Avenue Q

    
Review by Armina Shepard Hansen

"Full puppet nudity" flashes on the marquee at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. The 2004 Tony-winning Avenue Q has arrived. What a show! People have said it's Sesame Street for grown-ups. I'd have to agree. There's a reason they don't want kids under 12 in
attendance. Led by the incredibly talented Jonathan Root (Princeton, Rod), Brynn O'Mally (Kate Monster) and Rick Lyon (of Sesame Street fame), the cast is superb. Cole Porter plays comedian Brian, Natalie Gray is delightful as his therapist fiancée, Christmas Eve. There are times you forget that there are actors
attached to those puppets. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll tell all of your friends. It's a show worth seeing. Numbers like "It Sucks to be Me" and "Purpose" with brown box puppets as back ground
singers keep you completely entranced by the story.

Writer Jeff Whitty and songwriters Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx have a terrific script and the sets are colorful. There is even a marvelous bubble and fog effect reminiscent of a fantasy movie. Go! You'll have fun. It's one of the most enjoyable shows in the
country.

Avenue Q plays Tuesday through Saturday at 630 & 10pm at the new 1,200 seat Broadway Theatre at the Wynn.