STAGE REVIEW: Avenue Q @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House (16.04.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Having first won Broadway audience’s hearts in 2003, it’s incredible just how relevant and fresh Avenue Q has remained.

Telling the tale of Princeton, a recent graduate (who happens to be a puppet monster) who moves to the poorest of poor neighbourhoods and befriends a whole host of charming characters, the Sesame Street meets South Park formula continues to entertain, amuse and capture the hearts of fans everywhere, especially tonight on the second of a two-night stint at Tyne Theatre & Opera House.

With puppets and puppeteers working side-by-side, it’s a new cast of actors since the last showing here in 2012 but there’s no less considerable talent involved.  With a fairly basic set consisting of the front face of an apartment block, and a dozen characters including three humans and a whole host of monsters, the Saturday evening crowd are treated to tunes that have written themselves into musical folklore.  Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist and The Internet Is For Porn have the audience in stitches as much as There’s A Fine, Fine Line tugs at the heartstrings of even the most hardened cynics.

The inevitable but no less amusing and emotional scene of Rod’s coming out brings whoops of joy from viewers at the front, and just goes to show that there’s still a lot of life in the furry residents of Avenue Q after more than a dozen years.

 

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