What is Avenue Q, and how is Larrikin Puppets involved?

Avenue Q is an American Broadway stage musical conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. It is an adults only parody of Sesame Street, and won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical (beating Wicked). Our own Brett Hansen was “Puppetry Consultant” in Brisbane (providing puppetry training to all puppeteer cast members) and performed as part of the 2012 Brisbane Arts Theatre cast. Brett co-puppeteered the characters Trekkie Monster and Nicky, and also performed two dancing rats.

Brett provided puppetry training again for completely new casts in 2014 at the Brisbane Arts Theatre, in 2017 at Sunnybank Theatre Group Inc., and in 2018 (with Elissa Jenkins) at Shoebox Theatre Company in Toowoomba for their February 2019 production.

Brett was not involved in the 2015 Brisbane Arts Theatre production, or the various Phoenix Ensemble productions in Beenleigh.

In both 2014 and 2016, Brett and Elissa attended the off-Broadway production of Avenue Q at New World Stages in New York City where it all began. In 2016, they were taken on a backstage tour where they were able to explore the set and the puppets. 

Trailer for the 2012 Brisbane production:

The puppetry workshops we provided in Toowoomba featured on Seven News!