), but will Princeton finally discover his true purpose in life?
The stage is set with the Avenue Q apartments that have clever drop-down windows, ceiling drop props, televisions and lighting which all give you the perspective of different scenery.
At the start I thought it was strange seeing the cast with the puppets on stage but once it was in full flow your eyes focus into the puppets and the people behind them fade into the background. The actors and puppets are always in sync and they make it look effortless which takes a lot of skill.
It’s a show featuring rude songs and outrageous jokes that touch on issues from internet pornography, racism, being gay and live puppet sex. In fact, it is very true to life.
Cecily Redman is exceptional as Kate Monster and Lucy The Slut! (No I am not making that up!). There is fabulous definition between the voice and personalities of the characters, especially when they talk to each other. She has an immense singing voice.
Saori Oda has great fun as Christmas Eve, she comes from Japan and is Brian’s fiancée. After moving to the U.S, she worked in a Korean deli for a while, before becoming a therapist with two Masters degrees. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have any clients for most of the show. In Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist, it is revealed that she is also racist, like everyone else on Avenue Q. She delivers some of the show’s best one-liners that will definitely have you laughing out loud.
Trekkie Monster is very reminiscent of the Cookie Monster, even if it is porn he is fixated on, rather than chocolate chip cookies.
Me and my husband really enjoyed the show, although very different it had us laughing from start to finish.
The Alhambra is a traditional theatre, the main theatre building is modern with bright lights which not only look fabulous but makes the building easy to find. You are welcomed by friendly smiling staff, who are more than happy to help in whatever way they can. Bag searches were carried out on entry into the main foyer. On the ground floor there is a ticket kiosk and a kiosk for purchasing soft drinks and sweets. On the first floor there is an impressive bar/cafe area, also a merchandise kiosk selling production memorabilia. The venue has disabled parking onsite to the left of the buildings entrance it says no entry but there is a buzzer system to allow entry. There are plenty of carparks within a couple of minutes walking distance from the venue, one on Sharpe Street which is just up the hill from the Alhambra, if using an NCP car park if you inform the ticket office on arrival they give you an additional parking ticket to enable a discount on your parking fee.
Tickets cost from £15.50 to £36.50 (booking fees may apply).
Avenue Q is at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford from 26-30 March 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01274 432000.
Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000