Coming-of-age musical

Curtis Lavender
Curtis Lavender

Goring student 16-year-old Curtis Lavender takes on the role of Newcomer in the Brighton Theatre Group’s production of the hit Broadway and West End musical Avenue Q.

Curtis, who is currently studying mathematics and double music at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy, joins the show, which features a cast of wacky puppets, accompanied at all times by their human minders.

Also taking part is Sarah Milner who lives in Shoreham and who recently played lead violin in the orchestra for Les Miserables at the Brighton Dome. She returns to the stage for her latest role as Bad News Bear.

The show runs at Brighton & Hove’s The Old Market from Tuesday-Saturday, February 11-15.

With direction from Nathan Potter and musical direction by Simon Gray and his live band, Avenue Q was originally dreamt up as a pastiche of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show by creators Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.

The musical tells the story of Princeton (played by Edd Berridge), an English graduate with no purpose in his life who finds himself in an ‘outer-outer’ New York borough where he meets a whole host of colourful characters including kindergarten teaching assistant Kate Monster (Sarah Edinburgh), Republican banker Rod (Gary Lynn), slacker Nicky (Jamie Collins), comedian Brian (James Donougher) and Japanese therapist Christmas Eve (Elsie Lovelock-Edgar).

Themes of inadequacy, lack of purpose and disillusionment with life are all featured in the original songs, including It Sucks To Be Me, Purpose and I Wish I Could Go Back To College.

Show spokesman Chris English aid: “Avenue Q The Musical is the result of a wonderful collaboration between Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. The pair began writing Avenue Q in 1999, thinking that their idea would make for a great TV series.

“Three years later it opened off-Broadway, and after extending four times at the Vineyard Theatre following rave reviews and to the delight of all involved, the show went on to beat favourite Wicked to win three of the top 2004 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Original Score of a Musical and Best Book of a Musical.”

Tickets on or 01273 201801.