With hilarious performances by puppets and humans alike, Avenue Q tells the story of college graduate Princeton who, new to a fictional New York neighbourhood, tries to follow his dreams and find his purpose in life alongside his new off the wall friends. Life on Avenue Q is wild and audacious, with vulgar and obscene topics seen throughout the musical, but most importantly it is a hilarious adventure that you will want to be part of!
The smiling puppet faces may deceive you into thinking that you can take your children to this musical, but with songs featuring topics such as being homeless, jobless and watching internet porn, it is definitely not for the kids or the easily offended!
Evening performances for Avenue Q begin at 8pm, Monday to Thursday, and at 8.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Matinees are on Fridays at 5.30pm and Saturdays at 5pm. The running time for the show is approximately 2 and 15 minutes, including a 15 minute interval.
Avenue Q was originally conceived as a television series in 1999 by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx who wrote the music and lyrics for the show, with the book written by Jeff Whitty. It was then developed as a stage production and opened three years later off Broadway to rave reviews, and then was finally transferred to Broadway in 2003 where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical. It travelled across the pond to perform to audiences in London in June 2006, opening in the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre where it stayed until March 2009. After a year at the Gielgud Theatre, Avenue Q moved to the Wyndham’s Theatre on Charing Cross Road in March 2010 where it remains today. It is now in its 5th successful year and is taking bookings until 30th October 2010.