So I got an invite to see Avenue Q in Chicago Illinois this week. Not only was I absolutely thrilled to see that Avenue Q was going to be going to the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago Illinois starting in early May, but that is also the theatre that had hosted one of Chicago’s longest running musicals Wicked. Not only do I love the show and will get into why it will be a must see Broadway show in Chicago, but I love the theatre it will be in. Lately I have been disappointed with theatres like the national theatre in Washington DC, but this is one of the classic goddy theatres in America.
The Bank of America Theatre or also known as the Oriental Theatre in downtown Chicago is one of those old theatres that you never forget. It is completely over decorated in everything asian from India to Tibet to Thailand and more. Everything is overadorned and you’ll find details on just about everything. It gives you that classy, glamorous feeling that you would expect when you go to a theatre and that is one of the reasons I love these old fashioned theatres. They really bring the class back into a show. The only thing missing is one of the giant chandeliers that you always except to fall and sort of hope they do so you can see them up close. Anyways onto why Avenue Q is a must see show in Chicago at the Bank of America Oriental Theatre.
Avenue is one of those funny shows that combines a couple of different shows and appeals to just about everyone. I already did a review of it in this post about Avenue Q so I’m not going to re review it but because that would be overkill, however this is one of those shows that is almost impossible to have a bad performance with.
The Actors lucked out that get to do this show because besides the Gary Coleman character everyone is pretty much a muppet and has the ability to make a vocal mistake because they can move the muppet into a funny or embarrassed position or even just play it off like that is how it was supposed to sound. They have a lot of room to mess around with the show, even though the producer would be pissed but in reality, the script is hilarious and because of the fact that they are muppets and singing about porn, a couple mistakes played off well can actually be even funnier.
I might actually make a trip to Chicago specifically just to see Avenue Q at the Bank of America Theatre because this really is a show that is worth seeing. It is one that will almost always make you laugh and after you have heard the soundtrack you will definitely sing along. Avenue Q always gets 4 out of 5 stars for me because you remember it, you love the songs and it makes you laugh or brings out emotions. Avenue Q is a must see show and because it is in one of Chicago’s most fabulous theatres, it is even more of a must see.