Ranked just outside of the top 20 longest running shows in Broadway history, witty adults-only musical Avenue Q will make its way to Tasmania for nine shows in October.
If Avenue Q was to be described in only a few words, the best description would probably be finding the dark side of Sesame Street.
The musical, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (who wrote the music and lyrics), is aimed to shock and entertain audiences aged over 16, pairing colourful Sesame Street-like puppets with heavy adult themes such as racism and homosexuality.
First opening in March 2003, the show was quickly snapped up and transferred to Broadway in July the same year where it enjoyed great success with two national tours, Las Vegas and West End productions and an array of international shows.
The musical won three Tony Awards in 2004 for Best Musical (beating out Broadway smash Wicked), Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.
It has also received favourable reviews with the New York Times commenting that Avenue Q is "savvy, sassy and eminently likable…".
The New Yorker wrote in its review from August 2003: "…'Avenue Q' (at the Golden) has so much to recommend it—an exceptionally gifted cast, a strong book by Jeff Whitty, with equally strong music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, and the splendid direction of Jason Moore—that to focus on the highs in the production is rather like begging at a banquet when one’s plate and cup are full to overflowing."
Avenue Q will be showing at the Earl Arts Centre in Launceston from October 11 to October 20, with tickets $30 or for groups of more than ten $27. You can get your tickets now from the Theatre North website.