Sharing the spotlight

Musical match: Pol Nicholson and Andy Bell play main characters in Avenue Q

After years of watching each other take to the stage, a musical Queenstown couple are joining forces.

Andy Bell and husband Pol Nicholson will both be treading the boards in Showbiz Queenstown’s Avenue Q

The Broadway smash hit, which won three Tony Awards, is a satirical coming-of-age story that imitates the format of shows such as Sesame Street

and Nicholson, 31, have been involved in local productions for years, but this will be the first time they’ve starred in the same show.

“We’ll get to hang out,” Nicholson says. “Usually when Andy’s in a show I don’t see him for three months, and when I’m in one he doesn’t see me for three months.”

Nicholson will play Brian, one of only three human characters in the show, while Bell will try out his puppeteering skills for the first time as lead puppet character Princeton.

“When you sing and dance you usually want to do it yourself, so it will be very different,” Bell says.

Rehearsals have already started, running four times a week up until the show.

Nicholson says putting on a show as edgy as Avenue is “brave – it should appeal to a different crowd, it’s definitely not for kids”.

Showbiz president Fiona Stephenson previously told Mountain Scenethat after tackling big hits like Chicagoand Les Miserables, and children’s shows like Annie, they want to try something a bit more out of the box. “It’s funny, it’s a night out, it’s adult.” Avenue will run from May 16 to 25 at the Queenstown Memorial Centre.