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Speaking of puppets…

March 27th, 2008 by · 29 Comments

… those of the hairy monster variety, and otherwise…

Both puppets and more standard human-types inhabit the witty, wild, and tres-naughty world of AVENUE Q — the Broadway hit now touring the country.

Mike, Kevin and I had a chance to meet some of the Avenue Q cast and crew last summer during Comic-Con in San Diego, when these plucky fellow puppetslingers were kind enough to invite us to see the show.

It was a riot. Bawdy as can be, to be sure… but if you can handle a little puppet sex*, sharp satire, and fun music, Avenue Q is a real treat.

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    This is exactly what it looks like: fornicating Muppets.

It was also great to meet the performers, some of the nicest people who ever made puppets do bad things. We had a few of them over to our house when the tour landed in Minneapolis, and their tales of life on the road were vicarious fun for Virginia and me. We’re relative homebodies these days, what with two young kids, so the hi-diddle-dee-dee life seemed very romantic. They, in turn, seemed grateful to be inside any structure that wasn’t a hotel.

Well, Virginia just informed me that our puppeteering pals will be featured on the Food Network show “Ace of Cakestonight, in an episode described thusly:

    Avenue Q Cake

    Avenue Q, the Tony award-winning musical, is landing in Baltimore and the cast has asked Duff to make a cake for their opening. The bakery staffs attends the opening night performance of Avenue Q and take a private backstage tour and meeting with the cast and the puppets.
    Plus,a Guitar Cake for a Bar Mitzvah.

    AIR TIMES:
    March 27, 2008 10:30 PM ET/PT
    March 28, 2008 1:30 AM ET/PT
    March 30, 2008 11:00 PM ET/PT
    March 31, 2008 2:00 AM ET/PT
    April 03, 2008 1:30 PM ET/PT
    April 15, 2008 10:00 PM ET/PT
    April 16, 2008 1:00 AM ET/PT
    April 22, 2008 1:00 PM ET/PT

It may be too late for some of you to see tonight’s show. But if you’re interested, it airs quite a few more times.

To Rob, Maggie, and the rest of the Ave. Q gang… wherever you are in the country tonight, hope all is well. May you always have cake.

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(* Oh, I know what some of you are thinking. I do. I know what some of you are planning to write in comments. Let me say in advance: for shame!)

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