Avenue Q brings its unique brand of “adult themed” humour and songs to The King’s Theatre Edinburgh this week (Monday 27th May to Saturday 1st June) and if you like your humour on the anarchic side of life, then this show is probably for you. Note though that it has a minimum recommended age of 14+.
Winner of the TONY “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.
Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet sexpert), Lucy The Slut and other colourful types who help Princeton finally discover his true purpose in life!
The story is set in Avenue Q, made up of three blocks of apartments that's home to a cast of unique characters. Princeton arrives fresh out of college full of hope and dreams in search of purpose and we are taken on his journey to find it. This award winning musical sets the tone quickly by introducing the main cast with "It Sucks To Be Me" a song about how life sucks. The show takes on topics about life, sexuality, love and, an audience favourite judging by the enthusiastic response, "The internet Is For Porn".
I enjoyed the show very much, it is a love story that covers a lot of the trials of life, it is sometimes rude, a wee bit offensive but in a sweet way and it has puppets swearing and having sex "You Can Be As Loud As The Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love)" which is an on stage first for me. It is definitely not for children and be prepared for adult content.
This show lives up to its awards and hype. I give it 5 stars so go and see it if you get the chance.
Review by Donald Campbell