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Guide to the comedy "Avenue Q"
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This page is a brief guide to the musical comedy Avenue Q. This was first performed in New York in 2002, moved into a Broadway theatre in July 2003 (winning three Tony Awards in 2004 for Best Musical, Best Original Score of a Musical and Best Book of a Musical). It opened in London's West End in June 2006, originally at the Noël Coward Theatre. It moved to the Gielgud Theatre, and then to the Wyndham's Theatre from May 2010 until October 2010.

Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg  (c) Avenue Q
Members of the cast

Avenue Q (book)
Publisher: Hyperion
Date: November 2006

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The performance lasts about 2 hours 15 minutes (including a 15 minute interval).

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In a Downtown New York neighbourhood, a bright-eyed college graduate called Princeton is looking for a new place to live on Avenue Q. With a tiny bank balance, he is about to come face to face with the realities of life. A variety of weird and wonderful new friends help lead Princeton on a hilarious journey of self-discovery ...

Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg  (c) Avenue Q
Actors appear on stage with their puppets

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The main characters are as follows:

Princeton: a graduate who is looking for a job and direction for his life
Rod: an investment banker with a secret
Nicky: Rod's less successful friend




Trekkie Monster: a monster who loves internet pornography
Kate Monster: a young romantic teaching assistant who dreams of setting up a school for monsters

Trekkie Monster

Kate Monster

Mrs Thistletwat ("Mrs T"): Kate's boss at school: a fierce and very conservative teacher
The Bad Idea Bears: A couple of bears who tempt Princeton to do things that may not be wise ...
Lucy The Slut: a sexy girl who men find irresistable

Mrs Thistletwat

The Bad Idea Bears

Lucy the Slut

Gary: a handyman who used to be a child TV star
: an unsuccessful comedian
Christmas Eve
: Brian's oriental girlfriend, who wants to marry Gary and to work as a therapist


Christmas Eve and Brian

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Humour: Expect lots of adult jokes.
Age: This production is aimed at adults (it contains scenes which may be unsuitable for children under 12, and children under 5 are not admitted). The appeal may be greatest for people in their 20's or 30's.
Music: There are comic songs throughout the performance.
Language: To understand the jokes you should be a fluent speaker of English.

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The musical's soundtrack contains the following songs (some of these contain explicit lyrics):

1. Avenue Q Theme
2. What Do You Do With A BA In English/It Sucks To Be Me
3. If You Were Gay
4. Purpose
5. Everyone's A Little Bit Racist
6. Internet Is For Porn
7. Mix Tape
8. I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today
9. Special
10. You Can Be As Loud As The Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love)
11. Fantasies Come True
12. My Girlfriend Who Lives In Canada
13. There's A Fine Fine Line
14. There Is Life Outside Your Apartment
15. More You Ruv Someone
16. Schadenfreude
17. I Wish I Could Go Back To College
18. Money Song
19. School For Monsters/The Money Song
20. There's A Fine Fine Line/What Do You Do With A BA In English

Avenue Q - The Musical [Soundtrack] (CD)
(note: there are explicit lyrics)
Artists: Original Broadway cast
Label: SonyBMG
Date: July 2006

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