On Monday, it was announced that the little musical that could, “Avenue Q,” would end its Broadway run on Sept. 13.
While this saddened me, I did remember that “everything in life is only for now.” I did see “Avenue Q” on Broadway two years ago when I was in New York. I had listened to the cast recording countless times–although not as much as I’ve listened to the cast recordings for “Company” and “The Producers.” I absolutely enjoyed myself at the show and thought it was very good for many reasons. First of all, the cast I saw was terrific and I actually got to see the understudy for Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut at that performance and thought she was terrific. Second of all, I liked how the show was written and staged. I thought the pop-up book-like set was very inventive and the use of the television screens on either side of the stage were used very well. And, yes, it is really like “Sesame Street” for adults and those who watched that show might find themselves laughing at it more than I did because I didn’t watch “Sesame Street” when I was younger.
But what really struck me about the book and the score was how there was really something for everyone. For the audience members in their late teens, 20s, 30s, the character’s experiences were things that they themselves were going through. And for the older people in the audience, they could laugh and look back and think “I was once there!” Although, my mother, who was at the show with me, related quite a bit to the line in “I Wish I Could Go Back to College” that laments how if one, at the age of 23, went back to college, you would think “Oh my god/These kids are so much younger than me.” My mother was in her mid-40s when she went back to college.
I didn’t see the tour when it was in Des Moines and I found out about the run in Chicago after it had ended when staring at a billboard awaiting the train at the Clinton Blue Line Station. Although my friends that have seen the tour enjoyed it greatly even sitting in “the nosebleed seats.” If you’re able to see it before it closes on Broadway, I recommend doing so. If not, try to catch the tour.