Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Her name is Alberta, She lives in Vancouver

Rejoice! Avenue Q is coming to Toronto!

If you don't know why this is exciting news, you should probably go check out some videos. I saw the show on Broadway in 2005, and it was fantastic. The whole concept is incredibly clever, the cast does an amazing job as puppeteers and actors simultaneously, and the songs are brilliantly funny.

Oddly enough, I was quite recently musing about the unlikelihood of this very happening. I figured that we'd never see Avenue Q mounted here because much of its humour is quite mature [1] and, occasionally, a little puzzling to those who don't hail from New York. [2] What with the mixed success of musical theatre in Toronto lately, it just didn't seem like a safe bet.

Well, it seems there's a new theatre company in town looking to shake things up a bit. Great, I can't wait! Actually, I guess I'll have to, since the month-long run won't start until July 29, 2008. Fortunately, they're planning a number of Broadway hit before then, starting this September.

And, there's always a certain movie to look forward to...

[1] This includes graphic puppet sex.
[2] Even the name of the show is based on New York geographical trivia.


Karyn said...

Nice footnotes!

Dave said...

Thanks! That means a lot coming from you. Your footnotes are amazing.

Stuart said...

Oh the peer pressure! So, um, I finally watched those clips, and found some other stuff... You'll be relieved (perhaps) that I like what I see :-)

Dave said...

Yay! I don't suppose you found the song that I'm quoting in the title of this post, did you? It's got quite a fantastic ending!