They might be fuzzy and multicoloured, but the characters of the Broadway smash hit musical Avenue Q, opening Tuesday (July 29) at the Elgin, have problems just like the rest of us. College-grad Princeton suffers a quarter-life crisis and rents a pad on New York's Avenue Q.
His motley neighbours include the porn-addicted Trekkie Monster; Rod and Nicky, two roommates who might be more than just friends; and Gary Coleman, the building's washed-up superintendent. Sesame Street this certainly ain't. Luckily we managed to catch up with one of the avenue's colourful residents, Kate Monster, for some neighbourly insight. See Opening.
What's the hardest part about being a monster in New York City?
For the most part, I don't have a problem being a Person of Fur in NYC. Sometimes store clerks watch me a little too closely, or guys go out with me just to say they dated a monster, or strangers think it's okay to just reach out and touch my fur, but most people are cool about it.
Do you ever go to see Broadway musicals? Any recommendations?
I love Broadway musicals! But on the salary of a kindergarten teacher's assistant, I can't really afford them, so I go to the TKTS booth. I'll see almost anything, but I refuse to see Young Frankenstein because I think it perpetuates terrible monster stereotypes.
Of all of your neighbours on Avenue Q, who do you like the most?
Christmas Eve is the only other woman I know on Avenue Q, so she and I sometimes do a little female bonding. She's a therapist with two master's degrees, so she's a good listener. And she has no clients, so she has time for me.
I've heard you're in the market for a boyfriend. What is your ideal first date?
My ideal first date would be super-romantic and probably be an all-day event that I could remember in a montage: listening to a concert on a blanket in Central Park, looking at art at the Met, getting a pretzel from a pretzel stand and then getting mustard on my cheek fur that my date has to wipe off...
Which figures from history inspire you the most?
It is a little known fact that Albert Einstein was a monster. He had to shave his face, neck and hands in order to pass. It was the only way he could get published. But his genius still does the monster community proud.
What do the folks on Avenue Q think of Canada, your neighbour to the north?
Canada is a great place to find a girlfriend or boyfriend. Or health coverage. Or a boyfriend or girlfriend with health coverage.