Review Of Avenue Q



Updated 09/07/2005

Avenue Q (CLOSED)

By Chuck Rounds

"Avenue Q" is playing in the Broadway Theatre at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort & Casino. This show won three Tony awards in 2004 for Best Musical, Best Original Score of a Musical, and Best Book of a Musical. Now, it has come to Las Vegas to thrill and amuse the audiences here. It is a delightful production that is "basically" an adult version of "Sesame Street" with puppets and people giving us an "education."

The "Sesame Street" mentality pervades this entire production--from the settings and the delivery to the progression of the story and the characters as they move through obstacles, problems, and solutions. It is an interesting and unique dichotomy to see, what we have known and loved with these types of puppets, a new and different side of them. They have adult problems; they cuss; they have sex. There is no way around it---when we see and hear our puppet friends have sex and cuss, it is hilarious.

"Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q. Avenue Q is about finding a job, losing a job, getting an apartment, getting kicked out of your apartment, falling in love, avoiding commitment, dumping a sweetheart, wanting them back, having a party, fighting a hangover, hiding out, and discovering the world."

Every problem conveniently finds a solution in this puppet/people world. It is not profound. It is not a life changing experience, but it is a tremendous amount of fun.

The songs are expertly and cleverly crafted, and all of the performers have great voices. It is easy to see why this show won so many awards, and why it is loved by so many people. The show is great.

The Broadway Theatre is a beautiful space. It is comfortable, well appointed and is a great place to see the show.

"Avenue Q" is a ‘real’ Broadway play with two acts and an intermission---an oddity in Las Vegas entertainment, but hopefully part of a growth trend in our city. The Broadway play has always been hoped for in this town, but has only succeeded to a moderate degree. The city is expecting several more Broadway shows in the coming months and years, and with the help of "Avenue Q," perhaps they will flourish.

The show is double cast so that the production can have 10 shows a week. The strength of the cast that I saw was superior; which gives me confidence that both casts are strong.

"Avenue Q" will no doubt immediately become part of my "favorite shows in Las Vegas" list. The concept is fun. The music is great, and the acting is wonderful. I look forward to seeing it again.