25 September 2005

Avenue Q at last!

Even though puppet stars John Tartaglia, Rick Lyon and Jonathan Root have re-located to Las Vegas, the Avenue Q I saw tonight still shone bright. Original cast member Stephanie D'Abruzzo stole the show, with her outstanding vocal and puppetry skills performing Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut. The musical numbers were hillarious and the combination of actor - live puppeteer worked. It's amaising after all these years in the theatre, how my eyes still go straight to the puppet character when its well manipulated, almost ignoring completely the actor-puppeteer. After more than two years on Broadway, this show will certainly make its mark and contribute greatly to live puppetry being accepted into main stream theatre in the United States. At last ... good on you, Avenue Q!