Avenue Q Is In Melbourne And You Need To See It
In 2003, a show called Avenue Q opened on Broadway. I caught the original West End production in 2006 and was, like pretty much everyone, captured and enraptured by the songs, characters and themes – not to mention the performances.
When invited to the 2016 Melbourne production presented by Prince Moo Productions to say I was a little cautious would be an understatement, but I can say that this production is just as brilliant as the one I saw 10 years ago.
There’s a warm familiarity to Avenue Q; the Sesame Street-esque streetscape, puppetry and catchy tunes remind you of more innocent childhood times. The hilarious juxtaposition of sing-along melody with adult themes and lyrics like ‘Everyone’s a little bit racist’, ‘if you were gay it’d be ok’, and ‘The internet is for porn’ give the show laughs. Yet the show is nothing without a strong cast, and the supremely talented ensemble of Avenue Q breathe life and give heart to the human and fabric characters.
Though as a whole the ensemble was brilliant, Sun Park’s portrayal of Chirstmas Eve was one of the standout performances of the night. Park’s characterisation was superb and her performance of ‘The More You Ruv Someone’ was both hilarious and beautiful.
Prince Moo Productions has put together a brilliant production that is not to be missed.
Avenue Q is running until Sunday 14th of October 2016 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.
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