It’s Avenue Q time – ‘yay let’s get some beer!’
The internationally renowned Sell A Door Theatre Company who have produced in excess of 50 productions to date present the highly successful award-winning Avenue Q.
Sell A Door state on their website ‘from the very outset the company’s aim has been to make its work accessible to all and to encourage a new generation of theatregoers.‘ What a great choice of musical to assist them in achieving this goal. Penned by Robert Lopez (who went on to co create The Book of Mormon and more recently wrote the songs for Disney’s Frozen along with his wife Kirsten Anderson Lopez) and Jeff Marx it is inevitable that Avenue Q would turn out to be irresistibly funny, heartfelt, full of catchy tunes that you can’t shake off for days and hilarious puppets that are terribly naughty, yet deliciously nice.
It’s astonishing how easily you succumb to the believability of the puppets and the emotions that you feel are real. The Bad Idea Bears in particular sweep you along you to a warm fuzzy place and just as you’re thinking how cute are those bears? They proceed to display the naughtiest of behaviours and the shock factor is huge. Your left caught unawares thinking wow – did that adorable Care Bear like creature really just say….! It’s the cuteness that makes the impact of the naughty bits so effective and the cast do this so well.
Sesame Street it isn’t so check the content before considering taking a minor, it is aimed at a young adult audience.
This is an excellent production and no less than one would expect from a theatre company that brings so many shows a year to life. The cast are absolutely outstanding achieving the less is more approach to perfection. Cressida Carre’s direction has breathed new life and pace into an already brilliant show. Puppetry and the actors’ interpretation of the characters has seriously gone up a level and then some in this production. They certainly make the most of the superb songs they get the privilege of performing for a 14 month tour.
This is the first time I have been to Greenwich Theatre – what a fabulous audience who gave a well-deserved standing ovation. How could anyone ever get sick of Avenue Q? London is lucky enough to be their home for the next two weeks, so if you fancy a treat, book a seat while you can. Outstanding stuff!
Review by Nadia Ellerton
A smash hit on Broadway, in the West End and most recently in an acclaimed 2014 UK Tour, award-winning comedy musical Avenue Q is back in 2015, bringing a host of fuzzy friends to theatres across the country, with a press night at Greenwich Theatre on Thursday 14 May.
Featuring the naughtiest puppets in town, brought hilariously to life by an ensemble cast of 11 performers, Avenue Q is a Tony Award-winning musical about growing up, dreaming big, and finding your purpose in life. Avenue Q first opened Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in 2003, before transferring to Broadway later that year where it won three Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. In 2006 it transferred to the West End produced by Cameron Mackintosh, where it ran for five years before touring the UK. Avenue Q is co-created by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Robert Lopez, who also co-created the smash-hit Broadway and West End musical The Book of Mormon. With his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert also co-wrote the songs for Disney’s animated feature Frozen, with his work also seen on television in Scrubs, The Simpsons and Southpark.
Avenue Q is presented by Sell a Door Theatre Company, whose current and forthcoming productions include The History Boys and Britain’s Got Bhangra on UK Tour.
Friday 15th May 2015