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Avenue Q is in Blackpool
« on: June 06, 2016, 10:55:18 PM »
Avenue Q the very popular show fresh from World wide sell out tours has arrived at The  Blackpool Winter Gardens & Opera House...

Winner of the Tony Awards Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.

Following five years in the West End and sell-out runs worldwide (packed with mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness) this hugely entertaining show is hitting the road on a brand new tour!

Created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of Book of Mormon and writer of the songs for Disney’s Frozen) Avenue Q is an irresistibly charming musical which tells the story of the loveable characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues.

Hilarious, cheeky and uproariously entertaining, with a terrific batch of songs performed by a cast of hugely talented performers and puppets, Avenue Q is the musical like no other.

So don’t let your life suck - book your tickets today!

Suitable for audiences 14+

So whats the background to Avenue Q.. ?:tongue_smilie:

Avenue Q's unique presentation requires substantially more suspension of disbelief by audience members than normal. The cast consists of three human characters and eleven puppet characters who interact as if human, Sesame Street-style. The puppets are animated and voiced by actor/puppeteers who are present, unconcealed, onstage, but remain "invisible" relative to the storyline. That is, the puppets and human characters completely ignore the puppeteers, and the audience is expected to do so as well. This can be a challenge, as puppeteering mechanics are at times complex: The same puppet may be operated by different puppeteers in different scenes, and the actor voicing the puppet may not be the one animating it. (To assist in the illusion the puppeteers wear plain gray clothing, in contrast to the human characters' colorful costumes.) One puppeteer sometimes voices two or more puppets simultaneously. Conversely, the so-called "live-hands" puppets (see Puppets) require two puppeteers — again, in full view of the audience.
The show draws considerable inspiration from Sesame Street and substantially imitates its format. Marx interned at the program early in his career, and all four of the original cast's principal puppeteers—John Tartaglia, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jennifer Barnhart and Rick Lyon—were Sesame Street performers. (D'Abruzzo returned to Sesame Street after leaving Avenue Q. Three of the puppet characters are direct, recognizable parodies of classic Sesame Street puppets: Roommates Rod and Nicky are a riff on Bert and Ernie, while Trekkie Monster bears the distinctive voice and disposition of Cookie Monster, though not his obsession with baked goods. (The production officially disclaims any connection with either Sesame Workshop or The Jim Henson Company.
All of the characters, puppet and human, represent "amalgamations of things and feelings [Marx and Lopez had been] going through personally." The characters are young adults, searching for their "purpose" in life, and facing real-world adult problems with uncertain outcomes, as opposed to the simplistic problems and invariably happy resolutions faced by characters on children's television programming. Much of the show's ironic humor arises from its contrasts with Sesame Street, a metaphor of the contrasts between childhood and adulthood, and between the children's TV world and the real world. The story line presupposes the existence of "monsters" and talking animals; and human actors sing, dance, and interact with puppets, both human and non-human, as if they were sentient beings, in a light-hearted, quasi-fantasy environment. (No attempt is made to explain why seven of the human characters are played by puppets, while the other three are played by actual humans.) However, the characters face real-world problems; they use abundant profanity in dialogue and musical lyrics; there are episodes of "full puppet nudity" (and puppet sex); and many songs and sub-plots address decidedly adult themes, such as racism, pornography, homosexuality, and schadenfreude.
The show also employs a highly unusual plot device: a real-life celebrity inserted as a fictional character within the story. Gary Coleman, the juvenile actor who played Arnold Jackson in the 1980s American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, and later famously sued his parents and business advisers over misappropriation of his assets, is portrayed (by a woman in most productions) as an adult, forced to accept a job as a building superintendent in the run-down Avenue Q neighborhood due to his dire financial situation. The show's creators have explained this trope as an illustration of "one of the most important themes in Avenue Q...that life isn't as easy as we've been led to believe...and who better to symbolize the oh-so-special-as-a-kid/but-not-so-special-as-an-adult thing we all faced than Gary Coleman? He's practically the poster child."
Marx and Lopez have also said that they originally intended to offer the Gary Coleman role to Coleman himself, and he expressed interest in accepting it; but he never showed up for a meeting scheduled to discuss it. Coleman later threatened repeatedly to sue Avenue Q producers for their depiction of him, but ultimately did not.
When Coleman died on May 28, 2010, casts of both the Off-Broadway production in New York City and the second national tour in Dallas dedicated that evening's performances to his memory. The Coleman character remains in the show with modified dialogue.

I was privileged to of attended the official media launch of this amazing musical.. :thumbup1:

Reflecting on this amazing award winning show I left the theatre wanting more as I thoroughly enjoyed Avenue Q..
It covers every day to day topical issues in a very simple format with honesty being the key..

The set is basically 3 houses that make up Avenue Q..

These 3 house's are fully interactive and works incredibly well with the puppets and the actors..
Avenue Q does not beat about the bush, it really does tell it as it is, if you are easily upset by sexual connotations or strong language, Country File is on BBC1 on Sunday and on BBC2 you have Spring Watch.. :tongue_smilie: :w00t:

The characters are immensely funny, Lucy the Slut and Rodney the Republican Closet Gay made me roll on the floor with laughter.. :w00t: :w00t: :w00t: :w00t:

In all my years and as a middle age Man.. :w00t: I thought that I would never see the day that two puppets would have hard core sex live on stage..( Tastefully done ) so funny.. :tongue_smilie:

It was surreal, it even had Gary Coleman from Different Strokes as the Maintenance Person taking care of Avenue Q..

Interval refreshments made the experience even better.. :tongue_smilie:


I wont ruin the show for people, but if you dont book took to see it, trust me you will regret it.. :thumbup1:

Due to copyright restrictions I was not allowed to photograph the show, so go and see it..!

I just want to mention at the end of the show, there was a proposal live on stage..I did sneak a mobile phone picture  :wub: :wub:

A standing ovation at the end.. :thumbup:

A huge thank you to The Blackpool Winter Gardens & Opera House, to Mr Anthony Williams, and to Rhodes Media.. :thumbup1:

Thank you for reading..

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