Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Jason Moore
Starring Anika Larsen, Robert McClure, Angela Ai, David Benoit, Danielle K. Thomas, Cole Porter and Maggie Lakis
Puppets conceived by Rick Lyon
At the Elgin Theatre until Aug. 31
Avenue Q won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical, and for good reason. The show is a marvel of laugh-out-laugh parody encased in whimsy.
The concept is wonderfully innovative. The creators took the format of the children’s show Sesame Street, with its morally uplifting lessons told by a mix of real people and humans, but instead of politically correct sweetness and light, the tales depicted are adult and mordant. Despite the puppets, this is not a show for children.
The denizens of Avenue Q are dysfunctional modern age people who deal with blighted romance, unemployment, racism and general malaise. The soft-rock lyrics are absolutely delicious, and at times, their sentiments border on outrageous.
The really good news is that the national touring cast is first-rate making this show top Broadway quality in terms of production values.
If you want a really good laugh this summer, see this very clever show.
Avenue Q continues at the Elgin Theatre until Aug. 31.