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Wed, 08 Feb 2006

Avenue Q / Original Broadway Cast
Avenue Q Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way, but I always seem to enjoy a musical more when I walk in knowing some of the music. This was really brought home to me a couple of weeks ago, when on a trip to New York I saw Avenue Q, Spamalot, Mamma Mia and The Lion King. I've listened to the cast albums of three of the four, missing only the latter. And enjoyed three out of four. Which may be familiarity, or it may be that, impressive staging and costumes aside, I'm not much impressed by Disney's approach to theater, no matter how fabulously successful it is.

What's interesting is that listening to the album before seeing the show doesn't spoil it. In all three cases, in fact in nearly every case I can think of, hearing the songs in context makes them richer and more interesting, indeed even more entertaining. Even a number like The Internet is for Porn, which is both funny and true on record, is worlds better when it's both seen and heard. Which is my way of encouraging you to both listen to and see this Rent-meets-Sesame Street (but definitely not for children) production. Puppet sex has to be seen to be believed, especially when the puppets only exist from the waist up!

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