ARTIST: Original Broadway Cast Recording
TITLE: Avenue Q
YEAR RELEASED: 2003
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nothing has broken out of the theatre scene.
LINEUP: John Tartaglia, Stephanie D’Aburzzo, Rick Lyon, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Ann Harada, Jordan Gelber, Jennifer Barnhart
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Musical about puppets living on Avenue Q works on stage, but not really as a stand alone.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Anyone who has seen this play knows that it’s wonderfully subversive. A play about coming-of-age and the requisite anxieties of post-college life, performed by cute puppets who swear, drink and do other things not found on Sesame Street.
The soundtrack album, with the music detached from the sight of puppets, doesn’t quite work all of the time. Some of the songs really tie to the puppet action, and away from it, seems a bit off. And instead of songs, there’s dialogue too, which when you want to listen to the music sometimes interferes.
See this on the stage, and if you really like some of the songs, a few do work.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This won three Tony awards in 2004.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B-: Better see the play.