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Avenue Q at Midtown Arts Center Delightfully Naughty

Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins
photo by Todd Harding
Avenue Q Poster at Midtown Arts Center in  Fort Collins
Photo by Todd Harding

My wife and I are lifetime members of the Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins. That means we get to see every show that is presented by the former Carousel Dinner Theatre.  Last night was a treat.  We saw the delightfully naughty production of “Avenue Q“.  It’s kind of like the Muppets, only with lots of cussing, controversial topics, and yes……sex.

There is one scene where 2 puppets go to town, if you know what I mean.  It may sounds  little weird. It is, but it works.  The show is very funny. I don’t laugh out loud very often, but I laughed hard at this one.  The songs kept me in stitches.  I also found myself singing along, which is not hard to imagine if you know me.

Sound of Music Poster Midtown Arts Center
Photo by Todd Harding

The cast was outstanding. I am constantly amazed at the wealth of talent we have right here in Northern Colorado.  Both the male and female performers had amazing voices and incredible acting talent. After a while I forgot I was watching people holding puppets and started to actually care about the little fowl-mouthed fuzzy monsters. And where else would you get to see Gary Coleman, played brilliantly by a woman.

If you are easily offended, the show is not for you. It’s also not for kids. Look at it the same way you would a rated R movie.  The show is hysterically irreverent.  I recommend it highly.  “Avenue Q” runs through St. Patrick’s Day at the Midtown Arts Center.


Tickets are available at the Midtown Arts Center box office (3750 South Mason in Fort Collins), by phone at 970.225.2555 or  online.

There are are  a couple of great shows left in this season’s lineup:

  • The classic musical “The Sound of Music” runs March 23rd-June 2nd.
  • Hairspray is June 8th-September 1st.


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