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Avenue Q: Hilarious & Brilliant

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This puppet show musical will rip your laugh muscles apart!

We had the privilege to see the brilliant Avenue Q at the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino, and it is undoubtedly the most fun we've had since seeing Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The humour is for adults and will take you on a tour of some very awkward but very relevant and true problems you face as an adult.

In 2004 on Broadway, against all the odds, a little show called AVENUE Q snatched 3 Tony™ Awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical from a monster hit, WICKED. This year, VR Theatrical and Kosie Smit are proud to present that triple Tony™ Winner toJohannesburg audiences.

The Broadway production was described as ‘equal parts puppetry, comedy and catchy tunes’. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud comedy musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it is clear that this is not your ordinary neighbourhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

TV Programmes like Sesame Street in America and Takalani Sesame here in South Africa teach values and life-skills to young children through the use of puppetry and songs. AVENUE Q applies the same principle by teaching real-life lessons and broaching hard-todiscuss adult topics such as racism, pornography and a whole lot more in an entertaining and colourful manner!

The South African premiere was Directed and Choreographed by Timothy le Roux, with Musical Direction by Dawid Boverhoff. Kosie Smit is tasked with Puppet Creation as well as Scenic Design. Lighting Design is by Oliver Hauser. Le Roux said: “The all South African cast were put through their paces at auditions late last year. In musical theatre jargon the term ‘triple threat’ is often used to describe a person who is good at acting, singing and dancing. What makes this piece of theatre unique is that it includes all that - plus puppetry skills, which requires intensive training for our actors.”

The cast features stellar performers: Ashleigh Harvey as Kate Monster/Lucy, Clive Gilson as Princeton/Rod, Daniel Geddes as Nicky/Trekkie Monster, Grant Towers as Brian, Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri as Gary Coleman, Rebecca Hartle as Christmas Eve, Nieke Lombard as Bad Idea Bear, Graeme Wicks as Bad Idea Bear and Songezo Khumalo will fulfill various Understudy Roles. Actors operate the puppets in full view of the audience, using both their hands while singing, acting and dancing.

AVENUE Q contains scenes which may be unsuitable for children under 16. Children under 5 will not be admitted!