21 May 2018

South Africa: Delightfully Naughty Musical Crackles and Delivers


For a potentially lightweight musical, Avenue Q is riddled with serious messages, another of them being don't despair, this isn't all there is, and life will go on to get better. It certainly has for the team who created the show, with a 15-year run on Broadway and various productions playing all over the world.

What sort of musical would you go to see, if you're not the sort of person who goes to see musicals?

That was one of the starting points that delivered Avenue Q, a delightfully naughty, sweary, adult musical played out by puppets singing clever songs about the joys and tribulations of real life.

Gleeful energy crackles throughout this show, with its cast of cute and furry puppet people trying to find jobs, money, and the more elusive love and a purpose for even existing while navigating racism and homophobia. On the way they discover the truism that being kind to others is the best way of being kind to yourself. In other words, it's malleable, foam-mouthed millenniums having an existential crisis.

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