Masturbation Banned!!!

It is with sadness that Bad Idea Bears Publishing announces that Trekkie Monster’s self-help book “Masturbation: The Medicine of Life” has been banned by the department of Decency and Moral Upstanding for being ‘too real’ and for sharing things which don’t need to be shared with the UK public citing the book is ‘too filthy and disgustingly crude’.
 
Trekkie is very upset with this new development and commented that if he ‘had any tissues left’, they would be drying his eyes.  Trekkie thinks this might have happened because it was too real… that he had ‘found the secret – the meaning of life’ but the powers that be have ‘strapped a chastity belt’ around his teachings.
 
The book preached to share how to live a happy and relaxed life using patented techniques from Trekkie Monster himself… to de-stress within and outside of the home.
 
Though the book has been banned, there are currently excerpts from the book online where Trekkie Monster has been sharing information each Friday at noon.  Check it out at www.medicineoflife.co.uk

Interview – Trekkie Monster talks about “Masturbation: The Medicine of Life”

This is further to the announcement shared here on 25th August regarding the release of Trekkie Monster’s first self-help book, “Masturbation: The Medicine of Life”.  In this interview, he discusses the success of his book.  The views shared in his book must go hand in hand with his belief that ‘internet is for porn’.  If you’ve seen Avenue Q, you know what we mean.  If you haven’t seen it, go now!  It’s closing on 30th October.  The book, like the show, has to be taken with the intent it is written… a bit of truth told with a humorous spin.  People shouldn’t take it too serious or be offended.
 
In the interview, Trekkie Monster talks about support from celebrities such as Margaret Thatcher, Barrack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Hugh Hefner.  He refers to himself as a literary genius and offers advice to those who want to write to ‘have an idea and to stick to it’ and ‘know your research material’… ‘do it and do it with love, do it with passion and conviction’.
 
He makes no apologies for the frankness in his book.  He believes masturbation helps relieve the stresses in life and doesn’t need to be boring so offers suggestions and tips in his self-help book.
 
See the interview here: www.youtube.com and read about his book here: www.medicineoflife.co.uk

Avenue Q is closing at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 30 Oct 2010

Avenue Q Posts West End Closing Notices for 30 Oct 2010, after a 4 and half years run in the London West End.

Avenue Q is still London’s funniest show by far, AVENUE Q is is the mischievous, badly behaved but irresistibly charming musical about the lovably hopeless characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues: love, work, relationships and, above all, just how are you supposed to pay the bills with a BA in English?

Hilarious and uproariously entertaining, with a terrific batch of songs performed by a cast of hugely talented performers and puppets, Avenue Q is the musical like no other that will have you in stitches for days afterwards. So don’t let your life suck – book your tickets today at the Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London.

Julie Atherton Launches New Album ‘NO SPACE FOR AIR’

Julie Atherton, who performed the Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the original West End run of Avenue Q, will launch her eagerly anticipated second album No Space for Air with her first ever solo engagement at London’s exclusive Delfont Room for one night only on Sunday 6 June 2010.

Julie Atherton: No Space for Air will showcase songs from the new album in a uniquely intimate setting, offering fans the first opportunity to hear this lauded leading lady cast her genre-defying interpretations on a range of classic tracks and brand new songs penned specially for her voice. The album will be available for the first time on the night.

Fusing an innate theatrical sensibility with a ravishingly raw, angst rock vibe, No Space for Air is a unique and groundbreaking album for the Spring Awakening and Lady Gaga generation. Julie’s musical influences range from Alanis Morissette and Skunk Anansie to legendary musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim, leading to a wonderfully eclectic and personal selection of material.

Julie Atherton is one of the West End’s most prolific and successful young musical theatre stars, having played the lead roles of Sophie in the smash hit musical Mamma Mia!, Serena in the everlasting Fame and Cathy in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years. Best known for originating the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the popular puppet musical Avenue Q, she is also an experienced concert artist, having headlined numerous musical engagements at venues as diverse as the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Albert Hall.

Julie’s debut album A Girl of Few Words is one of bestselling musical theatre releases of recent years, and the most downloaded album recorded by any West End musical theatre star. No Space for Air builds on her already established reputation as a recording artist. Her other recording credits include the original cast recordings of A Spoonful of Stiles & Drewe, Christmas in New York and Just So.

Julie Atherton: No Space for Air is produced by Neil Eckersley and Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment, with musical direction by Craig Adams.

For further information about No Space for Air, go visit www.nospaceforair.com

Tickets now on sale for Avenue Q at Wyndham’s Theatre

With a tranche of five star reviews and continuing box office success, Avenue Q has recently announced its extension into 2010.

Booking into its 4th year in London, the cult hit show Avenue Q has been playing to hugely enthusiastic crowds and standing ovations, proving highly addictive with its legion of fans coming back to see it over and over!

Avenue Q will transfer to the Wyndhams Theatre on the 19th March and tickets are now on sale for the contagious, fun-filled, frolic-fueled adventure that has captured the hearts of theatre-goers everywhere.

Described as “Witty, catchy and darn charming,” Avenue Q ingeniously combines a cast of humans and puppets who tackle subjects such as dating, racism, internet porn, being gay and finding your purpose in life. The show has enjoyed enormous success, both on Broadway and in London, proving to be the perfect musical for our time. The combination of accessible prices and a hilarious night out has proved to be the perfect recipe for an audience hungry for escapism.

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Avenue Q to move from Gielgud Theatre to Wyndham’s Theatre

Smash Hit musical Avenue Q is moving to Wyndham’s Theatre from The Gielgud Theatre, London for its fifth year run. Avenue Q continues the contagious, fun-filled, frolic-fueled adventure that has captured the hearts of theatre-goers everywhere.

Avenue Q is not the most upmarket of New York streets, and is about as far away from Park Avenue as you can get, but it is home to some lively and off the wall characters performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets!

Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate, has just moved to this neighbourhood as he desperately tries to follow his dreams and discover his ever-elusive purpose in life.

A tiny bank balance, the distraction of a busty blonde and a variety of weird and wonderful friends and neighbours lead Princeton on a hilarious story of self-discovery. Life may suck on Avenue Q but being jobless, homeless, politically incorrect, having sex (whether hetero, homo or porno… and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in the terrific songs of this show.

Avenue Q – Christmas Schedule

‘Tis the season to be jolly with Avenue Q! Whether you’re catching up with friends, organising an office night out, or just having some impromptu Christmas fun, Avenue Q is the perfect show this holiday season. With a festive ‘rates for mates’ deal, you can now get best available seats for just £25 when you book for a group of 5 or more. With extra matinee performances to see, there has never been a better time to take a trip down Avenue Q.

Avenue Q Christmas

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Monday 21 December   Evening 8pm
Tuesday 22 December Matinee 3pm Evening 8pm
Wednesday 23 December Matinee 3pm Evening 8pm
Thursday 24 December Matinee 3pm   
Friday 25 December CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday 26 December Matinee 5pm Evening 8.30pm
Monday 28 December   Evening 8pm
Tuesday 29 December   Evening 8pm
Wednesday 30 December Matinee 5pm Evening 8pm
Thursday 31 December   Evening 7.30pm
Friday 1 January   Evening 8pm
Saturday 2 January    Matinee 5pm Evening 8.30pm

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Avenue Q has been extended again at the Gielgud Theatre

A new booking period for the hit musical Avenue Q has now been announced with bookings being taken until the 20th March 2010.

Avenue Q continues the contagious, fun-filled, frolic-fueled adventure that has captured the hearts of theatre-goers everywhere.  

Join the residents of Avenue Q in their new home at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. Described as “Pant Wettingly Funny”, Avenue Q ingeniously combines a cast of humans and puppets who tackle subjects such as dating, racism, internet porn, being gay and finding your purpose in life.  Avenue Q is very much the perfect musical for our time.

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Review: The residents of Avenue Q take you in and make you part of the ‘family’

The residents of Avenue Q take you in and make you part of the ‘family’. What an enjoyable evening with friends!

Let’s talk about the Theatre so I can get into the Show…

I can’t stress it enough… the Gielgud Theatre is a beautiful theatre… classic, the way a theatre should be… with comfortable seats which is a must when sitting for any length of time. Staff were very friendly and kind! The only negative comment I would have is that it was pretty warm (and quite a few people commented on that or you could see them fanning themselves).

Now… to the show…

Be prepared to have a good evening (or afternoon) when you go to Avenue Q. It’s almost like an adult version of Sesame Street or The Muppets. The characters are cute and you can relate to them. The actors were awesome! There were 7 all together with only 4 of them handled the puppets. Their expressions and movements matched that of the puppets so it’s not like they were just controlling the non-human characters but were part of them. The humans and puppets interacted well and it was like they were genuine friends in a New York neighborhood.  The voices, the singing, the movements… marvellous! And the band… well… hats off to them. The music was funtastic! For the most part (or most what I remember), it was happy, upbeat music. And, of course, I sang the theme song all the way home. The set was great! It’s amazing what can be done with such a seemingly small area. You can see the thought and effort behind the most minor of details that added to the show.  Kudos to those behind the scenes that helped make it all happen.

The commonality between the characters is ‘it sucks to be me’. It is an honest look at life in a comedic light (because if we don’t laugh, we’ll cry – right!). It touches base on every aspect of life… touches base on real issues: graduating from university and not being able to find a job, unemployment or not being able to do the thing you love, dreams, bills/money problems, relationships between friends and between lovers, how everyone is a little racist, an honest look how we laugh at minor misfortunes of others, growing up (and not wanting to), broken hearts, homosexuality, marriage, the internet, porn on the internet (poor Trekkie – the perverted monster who actually has a kind soul), the ‘purpose’ in life, how giving makes you feel good, how our ‘bad idea bears’ influence our thinking, suicide, and yes… even religion.

This show hits on it all and will make you laugh… perhaps you’ll relate to some or all of it! I know I related to the scene between Christmas Eve and Kate Monster how your husband (or the person you love) can drive you crazy yet it’s worth it. It was like, ‘oh my God, I’ve felt that!’ in reference to wanting to hit your spouse with something out of frustration!

There are some touching moments, too!  You could hear the crowd sigh when Princeton touched Kate Monster’s cheek at a tender moment.

The words in the dialogue, songs and on the screens were perfectly chosen. Bravo to the whole company. No wonder it continues to be a success.

Warning: This show is not suitable for kids. There is swearing and nudity (yeah, believe it or not… nude puppets)! Although it may be cute like Sesame Street, it has adult content. Having said that, I must say that the swearing wasn’t as bad as what I had anticipated and the sex scenes were… well, I guess I wasn’t expecting any so they were surprisingly realistic or descriptive. But, that is part of life, as well, so I guess you have to go with the flow and take it all in stride.

The patrons all seemed to enjoy themselves. I know I certainly did. Well done! That is one show I would go and see again! Congrats, Avenue Q! Keep up the great work!

by Ann Kamran (stagetalk.co.uk)

[Rating:4.5/5]

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Avenue Q Musical is Moving to Gielgud Theatre in June

Avenue Q will close at the Noel Coward Theatre on 28th March… but will reopen at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue on 1st June, after the cast and puppets have taken a well deserved holiday!

Brash, vulgar and just downright funny – you’ve never seen a musical like Avenue Q before! The characters on this downtown street in New York are out of work, out of luck and desperately seeking their purpose in life; just what are you supposed to do with a B.A. in English? This is a hilarious show you’ll want to see again and again. Now starring Daniel Boys (from BBC’s search for a Joseph, Any Dream Will Do) along with a hugely talented cast of performers and puppets. Don’t let your life suck or be the only person on your street who hasn’t seen it yet – book your tickets today!

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