Touring – reviewed at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London
The puppets are back in one of the naughtiest and funniest musicals around, and they will make you laugh, cringe, gasp and howl as they make their way round the UK.
Avenue Q is set in New York and follows English graduate Princeton as he moves into the city alone with the ambition of finding his purpose. On this journey of discovery, he meets his neighbour Kate Monster and a whole host of highly unique characters who teach him life lessons through ridiculously catchy and OTT songs. Princeton realises how important love and friends are as well as how enjoying the moment is crucial in life.
Lawrence Smith, Cecily Redman, Tom Steedon, Saoiri Oda and Oliver Stanley lead the small cast, alongside Megan Armstrong, Nicholas Mclean, Jasmine Beel, Ellis Dackombe, Chloe Gentles and Robbie Noonan. Each company member is outstanding and they provide an amazing ensemble performance that is strangely realistic in this wacky world of Avenue Q.
Special mention must go to Redman as Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut (yes, really) who is utterly wonderful. She has one of the most beautiful tones and clearest voices I’ve ever heard and it was a real treat to see her perform in such a technically strong and well thought out way.
Cressida Carré has directed this show with a gentle hand and really lets the songs and characters shine. From the simple but highly effective set design (Richard Evans) to the powerful lighting (Charlie Morgan Jones) and fantastically designed puppets (Paul Jomain) everything has been so well put together and makes the whole show feel extremely cohesive.
So much of this production is highly memorable and the entire cast and crew have done a fantastic job in engaging the audience through the fantastic show and contemporary themes. This is a show which instills joy and celebrates amazing performers. If you miss out on this show, it’ll really “suck to be you”!
Avenue Q is at the New Wimbledon Theatre until February 9th before continuing it’s tour around the country.
*production photos are of previous Avenue Q tour*