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Avenue Q (Original Broadway Cast Recording) [Explicit]

April 4, 2006 | Format: MP3

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By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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