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Head straight for Avenue Q

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The hit Broadway and West End comedy musical visits Sunderland in July.

Credit: Darren Bell

The barnstorming, whistle-stop, national tour of smash-hit comedy musical Avenue Q alights briefly at the Sunderland Empire from 14-16 July.

Avenue Q is about growing up, dreaming big, and finding your purpose in life.

The multi-talented ensemble cast give life to the naughtiest puppets you’ll ever encounter in the coming-of-age tale of Princeton, who relocates to New York City’s rundown Avenue Q, alongside a bunch of fantastically quirky neighbours.

Sprinkled with standout songs including You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You’re Makin’ Love), Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist and The Internet is for Porn, Avenue Q is a hugely entertaining tour de force of political incorrectness with a warm (and very fuzzy) heart.

Rarely off stage since it was first performed in 2003, Avenue Q was created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of Book of Mormon and songwriter for Disney’s Frozen).

Tony awards for Best Musical and Best Score were garnered during a long Broadway run, while Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production ran for five years.

Avenue Q is produced by Sell a Door Theatre Company, formed to create touring theatre aimed at teens and young adults with the ambition to attract young audiences and to excite them to the possibilities of theatre.

It is co-produced by Richard Darbourne Ltd.

Avenue Q, Sunderland Empire, 14-16 July, 7.30pm or 2.30pm Wednesday matinee, from £15. Click to buy.