Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

Review: Avenue Q - The Musical, By Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty, CBM Theatre, Spa Pavilion, May 18-20

PUBLISHED: 12:54 20 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:54 20 May 2017

Avenue Q takes the safe world of The Muppets and Sesame Street and transplants it into a dilemma filled, very grown-up reality. But, they still have great songs! Picture: WILL DOWE

Avenue Q takes the safe world of The Muppets and Sesame Street and transplants it into a dilemma filled, very grown-up reality. But, they still have great songs! Picture: WILL DOWE

Copyright 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Take the loveable puppets from Sesame Street, throw them into adult life – and you’ll end up in the quirky, irreverent – and hilarious - world of Avenue Q.

Avenue Q takes the safe world of The Muppets and Sesame Street and transplants it into a dilemma filled, very grown-up reality. But, they still have great songs! Picture: WILL DOWE Avenue Q takes the safe world of The Muppets and Sesame Street and transplants it into a dilemma filled, very grown-up reality. But, they still have great songs! Picture: WILL DOWE

If those furry puppets taught us how to spell and be a caring young person, their equally cute pals who live on Avenue Q take us through the disappointments, frustrations and anxieties of adult life: relationships, work, money and prejudice.

These puppets enjoy energetic and varied sex, they get drunk, betray each other and worry about where their lives are heading. Don’t be fooled by the fur: this is not a show for children!

When it opened in 2003, Avenue Q won the Tony Awards ‘Triple Crown’ for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, plus a coveted Grammy. Now this acclaimed show has arrived at The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe.

Director Nathan Cant has assembled a multi-talented cast for this extremely strong production. The puppets are skilfully manipulated by actors Wade Ablitt, Natasha Staffieri, Cant himself (who has a voice that gloriously channels Frank Oz), Hayley Gavin and Betty Charlton. Their characters include a closeted gay banker, a Miss Piggy like sex-goddess called Lucy the Slut, a homely kindergarten assistant called Kate Monster, and our hero Princeton - a bright-eyed, unemployed English Lit graduate, played with endearing perkiness by Ablitt. Ashley Betts and Tasha Abbott play the human couple who happily interact with their furry neighbours.

Avenue Q takes the safe world of The Muppets and Sesame Street and transplants it into a dilemma filled, very grown-up reality. But, they still have great songs! Picture: WILL DOWE Avenue Q takes the safe world of The Muppets and Sesame Street and transplants it into a dilemma filled, very grown-up reality. But, they still have great songs! Picture: WILL DOWE

A series of cheery musical numbers teach us some important life lessons: Everyone’s a Little Bit Rascist, and The Internet is for Porn. Educational videos introducing the concept of a ‘purpose’ and a ‘one night stand’ are Sesame-Street perfect!

And just as we think we know where the show is heading, Lopez and Marx throw in an emotional ballad that is genuinely moving, There’s A Fine, Fine Line, sung superbly by Natasha Staffieri as the heartbroken Kate.

Having started from the premise that “life sucks”, the feel-good ending reassures us that “everyone’s a little bit unfulfilled”.You’ll leave the theatre singing the songs – just be careful where you sing them!

Helen Clarke

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Locations in Ipswich have emerged as the latest sets to feature in the new series of BBC series Detectorists – with one even doubling for London.

Movies that tell a good story and have engaging characters provide that all-important re-watch value necessary for a great film. Arts editor Andrew Clarke presents a series of idiosyncratic suggestions for movies which may entertain if you are in the mood for something different.

The Christmas lights in Ipswich were switched on last night, November 16 - we asked people in the town what they thought of the switch-on.

Ed Sheeran has shared a video of himself playing music as a child as part of his collaboration with charity Hope and Homes for Children charity.

Pop on your Christmas jumper and get ready to feel festive at one of these Suffolk and north Essex Christmas markets.

The Dragons’ Den star will be visiting Suffolk next year.

Star Wars has become a welcome cash cow for the cinema industry. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke worries that the announcement of a yet another new trilogy will undermine the quality of this culturally important film series

Essex-artist Grayson Perry opens a new exhibition at Firstsite this weekend. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at a spectacular show celebrating the life of Essex every woman Julie Cope

An all-star cast will take to the stage of the Ipswich Regent to perform Jack and The Beanstalk.

Strictly Come Dancing Star, Giovanni Pernice, is set to host a show in Felixstowe.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24