Avenue Q
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Avenue Q

April 4, 2006

  Song Title Artist
The Avenue Q Theme The Company
What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?/It Sucks To Be Me Jordan Gelber;John Tartaglia
If You Were Gay John Tartaglia;Rick Lyon
Purpose John Tartaglia
Everyone's A Little Bit Racist John Tartaglia;Stephanie D'Abruzzo;Natalie Venetia Belcon;Jordan Gelber;Ann Harada
The Internet Is For Porn Stephanie D'Abruzzo;Rick Lyon
Mix Tape Stephanie D'Abruzzo;John Tartaglia
I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today Jordan Gelber;Ann Harada
Special Stephanie D'Abruzzo
You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love) Natalie Venetia Belcon;Rick Lyon;Jennifer Barnhart
Fantasies Come True John Tartaglia;Stephanie D'Abruzzo;Rick Lyon
My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Canada John Tartaglia
There's a Fine, Fine Line Stephanie D'Abruzzo
There Is Life Outside Your Apartment Jordan Gelber;John Tartaglia
The More You Ruv Someone Ann Harada;Stephanie D'Abruzzo
Schadenfreude Natalie Venetia Belcon;Rick Lyon
I Wish I Could Go Back to College Stephanie D'Abruzzo;Rick Lyon;John Tartaglia
The Money Song Rick Lyon;Natalie Venetia Belcon;John Tartaglia
School for Monsters/The Money Song (Reprise) Rick Lyon
There's a Fine, Fine Line (Reprise) / What Do You Do with a B.A. in English? (Reprise) Rick Lyon;John Tartaglia;Stephanie D'Abruzzo;Ann Harada
For Now Stephanie D'Abruzzo;Jordan Gelber;Natalie Venetia Belcon;Ann Harada;Rick Lyon;John Tartaglia;Jennifer Barnhart

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 6, 2003
  • Release Date: October 6, 2003
  • Label: RCA Victor
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  • Total Length: 1:00:35
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  • ASIN: B0013D804G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,623 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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153 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely hysterically funny musical! October 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
My wife and I just saw this on Broadway last week. It was one of those wipe-the-tears-of laughter from my eyes experience.

The standard description for the show has been "Sesame Street meets South Park", because the puppets, the setting and the music all are OBVIOUSLY Jim Henson-inspired, and because it is gleefully bawdy and offensive in an equal-opportunity kind of way.

While that is true, I found that the true similarity lies within the amount of truth and humanity all three have. Things are said, and ideas proposed, that would be inappropriate for "humans" to say. Seeing "puppets" talk about racism, porn, homosexuality, poverty and love enables you to look at it from a slightly different angle, and you'll learn a little bit more about yourself without even trying.

That is, if you can stop from laughing so dang loud.

The cast album perfectly captures the show, including just enough of the dialogue to give you the gist of the entire production. The vocal talent is impressive, with most singers doing two (or more) parts.

Seeing it live, realizing they are acting and puppeteering at the same time, the talent rises from "impressive" to "awesome".

The songs are flat-out irresistible. You'll be humming along before the individual songs even end.

The titles alone induce giggling: "What Do You Do With a B.A. in English", "It Sucks To Be Me", "The Internet is for Porn"...

Now, let's be perfectly clear. This is NOT for everyone. If you are easily offended, if you are homophobic, if you are uncomfortable talking about sex or race...this is NOT for you. This is not for kids.

It IS one of the most riotously funny Broadway experiences I've ever had. And the CD captures it perfectly.

By the way, if you haven't seen puppet sex, you haven't lived...

("It's OK to Be Loud As Hell (When You're Making Love)".
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
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Yes, the new musical, "Avenue Q" looks like an episode of "Sesame Street," but be forewarned parents, the "Parental Advisory Warning" isn't there for no reason. This brilliant new Broadway show takes a cast of foam characters, who look suspiciously like the Muppets, and uses them to tackle decidely adult issues such as sex, pornography, racism, homosexuality, drug use, cruelty and cynicism. Ironically, this musical's most recent forebear is "Rent," and while that show told its story through rock opera while this one tells it through bouncy, cheery songs that sound like children's music but are in fact raunchy, vulgar, and most importantly, wickedly clever and satirically dead-on parodies (Think of the music to "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" and you'll get the general idea.), the shows' subject matters are remarkably similar, even if their overall tones couldn't be more divergent. Monsters who masturbate? Two male roommates who bring the supposed gay subtext of Bert and Ernie into the forefront? Songs that teach us such valuable lessons as "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist," "The Internet is for Porn," and "You Can Be Loud As the Hell You Want When You're Making Love"? Sesame Street this ain't. Absolutely hilarious it is. If you're in New York, you MUST go see this show, which is funnier than "Urinetown," "The Producers," and "Hairspray" combined. If you aren't, buy this cast album to get even just a small idea of the warped and wonderful world of "Avenue Q."
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY Q March 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Mixing Rent, Sesame Street, South Park and The Simpsons into a musical comedy and you get Avenue Q.
Q has Rent's characters, Street's puppets, Park's bitting wit and a tip of the hat to Bart and Homer in its delivery. It is adult entertainment for the 70's generation who grew up watching Sesame Street. It's the back alley which we never knew, and really wanted to know about deep down. The cd makes the transfer from Broadway stage to compact disk without a problem.
The Music of Avenue Q is hip, wicked and amazing funny The music is also a mesh of 70's pop rock lyrics that are character driven more than humor driven. By doing this, it makes Q funnier in scope and delivery. John Tartaglia and Stephanie D'Abruzzo head an assemble cast with a catchy soundtrack.
For example, the song "The More You Ruv Someone" sound like a Muppet ballad, almost in the spirit of classic Sesame Street tunes penned by Joe Raposo with hipper modern lyrics .
The cd confidently captures the Broadway show with aplomb. You will listen and wish you were in New York watching this show. This is what a great theater soundtrack should make you do. It's worthy of any Broadway cd collection
Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure if you're gonna love it or hate it? Read this! October 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Amazon Verified Purchase
If you've read through several of the past reviews, you'll see that people tend to react STRONGLY to this material -- most think it's brilliant, but some find it trite or offensive, and you may be having trouble determining into which category you will fall.

I went to college with one of the composers, and I knew as soon as I read the song titles on this album that I would LOVE this show -- not only because Bobby is such a talented musician, but because the show's sense of humor is very much based on the experiences that our generation had in college and beyond.

In a nutshell, you will LOVE this show if you meet these two basic criteria:

1) You have a genuine fondness for Sesame Street. If you grew up loving the muppets and enjoying the simple truisms and upbeat tunes of Sesame Street songs, then you will appreciate the music and the style of the show. As a 30-year-old parent of a toddler, I have found myself falling in love with Grover and Prairie Dawn and the gang all over again as I watch the show with her and see it through her (delighted!) eyes. We own a 25th anniversary DVD of the best musical numbers from Sesame Street, and I think my husband and I have even more fun watching it than our daughter does, because as adults, we have come to realize that the musicians who write Sesame Street songs are BRILLIANT composers with strong backgrounds in numerous musical genres. The same can be said for the writers of Avenue Q -- sometimes it takes a very complex understanding of music theory and history to write songs that are so truly simple in their catchy melodies and so simply true in their clever lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Love the show and the soundtrac.k It's Sesame Street for adults. It is stupid for me to be required to have more words than necessary for a review.
Published 25 days ago by jeffrey p lingenfelter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great play to teach lifes real lessons to anyone wuilling to listen
An Adult sesame St.Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!Teaches mony life lessens about bigotry and finances and relationships.A very good play.Wish I could get the video
Published 1 month ago by Timothy Jankowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show!
I saw this show and loved it! I had been looking for this cd for awhile. I have confirmed that the whole cd plays although there are scratches on it.
Published 1 month ago by Sweet Warrior
4.0 out of 5 stars a real goof
Like the show, the CD is a lot of fun, although probably not as much fun for homophobes or Republicans.
Published 1 month ago by James L. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars It Makes Me Smile
After going and seeing a live performance of this play, I had to have the Soundtrack, and my daughter thinks I am crazy as I sing along with these song.
Published 2 months ago by Lora Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
CD in get condition and of course the music is great! If you love musicals this is a must get!
Published 2 months ago by Laura H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Got this after seeing the show live, and now can enjoy it over and over again. Truly a classic show.
Published 3 months ago by steve_in_pa
5.0 out of 5 stars Sesame Street for Adults
We saw this play at a local theater, and this is exactly right. Has all the songs that I heard at the theater.
Published 3 months ago by Gail N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
My son took me to see the show for my birthday and we both loved it. I couldn't think of a better Christmas gift for him than the soundtrack.
Published 3 months ago by milagros gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this avant garde musical. I saw it in a summer stock...
A truly neat and innovative, as well as extremely entertaining musical, with sociological nuance, at the very least, and blatant broadcast at the most.
Published 4 months ago by J. Corn
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