Avenue Q : The Musical – The Centre in Vancouver – February 1, 2011
The touring production of the long running Broadway and Off-Broadway hit has made its way to Vancouver for 6 shows only. Opening tonight and running until Saturday February 5th (playing nightly plus matinee on Saturday) I highly recommend checking it out.
Set in a New York City where puppets and people live together in perfect harmony…ok, so at times not so harmoniously…in an apartment building on Avenue Q. The tenants cover all walks of life; humans Brian and his Japanese fiancée Christmas Eve, Kate Monster (a puppet), Roommate puppets Rod & Nicky, Trekkie Monster (a bit of a reclusive porn addict) and newcomer Princeton (a fresh-faced college graduate puppet). Watching over the tenants is Superintendent Gary Coleman, of Different Strokes child actor fame. This character was presumably intended to mock the plight of the child star but since his passing has become more of homage.
Hilarious music and lyrics along with some ‘full puppet nudity’ lift this musical about real-life situations into an extraordinary fun filled two hours. You’ll never look at puppets the same way again!
Although this opening night production had a couple of small technical glitches it’s still very worth seeing…try to catch this unique musical before it’s gone. Look for tickets from The Centre In Vancouver online.