Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Review: Avenue Q, Liverpool Empire

When Alisha got in touch on Monday and offered me a ticket to see Avenue Q at the Liverpool Empire, I obviously jumped at the chance. 

I'd never actually been to the theatre before, so I figured what better way to 'pop my theatre cherry' than to go see a show with puppets. I didn't research anything to do with Avenue Q so I could go in with absolutely no opinion and no idea of what to expect. Literally, all I knew is that it was an "adults only" show with, what looked like, Muppets.

I met Alisha and Phil in The Northwestern pub in Lime Street Station, because we all got there super early and it was absolutely freezing.  When we finally got through the doors of the Liverpool Empire, it was a bit of a nightmare trying to get Alisha through the crowds in her wheelchair. No-one seemed to be paying attention! We finally got to our seats and got settled. Now, I am aware that I have a giant ass, and I don't consider myself particularly tall (5ft6), but there was NOWHERE TO PUT MY DAMN LEGS. I sat for most of the night jamming my leg into the seat in front of me just so I had a little more space.

I know what you're thinking: Puppets and songs at the theatre? Totally family friendly - right?

Nope.


I should've figured that out when I passed a sign on the way in saying "Warning: Strong language and puppet nudity"! With musical numbers like "The Internet (is for porn)" and "Everyone's a little bit racist", and characters like Mrs Thistletwat and Lucy the Slut, it is definitely not for children or prudes.  I grew up watching Sesame Street, and honestly, I'll never look at the Muppets the same away again. I don't want to give anything away about the show, but I will say it is absolutely brilliant. It's hilarious, catchy and has particularly bizarre scenes of puppet sex (don't ask, just go see it).  I also want to give credit to Sarah Harlington (Kate Monster/Lucy) and Richard Lowe (Princeton/Rod).  Their voices were absolutely stunning, and they both were the real standouts of the night. The whole cast gave a side-splitting, engaging, and obviously very passionate performance.

Unsurprisingly, Avenue Q won TONY awards for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. If you're 16+ and curious, looking to impress someone with something fun on a first date, or just in need of something to do in the evening, I would absolutely recommend going to see Avenue Q. Follow them on twitter during their UK tour, and click here to get yourself some tickets. They're only in Liverpool until 27th February, so get a wiggle on!


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