VISITING Avenue Q is like spending an evening with your best friends (except they're probably less furry).

If you fancy an evening out where you can relax, be yourself and have a really good time, you could do a lot worse then take a turn down Avenue Q. This Tony Award-winning modern musical inspired by Jim Henson's Muppets is essentially Sesame Street for adults, except its puppet stars are learning things that you probably already know, as this show is your life - only funnier.

Princeton, a fresh-faced 22-year-old graduate arrives on Avenue Q looking for a place to rent.

The hard work is over and he's got his life ahead of him. He is going to have a nice place to live, get a great job and find a girlfriend. There's just one problem, as the opening song explains: 'What do you do with a BA in English?'

Princeton soon learns that his dreams may be harder to achieve than he thought, especially when he can't find his purpose.

It is up to you whether it is puppet or person you choose to concentrate on, but a bit of both is best.

Leading the terrific cast is Daniel Boys, whose fine voice and good looks made him a popular finalist on last year's BBC Joseph search Any Dream Will Do. Boys skilfully performs as Princeton and Rod, switching from romantic lead to comic character with ease.

I have been fortunate to see some excellent musical performances from Mark Goldthorp in the past, and he steps up to the challenge again here in three roles, demonstrating versatile vocal ability and great comic timing with his lead characters Nicky and Trekkie Monster.

Jacqui Sanchez provides sterling support as Goldthorp's 'right-hand man'. Rachel Jerram is making her West End debut understudying as Kate Monster, and I was glad to see her as she is clearly a very promising talent with a powerful voice and emotive acting.

As on Sesame Street, there are human characters on Avenue Q who are unfazed by living alongside their colourful foam friends: Edward Baruwa, Christopher Fry and Yanle Zhong play ex-child star Gary Coleman, Brian and Christmas Eve and all are amusingly energetic.

The set is a surprisingly adaptable reproduction of a stereotypical New York street, and the music is performed live by a multi-talented great-sounding band led by Douglas Whyte.

Avenue Q rapidly earned itself what could be called a cult following of devoted supporters; if you meet someone who's seen the show (me included) they've probably seen it several times. In fact, two years ago Avenue Q was my favourite 21st-century musical in the West End.

This year the cast have changed but my opinion remains the same.

For more information, including video clips and photos, see the show's website: .

For tickets, call the box office on 0844 482 5141.