Melissa and I saw a University of Arizona production of Avenue Q Friday evening. It was brilliant. The songs were more memorable than Wicked’s (it was great though); the set was as much a character and as memorable as the set of Les Miserables’. And it had the most graphic puppet sex scene since Team America the movie.
I’m glad they left the Gary Coleman character in. There are worse ways of being memorialized. The musical won a Tony in 2004. It’s now 8 years old and still as relevant. The question is will it be as relevant 20 years from now? In a way yes. The specific details may be lost. And audiences will wonder if Gary ever existed.