Catch uP: Avenue Q

25 07 2009



When I heard last week that Avenue Q was closing, my immediate reaction was “WHAT?”

I am very particular in which Broadway shows I deem worthy of seeing. I don’t mean to sound snobbish, but having been involved in theater for more than half my life and constantly surrounding myself with actors and actresses,  if I shell out $100+ to see a show, it had better be good. If I actually pay to see it twice, that is really saying something.  To this day I have only seen three Broadway shows more than once: Fosse, because the great Ben Vereen and Ann Reinking closed the show, Jersey Boys, because my husband and I both took our parents on two separate occasions, and Avenue Q because it’s brilliant.

For those who write it off as “a pornographic puppet show,” perhaps you should spend your money on South Pacific or some other boring old classic.  Avenue Q is witty, tender and outrageously funny. Is it for kids under 13? Absolutely not! But with a soundtrack of hits including “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “It Sucks to be Me” and “The Internet is for Porn,” it’s the most daring show on Broadway, not to mention the most resonant.

I urge you to support this wonderful little show that beat out the overplumped and underwhelming “Wicked” for the Tony award.  You’ve got ’til September 13 (my anniversary!) to be a part of pure Broadway magic.

Here’s a great clip from the Tony Awards: