REVIEW: Avenue Q, The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

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Hit West End musicals are clearly like buses – you wait around for years in Blackpool and suddenly two arrive at once.

Avenue Q burst onto the stage of The Grand Theatre last night, a raucous, roaring production daring you not to laugh.

Challenging you to admit ‘everyone’s a little bit racist’, discover what your purpose in life is and sit through a solid few minutes of puppet love; this isn’t for the faint hearted.

While Mamma Mia!, up the street in the Opera House, offers audiences one true love and a sense anything is possible, this coming of age tale, established to tempt the Sesame Street generation into theatres, conversely offers lust and fading dreams.

There’s unerring friendship, a ‘vely good’ therapist and various types of love ins too, though.

A cast of seven make the delivery of 11 roles, including a slick has-been Gary Coleman and irresistible bad idea bears, look easy.

And the Fylde coast’s own Lucie-Mae Sumner, whose range from temptress Lucy to sweet Kate shows a true star in the making, steals the show.

All their efforts are repaid with a thundering standing ovation come the climax.

The show covers an amusing but serious array of topics, from relationships, sexuality and racism to the realities of adult life and finding your purpose, so fun for all the family...providing you’re all over 18 that is.

But remember, it’s only for now.

See it at The Grand every night this week until July 5, plus a Saturday matinee.

Katie Upton