AVENUE Q – A Totally Fabulous Place To Be

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

AVENUE Q – now at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre until February 27th – is an absolute must-see. The show is a collection of songs written by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx which are completely charming and memorable. The book by Jeff Whitty is packed with punch, panache and poignancy.

AVENUE Q is all about hopes and dreams, reality and fear, being flush or broke, love/sex/and friendship (and all the phobias in-between), racism, political correctness – in short, the experience of home – on Avenue Q. The tone is set by “Princeton” – fresh out of college, looking for a cheap place to live – who poses the same question many graduates will be asking come June, “What do you do with a B.A. in English?” His future neighbors follow through with a pithy summary of their own resumé, “It sucks to be me”.
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AVENUE Q. Production photos by John Daughtry
ROD: “Ah, an afternoon alone with my favorite book, Broadway Musicals of the 1940s!
NICKY: You were just born that way, and, as they say, “It’s in your DNA!” You’re Gay!

The Opening Night cast was superb, the primo ensemble for a show that juggles the viewer’s perspective between the individual performer and their character puppet. One is wedded to the other. In the vocal department is an extravagant combination of cartoon speech and really fine musicianship. The cast features David Colston Corris (Princeton, Rod), Tim Kornblum (Brian), Ashley Eileen Buckham (Kate, Lucy), Michael Liscio, Jr. ( Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Bear), Lisa Helmi Johanson (Christmas Eve), Anita Welch (Gary Coleman), Kerri Brackin (Mrs. Thistletwat, Bear), and in the Ensemble – Ben Hart, Katie MCcreary, Laura Yumi Snell, and Zach Trimmer.

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TREKKIE MONSTER: “The Internet Is for Porn!”
KATE MONSTER: “You can be as loud as the hell you want (when you’re makin’ love).”

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LUCY: “I can tell just by looking that you’ve got it hard. For me! For me!”
PRINCETON: “I wish I could go back to college.”

AVENUE Q plays through Sunday, February 27th. Click here to purchase tickets on-line: AVENUE Q

Coming next to the Orpheum Theatre, April 8th—10th, a tribute to the Beatles: RAIN.
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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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