Friday, May 30, 2008

Avenue Q

Recently I was lucky enough to take in the Tony Award winning Broadway play Avenue Q . And it was fantastic. I struggled trying to decide if I should blog about it, because I felt like if I described the story too much, I could potentially ruin the laughs for you, when you saw it. That's how good it was - I don't even want to retell the jokes! I do however, want to break out into a chorus of "The Internet is for Porn!", one of my favourite musical numbers from the show. See, now I've told you too much.

This is the synopsis offered on the website, and I refuse to say anymore, just in case you get a chance to see it:

AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There's Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fianceƩ Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod -- a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building's superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

I will tell you a few things about the experience. One, I laughed from beginning to end, almost non-stop. Two, Gary Coleman was played by a woman, and it was totally convincing. Three, the grey haired lady beside me laughed throughout as well. Four, I was sad when it ended. Five, I didn't hate the musical numbers. Which says a lot because I hate musicals.

And lastly - these little fellows, the Bad Idea Bears were so adorable, I fell in love with them and plan to have a few Bad Ideas myself this weekend.


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