Street wise puppets come of age
Avenue Q, Abbey Theatre, Nuneaton, until April 29.
In fact their vocal range is so great that I spent the first half of the show firmly believing several of the characters had some hidden squeak-box gadget helping to raise their tones to a higher pitch. Because they have to sound like puppets.
In this case Princeton, superbly manipulated and sung by Richard Baldwin, is sidetracked via his entanglements with Kate Monster (Jenny Jennings), Lucy the Slut (Jenny Chappell) and his teddy bear demons, Zoe Kemp and Laura Warwick.
I loved Jenny Jennings' singing of Kate, especially "There's A Fine Line", while Jenny Chappell had a whale of a time with slutty Lucy. Meanwhile, Trekkie Monster (David Hellyer) regales the audience with his personal anthem: "The Internet is for Porn", while Rod (Tom Kerby) and Nicky (Ethan Hopkins) question whether they might be gay.
What is for everyone aged five upwards is the special matinee, Adventures In Time and Musicals, at 2.30pm on April 29th. This features Disney tunes and a hunt for the same great Sesame Street puppets before NAODS has to hand them back.