What do you do with a B.A. in English? That is the question College graduate asks himself when he moves to Avenue Q, jobless and penniless. Hey, it is a legitimate question. All those 'transferrable' skills we were told would be so useful, don't actually get you anywhere. Maybe he should start writing for Weekend Notes. Do we accept puppets?
Avenue Q is an all singing, all comedy musical set in New York, and the leading cast are all puppets. Are you sure that's not Sesame Street, I hear you ask? Or maybe the Muppets? Well it is pretty darn close.
Written by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, the musical made its Broadway debut in 2003, and its West End premiere in 2006. Now the show is having a London revival, where it will be performed until the 11th May at Greenwich Theatre.
Avenue Q an an autobiographical coming of age parable that satirises the anxieties and dilemmas faced in early adulthood. In Sesame Street children are taught that they are special, in Avenue Q, you discover being special isn't worth two beans in the real world.
Princeton is full of dreams, and desperate to discover his purpose in life. He has no strings to be pulled, but constantly has someone's hand up his backside, telling him what to do. Will he make it big in the city, and finally find the freedom he's after?
Tickets to the show are £21-£26 or £17.50-£23.50 concessions. It is filled with hilarious songs that don't care how politically correct they are (If you were Gay, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist, The Internet is for Porn), and even if you've listened to them on Youtube a hundred times over, there's nothing like seeing it sung by a puppet.