The Tony-Award winning Broadway musical “Avenue Q” is making its way across the Globe and stopping off in Seoul for a two-month adventure.
The coming-of-age production portrays the harsh realities of life through the eyes of some crude and comical puppets. The story takes place on Avenue Q, a shabby area of New York, where a mixed bag of young professionals, homeless, and jobless puppets try and find their purpose in life.
Groove Korea caught up with actors Nicholas Duncan and Carly Anderson to share their controversial journey with puppetry, and to find out what Korea may be in store for.
Duncan, who is a British actor, plays the parts of Princeton, a fresh out of college puppet, and Rod, an uptight investment banker.
Carly Anderson, a Scottish actress, takes on the challenging roles of Kate Monster, your average girl next-door, and Lucy the Slut, a trashy southern belle. With an added twist of controversy, raunchiness and sexual innuendos what was it that inspired the actors to audition for this unique musical?
“It is a challenge to audition for a show and to be expected to perform a variety of disciplines,” Anderson said. “It’s difficult to find a show where you have the opportunity to play two very different roles,” she added.
Duncan was trained as a classical musical theater actor. He said, “I remember back in 2004 a friend telling me I needed to listen to this song, a monster singing about porn in a musical. I downloaded the whole soundtrack. I thought, “This is great, this is what musical theater is about.” It was just so different and the human behind the puppet is amazing. It’s incredibly rewarding when you watch yourself in a mirror and you can see that you brought this dead thing to life.”
From a global standpoint, Korea has not yet been exposed to such raw entertainment with issues of racism, homosexuality, and pornography before. The actors shared their thoughts on how the audience might respond to this type of musical.
“We’re excited because Korea hasn’t had this type of show before, and it’s a privilege for us to be the first people to kind of push those boundaries in a good way. Everyone faces these issues, no matter what nationality. I hope it brings about a healthy conversation about these subjects that maybe people wouldn’t otherwise talk about,” Duncan said.
Duncan and Anderson hope the audience will be shocked and delighted at the same time. “Puppets are so innocent and we can’t blame them for anything. It’s amazing what a puppet can get away with,” Anderson said.
“Avenue Q” premieres on August 23rd and runs until October 6th at the Charlotte theatre.
Charlotte theatre address:
40-1 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea
Ticket Prices – from 50,000 won to 130,000 won
Schedule – Weekdays 8:00 p.m., Saturday 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Sunday & Holidays 2:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Age – Over the age of 15 (Adult Content)
Internet Global Booking Site – ticket.interpark.com/global
English Information line – 1899-0833