Ring in the New Year with Avenue Q

by on December 19, 2014

WALK’N BROADWAY

 

“LONGEST RUNNING SHOWS ON BROADWAY AND MORE”

 

directed by Dennis Lickteig

Music Direction by Ben Prince 

Puppet Direction by Allison Daniel 

Orchestrations & Arrangements 

by Stephen Oremus  

 

AVENUE – Q-AWESOME – 

WOW/WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST 

 

Having seen Avenue Q before with the Broadway cast, I must say that this group is every bit as good as the original. Perhaps better.  The puppets (hand held and manipulated by humans) are totally impressive. If you can’t laugh out loud, as most every one does – you will at least have a smile on your face during the outrageous during the fast paced show.

It’s Spiky-Drowsy-Chaperone- Dazzling- O.K. to be Gay during the fast paced evening. You’ll love songs like “The Internet is for Porn” – it will certainly make you sit up in your seat. But if sex and race jokes bother, then this show is NOT for you.

But this happy go lucky cast do two (or more vocal parts. They are so irresistible, that you will find yourself humming and singing the tunes during intermission. Even when I left – people were humming the songs on the street. Yeh – it’s catch, hip, wicked and amazingly funny. All the songs are wicked and beyond parodies. Here is a sample lyric: “You Can Be as Loud when you’re making Love”. Keep in mind this isn’t Sesame Street – it’s Avenue “Q”.

Every song has a message. Here’s one that everyone loved: – It’s O.K. to be Gay.” Most musicals have pointless contrived words – not so with Avenue Q. All the songs have great meaning important to the individuals on the stage. And believe me – they’re never dull moments – but, of course there are some gross-out moments. Even puppets has simulated sex on stage. The highly unusual Gary Coleman is the centerpiece of the show. Rod and Nicky are a riff on Bert and Ernie, while Trekkie Monster bears the distinctive voice and disposition of Cookie Monster. And there is – a kinda sort of  “full puppet nudity” – Tsk, Tsk.  

The score is groundbreaking gleefully bawdy earl pop rock music. One of the most fantastic puppets is “Lucy the Slut” who turns to religion. Yes – she does a complete turn-a-round. So to speak. 

This fast play thinks that everyone on the stage is really crazy on a charming roller-coaster ride! They are right. There is even Trekkie Monster. Puppet and human bring us the most terrific musical that I’ve seen in years. Your satisfaction is guaranteed Puppet nudity – and puppet sex)! 


HERE ARE THE BEST TALENTED ACTORS AND PUPPETEERS IN THE THE CITY


CAST: Teresa Attridge – Will Giammona – Paige Mayes – Christopher Morrell – Hayley Nystrom – Zac Schuman and Stephanie Temple   


BEST CREATIVE TEAM: Rory David – Emilio Racinez – Kuo-Hao Lo – Christian V. Mejia – Wes Crain – Devin Kasper and Lori Fowler. THE SETS – THE THEATER – AND THE HEARTFELT AND IMAGINATIVE FUN SHOW- WOW and another WOW! 

 

“IT’S GOT TO BE YOU!******SIX STARS”  

 

New Conservatory Theatre Center

 

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Buzzin’ Lee Hartgrave is a longtime theater critic in the San Francisco Bay Area. His reviews appear each Friday in Beyond Chron.

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