Avenue Q

If Sesame Street depicts early childhood, then Avenue Q depicts your first apartment. The neighbors are crazy, and it’s a little worn around the edges, but you love it anyway. This little-puppet-musical-that-could won the 2004 Tony for Best Musical, upsetting popular behemoth Wicked. After five years of delighting audiences on Broadway, the hilarious show finally arrives in Seattle for a two-week run (Tues.–Sun. through June 22). Avenue Q follows Princeton, a recent college grad whose dreams of changing the world are sidetracked by the realities of living in the big city. The story is told with a combination of puppets and humans, including a porn-loving variation on Cookie Monster and a woman dressed in drag as Gary Coleman. With song titles like “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet Is for Porn,” and “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today,” Avenue Q bears the distinction of having the first musical cast album with a Parental Advisory label. Buy the expensive tickets. The puppets will be difficult to see from the cheap seats. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 467-5510, www.theparamount.com. $22–$70. 7:30 p.m. FRANK PAIVA

Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: June 10. Continues through June 22, 2008

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