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Avenue Q @ The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham 16-20 September 2014

Avenue Q was a smash hit on Broadway, in the West End and worldwide and this award winning comedy musical comes to the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham from 16-20 September. Avenue Q UK Tour is brought to us courtesy of the Sell A Door Theatre Company who are on a mission to make live theatre attractive to the screen-addicted social network generation and is in the final weeks of a six month national tour.

Featuring most definitely the naughtiest puppets you will ever see on a stage, the musical brought hilariously to life by an ensemble cast of 11 performers.  Tony Award winning, it tells the tale of growing up, dreaming big and finding your purpose in life.

Meet Princeton, a bright-eyed graduate who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Soon discovering that the only neighbourhood in his price range is Avenue Q, he finds himself moving in with some truly quirky characters…

There’s Brian, the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiancee Christmas Eve, Nicky the good hearted slacker and his closet gay Republican roommate Rod, an internet ‘sex-pert’ called Trekkie Monster and a very cute kindergarden teacher named Kate Monster, And would you believe that the building’s superintendent is one Gary Coleman (of ‘Different Strokes’ fame) ? Featuring hilariously funny songs including ‘The Internet is for Porn ‘ and “Everyone is a Little Bit Racist’, Avenue Q is hilarious musical with a truly warm (and definitely) fuzzy heart.

Avenue Q may have opened Off-Broadway over a decade ago but the themes it deals with are still very real, and at times poignant, today. Think Sesame Street for adults, with some very naughty puppets – the plot takes us across a range of issues such as racism, sex, homosexuality, homelessness and a person’s purpose in life – all taken on with a quirky offbeat humour through some amazing puppetry skills. Brain and and his ‘oriental’ fiancee Christmas Eve are the only humans – all the other characters are puppets (operated by people who you soon forget are on stage) and you become enveloped into this bizarre but hilarious take on some very serious issues. As we follow them through their trials and tribulations (that you can associate with real life) we are also introduced to the VERY cute and VERY naughty Bad Idea Bears – who are like VERY naughty children goading Princeton and Kate Monster to misbehave, which leads to some disastrous results.

If you fancy a different experience – with that association of TV from days gone by (from Sesame Street to Different Strokes) and want to laugh and sing along to the catchiest of songs, superb puppetry skills and a night of true naughtiness than this one is for you. It’s on at the New Alexandra Theatre until 20th September 2014 – can them while you can.