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Cameron Mackintosh Ltd 'AVENUE Q'Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx'Book by Jeff Whitty'Directed by Jason Moore' 'No'l Coward Theatre, London (formerly the Albery Theatre)'Previewing from 01 June 2006 'Press Night: 28 June 2006 ''Pictured: Trekkie Monster.'Photography by Brinkhoff/Magenburg.  Please credit.'Distributed on behalf of Cameron Mackintosh Ltd by EPO Online (020) 7968 1560.  'Email: info@epo-online.com http://www.epo-online.com''For further press information, please contact:'Chamberlain AMPR on (020) 7240 5220'Email: ben@chamberlainampr.com'http://www.avenueqthemusical.co.uk''PERMITTED FOR USE IN NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, TV & INTERNET TO ACCOMPANY EDITORIAL IN CONNECTION WITH THE RSC. FOR ANY OTHER USE, PLEASE CONTACT EPO.''LIVE EDITORIAL PUBLICITY RIGHTS ONLY 'This image has been supplied for free use to accompany editorial, reviews and listings during the run of this production/cast only.  For any other uses, please contact EPO Online.

Cameron Mackintosh Ltd 'AVENUE Q'Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx'Book by Jeff Whitty'Directed by Jason Moore' 'No'l Coward Theatre, London (formerly the Albery Theatre)'Previewing from 01 June 2006 'Press Night: 28 June 2006 ''Pictured: Trekkie Monster.'Photography by Brinkhoff/Magenburg. Please credit.'Distributed on behalf of Cameron Mackintosh Ltd by EPO Online (020) 7968 1560. 'Email: info@epo-online.com http://www.epo-online.com''For further press information, please contact:'Chamberlain AMPR on (020) 7240 5220'Email: ben@chamberlainampr.com'http://www.avenueqthemusical.co.uk''PERMITTED FOR USE IN NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, TV & INTERNET TO ACCOMPANY EDITORIAL IN CONNECTION WITH THE RSC. FOR ANY OTHER USE, PLEASE CONTACT EPO.''LIVE EDITORIAL PUBLICITY RIGHTS ONLY 'This image has been supplied for free use to accompany editorial, reviews and listings during the run of this production/cast only. For any other uses, please contact EPO Online.

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IF needy pop star Jennifer Lopez was to be reincarnated in puppet form it is likely it would be one of the foam fellows or material girls living on Avenue Q...

“The puppets are looked after so well,” confirms Adam Pettigrew, lead actor and puppeteer on the first UK tour of the phenomenon.

“They’re under lock and key and we’re only allowed to touch them during the show. They’ve got air conditioned cases they go off around the country in to keep them cool.

“We have to sanitise our hands before we use them. We’ve got a person who looks after their hair and their costumes... Well, they are the stars of the show and there’s only one of each.”

Adam graduated out of drama school last summer and is now on the road with a cast that includes 30 puppets for an outrageous show that delivers mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness in a musical with a difference.

Billed as an adult version of Sesame Street – although the show has nothing to do with Jim Henson’s enduring creations – it romps through songs touching on sex, being jobless, homelessness, and how the internet was ‘really designed for porn’.

“My grandma has seen it twice and loves it,” says Adam, asked about the demographic which kept it sold out in London for five years. “It’s got a universal appeal because there’s something you can relate to. It’s real life, just with puppets.”

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